Last updated July 10, 2014
We believe that the divine presence is everywhere . Rule of Benedict
We are the Catholic Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery.
Originally from Nauvoo, Illinois, the Benedictine Sisters moved to the
Quad-City area in 2001.
We serve in parishes, college campuses, homeless shelters, food pantries and in other ministries.
Benedictine Sisters live together with the purpose of seeking and serving God as one. Join Us!
Playing Jenga with Our Lives
By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB
I’ve been thinking about the game Jenga ever since our recent reading about the fool who built his house on sand.
Have you ever played Jenga? You start with a strong tower of wood blocks, removing the blocks, one by one, till it falls.
Obviously, the loser is the one who causes the tower to fall.
I think Jenga is the perfect illustration of the house on the sand … and of how we dismantle our own lives when we don’t take care of each block. Think about it.
When we find and follow the path God has for each of us – and it includes prayer, forgiveness, mercy, generosity – our tower is reinforced. God is always ready to help us rebuild it.
New Volunteer Program!
We are debuting our new volunteer program here at the monastery.
It's for women and men, 21 years of age and over, who wish to live with the monastic community for a period of 2 weeks - 1 year.
The purpose? To deepen your relationship with God by praying with and working alongside the Benedictine Sisters.
Seeking God Together