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Sr. Mary Jane, 90, shares children’s wisdom in ‘Whatever Happened to the Sandbox?’

Longtime educator Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, holds her newly published book, “Whatever Happened to the Sandbox? Enjoying the Creative Wisdom of Children.” (The Catholic Post/Jennifer Willems)

ROCK ISLAND — When you’re teaching classes with 45 and 60 students at a time, it doesn’t take long to amass a large collection of stories that amuse and inspire. Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB, tells some of her favorites in a new book, “Whatever Happened to the Sandbox? Enjoying the Creative Wisdom of Children.” […]

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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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Rock Island Benedictines plan prayer service for families separated at border

St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island.

ROCK ISLAND — Concerned for the children separated from their families at the U.S. border and the effect this will have on all concerned for years to come, the Sisters of St. Benedict of St. Mary Monastery are inviting people to join them in asking God for guidance this Saturday, July 14, at “Keep Todas […]

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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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Sister Joyce Rupp will present mini-retreat, sign books in Moline on April 16

Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM, will talk about "Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life" during her Moline visit.

MOLINE — Sister Joyce Rupp, OSM, will present a mini-retreat on “Boundless Compassion: Creating a Way of Life” on Monday, April 16, at the Believers Together Center at Christ the King Church, 3205 60th St. Her visit is being sponsored by Benet House Retreat Center at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. The evening will […]

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Benedictine’s ‘eclectic’ Christmas village puts Nativity at the center of it all

Sister Mary Core, OSB, said it delights her to watch children enter into “the wonderland of little houses and people and motion” of her Christmas village at St. Mary Monastery in Rock Island. (Provided photo)

ROCK ISLAND — Benedictine Sister Mary Core didn’t start out to make a Christmas village that enchants children and adults who visit St. Mary Monastery from late Advent through the Christmas season. It just sort of happened. What is more intentional is the focus on why Christmas is such a meaningful — as well as […]

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