Programs and Events


The Benedictine Sisters offer occasional days of retreat and spirituality programming.

For information about the Annual Testimonial Dinner, click here. 


A Free Will Offering can be made for the following Programs and Events offered by the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago here -

Dreams and Spirituality-Virtual Workshop

Sister Pat Coughlin, OSB, a spiritual director, and licensed psychotherapist is offering a Dreams and Spirituality Workshop beginning January 19th. (Tuesday mornings Jan. 19 & 25, Feb. 2 & 9, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)

Sister Pat can accommodate a maximum number of 12 participants (minimum of 4). Participants are urged to begin recording their dreams as soon as they register in preparation for the workshop. 

The workshop will include input, group discussion, and sharing in dyads. Participants are asked to bring their dream journals or begin writing their dreams in preparation for the workshop. 

Register: By phone 773.764.2413 x232, or email


Promotional flyer for download.

The True Cost: Stories of Human Trafficking


The Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking has rescheduled this event for Saturday, January 23, 2021, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Sister Benita Coffey, OSB, a member of IWRAHT, originally arranged for this to be a live performance in the St. Scholastica Chapel for March 2020 but the event had to be postponed due to the pandemic. 

Please register to view this important performance and panel discussion by Jan. 19th via email

The True Cost: Stories of Human Trafficking, written production by Jenny Magnus performed by Still Point Theatre Collective, gives voice to the forgotten ones: the people who are forced into sexual servitude; the children who are exploited for slave labor; the adults who are lured into domestic labor that turns out to be entrapment.

Following the production, there will be a post show panel discussion with local experts and activists.

Sponsored by: Illinois Women Religious Against Human Trafficking


Promotional flyer for download.

A Deeper Look at Fratelli Tutti in Spite of its Title


Please join Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB each month for a reflection and participatory hour on Pope Francis’ encyclical, Fratelli Tutti.


Join us on the third Thursday of the month (Beginning Feb. 2021) from 7:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

For more info or to register, contact: Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB, 773.764.2413 x248 or


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Lectio Divina


Learn the spiritual practice, of Lectio Divina, an ancient form of reading and praying with Scripture. This monthly evening practice, in a group setting, is perfect for those who are new to Lectio Divina or those who would like to have a little more practice. 

First Thursday of the month beginning in Feb. 2021. 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Scripture passages will be provided. Bring a journal if you wish!

To learn more or to register, contact Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB, 773.764.2413 x248 or

Promotional flyer for download.

“To Share the Common Table” A Benedictine Vision for Living in Times of Division

A Presentation by Nicole Sotelo


Sunday, March 7, 2021 3:00-4:30 p.m. 

Whether seen through the lens of racism, politics, or the pandemic, the divisions in our country became more visible over the last year and our personal and collective wounds grew wider. How might our internal and communal narratives impact the divisions? Is there another narrative that may move us forward? Join the Benedictine Oblates of St. Scholastica Monastery as we welcome Nicole Sotelo to speak on the topic of narratives, healing, and forgiveness in a time of division. Ms. Sotelo is the communications coordinator at Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University and the author of Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace (Paulist Press) and Pray Your Way Through Forgiveness (Twenty-Third Publications). Sponsored by the Benedictine Oblates this event is FREE and OPEN to the public.




More info or questions: 773.764.2413 x232.
Please register by emailing

Promotional flyer for download.


Connections and Callings A virtual evening of discernment during Catholic Sisters Week 


Monday, March 8, 2021 7:00-9:00 p.m. 

God connects with our hearts in many ways, through various people and by different means. This evening we will engage in a reflective exercise which will help us explore where and how God is calling us in our everyday lives.

Join young single women (18-50) on Monday, March 8, 2021, 7-9 p.m.
To learn more, email, text or call:
Sister Belinda Monahan, OSB at or 847-859-9887

Catholic Sisters Week is an annual celebration that takes place from March 8-14 that shines a light on the spirituality, mission, and community building of women religious. Fifty-two weeks a year women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, and offer hope.

But for one week, March 8-14, Catholic Sisters Week shines the spotlight on women religious. Join us!

Promotional flyer for download.


Attend Your Reunion


SSA Chicago graduates meet every five years for their reunions. In 2021 we will celebrate the classes ending in '6 and '1 over a weekend in September or October, TBD. 

For more information visit the Reunion page here.


Ongoing Events


Our community has taken corporate stands against the death penalty, torture, excess military expenditures, and human trafficking. We also participate in activities to promote racial justice and compassionate immigration policy and are a sponsoring member of 8th Day Center for Justice. If you would like to be notified of future events so you can join in our justice efforts, please email Sister Benita Coffey  and asked to be placed on her list.




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