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Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, reflects on her eight years as Benedictine prioress

"My satisfaction comes both in the directions we set for ourselves and also in the work we've done to help that all come to fruition," said Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, of her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — As Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, looks back on her eight years as prioress of the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery, she finds joy in what the Sisters have accomplished together and is excited for what is to come. The Sisters of St. Benedict have started a discernment process that will lead […]

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Funeral Mass planned July 10 for Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB, 90

Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Norberta Vandersnick, OSB, a member of the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery for more than 70 years, died on July 7, 2018, at UnityPoint Health-Trinity in Rock Island. She was 90. Visitation is planned for today, July 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the chapel of St. […]

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“Year with the Saint John’s Bible” opens; masterpiece on display in Bloomington

Taking in the depiction of the genealogy of Jesus at the beginning of Matthew’s Gospel in the Heritage Edition of the Saint John’s Bible are (from left) Toni Wilken of Lexington, Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, prioress of St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island, and Carolyn Gray, Sharon McNamara and Feli Sebastian, all of Bloomington. (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

BLOOMINGTON — To say that the Saint John’s Bible is an artistic masterpiece would be true, but that isn’t why it was created. “The main reason we did this project is to remind people that the Bible, by its very nature, is communal. It’s meant to be shared,” said Tim Ternes, director of the Saint […]

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Father Gabriel Bullock, OSB, dies at 82; taught at St. Bede Academy, Peru

PERU — A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at the St. Bede Abbey Church here on June 15 for Father Gabriel (Gary) Bullock, OSB, a monk and priest of the abbey and a longtime English and religion teacher at St. Bede Academy. Father Gabriel, a Peoria native, died on Friday, June 10, 2016, at […]

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Sister Sandra Brunenn re-elected prioress by Rock Island Benedictine community

Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, is pictured with (left) Sister Kerry O'Reilly, OSB, president of the Federation of St. Benedict, and (right) Sister Mary Jane Vergotz, OSB, discernment facilitator for the process leading to Sister Sandra's election as prioress. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, has been chosen by the Benedictine community at St. Mary Monastery to continue as prioress for the next four years. She was installed during a simple ceremony immediately after her election on April 4. A festive brunch followed for the community’s 39 members and their guests. Among them […]

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