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 -

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Season of Creation Prayer Service

Tuesday, October 4, 2022 Central Time

Season of Creation Prayer Service

Join us Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 7 PM

on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi for a Virtual Prayer Service

Join us via Zoom!

Register in advance here: and we will send you the Zoom link on October 3rd. 2022.


Free will offering benefits the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

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Meeting Your Inner Poet

Sunday, October 9, 2022 Central Time

A Poetry Workshop with Oblate Barbara Wahler

Sunday, October 9, 2022

3:00-5:00 p.m. 

St. Scholastica Monastery and via Zoom 


Anyone can write poetry. A poem is merely a way of expressing our thoughts or emotions. Poetry can express joy or sorrow, ecstasy or lamentation, love or rage. From the psalms to romantic ballads to the Beat poets to modern rap – people have used poetry to play with language, share ideas, face tragedy; in short, to express what it is to be human, to connect with each other and with Spirit.


In this gathering, Oblate Barbara Wahler – who has been writing poetry since high school – will help us explore poetry in our lives. We will look at various types and meanings of poems. Participants will be invited to bring favorite poems to read and to create their own. Whether you’ve been writing poetry for years or never dared to try, all are welcome to join us in exploring Your Inner Poet.


More info or questions:, 773.764.2413 x327. 

Please register by emailing Sister Benita Coffey, OSB


Registration by October 1st, 2022 is required.  


If joining us virtually, you will be emailed a zoom link.


Free will offering benefits the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago

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Town Hall Conversation June 18th with Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB

Saturday, June 18, 2022, 10:00 a.m. Central Time

Please join Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB for a continuation of the discussion that began in March on Gabriel Moran's book What Happened to the Roman Catholic Church? What Now? Participants are invited to read, reflect, and connect with either the whole
chapter or any topic covered in the Tenth Chapter, Presence, Pages 196 - 213. Sister Patricia and Anthony Fasano will continue to lead this thought-provoking conversation on Gabriel Moran's work.

If you are interested in participating in the town hall, please respond by filling out the Google Form or by emailing Sister Patricia at

Did you miss the Book Review and Discussion on March 30th?
View it on YouTube here:

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World Labyrinth Day

Walk. Pray. Discover. 

Saturday, May 7, 2022, Noon-8:00 PM

Take a journey of the spirit and join us for World Labyrinth Day. Learn about
this ancient spiritual practice, meet new friends, and take a prayerful walk
on our monastery’s labyrinth. As you walk, you’ll discover why this practice is
called a pathway to peace.

There will be an introduction at Noon and a closing ceremony at 8 pm.
Feel free to come throughout the day. The Regional Representative of the Labyrinth Society, builder of this labyrinth, and Oblate at this Monastery, Dan Raven, will be available all day to assist with your questions and discuss your insights. New and experienced labyrinth walkers welcome! If there is rain, there will be a portable labyrinth available in a dry, indoor area.
Learn more:

or contact the Communications Coordinator at 773.764.2413 x232,

DOWNLOAD World Labyrinth Day Flyer here.

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Lecture Series on Laudato Si and Conservation 


Save the Dates for Sundays, April 3rd, and May 1st for this very special lecture series on Laudato Si and Conservation. 

"Living Laudato Si"

Laudato Si calls for us to respond to the cry of the environment and our communities. How can institutions and individuals do that? What communities set a good example of caring for our common home? What do the rest of us have to do to get there? Michael Terrien will present Living Laudato Si through an interview by Jerome McDonnell.     

Michael Terrien is an Oblate of St. Benedict. He serves on Vatican’s "Laudato Si Action Platform Dioceses and Parishes Working Group" and is the past chair of CADEIO Care of Creation Committee. Additionally, Mr. Terrien has served on the board of Parliament of the World Religions and continues on their Climate Action Task Force. He was also project director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. Michael co-founded the NGO Play for Peace and served as a board member of the Association for Experiential Education.

Did you miss the April 3rd Lecture? Please feel free to view it on demand from our YouTube channel here:

Great Lakes Conservation

Jerome McDonnell spent almost four decades in broadcasting at WBEZ. Jerome will talk about the things he's come to learn and appreciate about our Great Lakes through his many years of reporting. He'll describe what an ethical response to the challenges our waterways face would look like. He'll also reflect on his years in broadcasting and his attempt to be the "good media". 

Jerome McDonnell hosted WBEZ's global affairs program Worldview from 1994 until October of 2019. He was WBEZ’s environment and climate reporter through 2020. Over the past twenty-five years, he has interviewed world leaders like Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, Condoleezza Rice, and the Dalai Lama. But Worldview’s strong sense of social justice means some of Jerome’s most interesting guests were peasant organizers, environmental activists, and social entrepreneurs. Jerome believes broadcasting's highest calling is to bring people together to make a difference. Worldview’s long-running Global Activism segment featured people who’ve started health care, education, and community development organizations around the globe. Jerome was also Team Leader for Bike to Work Week and initiated composting at WBEZ.


Jerome will also be the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago's 2022 Spirit of St. Benedict Awardee, as presented at the June 8th Testimonial Dinner!

Did you miss the May 1st presentation? Feel free to view it from our YouTube channel here:

To learn more or to register, contact Communications, 773.764.2413 x232 or

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Connections and Callings

God Calls Us as We Are


This evening, in prayer, reflection, and discussion, we will explore what the idea of vocation might mean for us as well as the many ways God calls us in our lives and the many ways we recognize those callings.

Please join young single women (18-50) on Thursdays in 2022 from 7-9 p.m. at St. Scholastica Monastery. ***Masks will be required for the in-person event.

April 21, 2022

June 16, 2022

Virtual evenings may also be available.

Please contact Sr. Belinda to make arrangements.

Please RSVP by email, text, or call:
Sister Belinda Monahan, OSB or 847-859-9887


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Book Review and Discussion with

Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB


Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 | 7:00 PM US/Central time - Zoom

The Benedictine Sisters of Chicago invite you to an evening Book Review and Discussion with Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB, and Anthony Fasano on Gabriel Moran’s What Happened to the Roman Catholic Church? What Now?

The Book Review and Discussion will take place Wednesday, March 30, 2022, at 7 p.m. US/Central time.

Did you miss the Book Review and Discussion?

View it on YouTube here:

This book is a criticism of the inadequate reforms of the Church that followed the Second Vatican Council by an author who has written about the Church from 1960 on. Such issues as abortion, homosexuality, end-of life ethics, and the clerical sex scandal are individually examined and are also seen as symptoms of structural change that is needed. It offers a vision of a church organized in small communities, a structure that may not have been possible in past centuries but is both possible and necessary now. 

Sister Patricia Crowley currently companions people in spiritual direction and on retreats as well as in spiritual groups through the Ignatian Spirituality Program (ISP). As the founder of Bethany House of Hospitality, she continues to work with young women who are seeking asylum in our country. She is formerly the prioress of St. Scholastica Monastery, the president of the Conference of Benedictine Prioresses, a theology teacher at St. Scholastica Academy, and a long-time administrator of not-for-profit organizations dedicated to ending homelessness for people in Chicago. She holds a Masters degree in Catechetical Theology, is a woman of prayer and is definitely “a seeker.”

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

More info or questions:, 773.764.2413 x232,
Please register by filling out this form:
Registration by March 21 is required.  You will then be emailed a zoom link.


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Celtic Spirituality-Oblate Lecture -RECORDING found here!


The Benedictine Oblates of St. Scholastica Monastery invite you to an afternoon talk by Mary Deeley on Celtic Spirituality. The talk will take place Sunday, January 23, 2022, from 3-5 p.m. Please register to attend in person or by Zoom by emailing Please note that there is a limited amount of space available in person.


Mary Deeley is the Pastoral Associate and Director of the Christ the Teacher Institute at Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University. Mary earned a music degree from Dominican University, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and a PhD in Hebrew Scripture and Early Christian Literature from Northwestern University.  She has an abiding love for ministry and scripture and joined the staff as Pastoral Associate in 1997. Prior to working at Sheil, Mary put her degrees in music, ministry and scripture to use as both a campus minister and college and seminary professor of Scripture, ministry, preaching and spirituality. 

Mary is the author of three books: Mothers, Lovers, Priests, Prophets, and Kings:  What the Old Testament Tells Us About God and Ourselves, Daybreaks:  Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas, and Remembering God: Resting in the Midst of Life all published by Liguori Press, as well as numerous reflections and articles on the bible, lectionary readings, scripture, campus ministry, and young adults. 

Sponsored by the Benedictine Oblates this event is FREE and OPEN to the public.

For more information please visit our website:


For more about becoming an Oblate and the Oblate Lecture Series please email the Director of Oblates, Sister Benita Coffey, OSB, or give her a call at 773-764-2413 ext. 327.


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A Book Discussion Group on Barbara Brown Taylor's An Altar in the World - (Zoom)


Barbara Brown Taylor says that Christian theology teaches us to know about God more than knowing God. She is convinced that we encounter God in everyday life every day if we are paying attention, and that, “there is no spiritual treasure to be found apart from from the bodily experiences of human life on earth.”In a lively, down-to-earth style she presents twelve spiritual practices to help us to notice how the Divine is encountering us every day, practices like Waking up to God, Wearing Skin, Walking on the Earth, Saying No, Pronouncing Blessings.


The group will be offered twice on the third Wednesday of each month throughout 2022 at 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Central time and 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. Central Time discuss each chapter and to share our experiences of the month’s practice. There will be no pressure to share.

Please register to attend by Zoom by emailing

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Lectio Divina Opportunities


Sister Patricia Crowley, OSB, is offering a monthly practice session of Lectio Divina on the third Thursday of the month. All are welcome! These sessions are for those who are more experienced in this spiritual practice.


Additionally, Sister Patricia will once again offer Lectio Divina for beginners on the first Thursday of the month beginning in February 2022. To learn more or to register, please contact Sister Patricia directly.

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


Attend Your Reunion


SSA Chicago graduates meet every five years for their reunions. In 2022 we will celebrate the classes ending in '2 and '7 over the weekend on September 17-18. 

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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