Off Track in Prayer? Join the Crowd!

candle and bibleBy Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

“Prayer … is a practice of attention, of attentiveness, an attitude of receptiveness to God’s sustaining presences.” Martin Poulsom, SDB

Reading a paper by Poulsom yesterday made me ask myself how I am coming to prayer. Am I paying attention? Am I coming to pray with an open heart, mind and soul?

I admit sometimes I’m off track. My own worries and distractions can undermine my attentiveness and receptiveness. Continue Reading

Labor Day Vocation Retreat for 22- to 50-Year-Old Single Catholic Women

Register now for this informative and inspiring Labor Day Weekend Retreat

Have you ever wondered what makes an apostolic community different from a monastic community?

Come learn about the range of different Catholic Sisters’ communities located along the Mississippi River in Iowa and Illinois. Continue Reading

St. Mary Monastery … A Life to Come Home To

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Welcome to my home … and to Sister Jackie’s and Sister Mary Jane’s and Sister Claudia’s and Sister Sheila’s home, too!

It belongs to all of the Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery. We have chosen to make our life here, with our shared prayer and purpose.

We have chosen to seek God together.

We welcome you to learn more … to discern whether your call might bring you here, to seek God with us. Contact us anytime!

Once we heed the call …

By Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

Are you discerning? Although I’ve found my home, this quote from Michael Casey, OSB, still resonates for me:

“The Lord’s call to follow him has an effect on us similar to that which it had on the first disciples. Once we heed the call, we willingly leave behind whatever we are doing and walk with him, wherever he goes. We are not dragging our feet, but walking and running, full of happiness to be called.”

Let’s talk when you have time!


Sister Stefanie