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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Celtic Spirituality-Oblate Lecture 


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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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.

February 17, 2022

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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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 2021 we will celebrate the classes ending in '5 and '0 AND '6 and '1 over the weekend on September 18-19. 

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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