Sr. Sandra Brunenn elected prioress of St. Mary Monastery

By Jennifer Willems, The Catholic Post

ROCK ISLAND — As Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB, considers her future as the new prioress of St. Mary Monastery, she acknowledges that there’s “a huge mixed bag” of emotions to sort through.

In that bag are awe, gratitude, immense respect for the giftedness of the members of her Benedictine community and a sense of coming loss as she prepares to leave her ministry as pastoral associate at St. Maria Goretti Parish in Coal Valley, where she has served since 1997. Continue Reading

Softening Our Hearts Benedictine-Style

By Prioress Sister Phyllis McMurray, OSB

In the Prologue of the Rule, St. Benedict urges us to continue to practice answering the calls we receive.  He quotes from Scripture, “It is high time for us to arise from sleep,” “to open our eyes to the light that comes from God,” and “our ears to the voice from the heavens that every day calls out this charge: ‘If today you hear God’s voice, do not harden your hearts.’” Continue Reading

Easter: The Energy of the Holy

By Prioress Sister Phyllis McMurray, OSB

Which story of the resurrection speaks to you most compellingly?

I have to say I have many favorite stories of the resurrection, a few of which are: Mary of Magdala meeting Jesus in the Garden, Peter and Paul racing to the tomb to verify the report of the women that Jesus had been raised from the dead, and the story of the two disciples meeting up with Jesus on their way to Emmaus. Continue Reading