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Main fresco in St. Scholastica Monastery Chapel

Spirituality Programs
and Services

The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago offer occassional days of retreat and spirituality programming. To learn about upcoming events, click here.

The Benedictine Sisters also offer spiritual direction and pastoral counseling.

For spiritual direction, contact Sister Mary Melady, O.S.B. at

For pastoral counseling, contact Sister Virginia Jung, O.S.B. at 773.764.2413 x262. Sister Virginia provides pastoral counseling to families, couples, and individuals. She works with people who seek guidance and healing in relationships or in personal difficulties such as depression, anxiety, trauma, or substances abuse. Sister Virginia is a licensed clinical professional counselor, providing counseling in English and Spanish languages on a sliding scale basis.


Daily Prayer Reflections
on Scripture

Scriptural reflection (known as lectio in monastic tradition) is a priority in Benedictine prayer. As an aid to this rich source of communion with God, Sister Virginia Jung, OSB, writes a brief reflection for each day of the month. To access these reflections, you can find them posted daily on our facebook page.

Longer Reflections on Scripture or the Rule of St. Benedict

First Sunday of Advent - November 30, 2014

Second Sunday of Advent - December 7, 2014

Third Sunday of Advent - December 14, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent - December 21, 2014

Feast of the Holy Family - December 28, 2014


Each day we remember the intentions of all who ask for our prayers as we pray the Liturgy of the Hours, celebrate Eucharist and spend time in personal prayer. If you would like to have the Sisters pray for a special intention, we encourage you to send your request in an e-mail.

If you would like to make a donation in honor of a special occasion or in memory of a loved one, we will send a card in your name. Go to Contribute for more information.


There will be no Vespers on Saturday, April 11th and no Mass on Sunday, April 12th. Please visit our news blog for a full list of services during Holy Week.

You are always welcome to join us for prayers at St. Scholastica Monastery. Please call beforehand if you plan to join us for prayer on Christmas or Easter due to special mass and prayer times. 773-764-2413 ext 230 or 231.

St. Scholastica Monastery
7430 North Ridge Boulevard
Chicago, Illinois 60645-1913


Regular Prayer Schedule

Morning Prayer/ Eucharist
In St. Joseph Chapel*

Evening Prayer
In St. Scholastica Chapel
10:30 a.m. (Mass only,
St. Scholastica Chapel
5:15 p.m.**
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
5:15 p.m.
7:30 a.m.
7:00 p.m.

*Mass is celebrated when a priest is available,
otherwise a Communion Service is coupled with Morning Prayer.

**In Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter
Sunday Vespers
are at 5 p.m.

Other Prayer Resources on the Internet

The Monastic Inter Religious Dialogue (MID) is sponsored by North American Benedictine and Cisterian Monasteries of Men and Women. The website identifies MID as “an organization of Catholic monastic women and men who bring their charism of listening and hospitality to interreligious dialogue.” MID’s mission:

MID fosters dialogue at the level of spiritual practice and experience between North American Catholic monastic women and men and contemplative practitioners of diverse religious traditions. We engage in dialogue to promote the unity of the human family and mutual understanding among the world’s religions.

Daily Scriptural readings can be found at

Looking for a short spiritual moment on-line? Loyola Press offers a daily three minute on-line retreat. Visit You can also sign up for free e-newsletters at this website.


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