Wake Reflection for Sister Jozefa Seskar


Sister Jozefa (far right) joins Sister Denise Vrombaut and young guests in the monastery dining room.

By Sister Sandra Brunenn, OSB

“Who will separate us from the love of Christ?”

“If anyone would serve me, let her follow me.”

These words from our Scripture readings this evening I believe aptly reflect the call that Sr. Jozefa heard and responded to throughout her long life.

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Sister Jozefa Seskar, OSB 1927-2016


Sister Jozefa Seskar O.S.B., 89, of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, passed away Friday November 25, 2016 at the monastery.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m. Tuesday in the Chapel at St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island. Burial is in Calvary Cemetery, Rock Island.

Visitation is 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday at the Monastery, where a Christian wake service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home and Crematory, Milan, is in charge of arrangements. Continue Reading

Advent: Preparing to Meet God Face-to-Face


Sister Jozefa was known for her cookies and her loving, ever-present smile.

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

On the first Sunday of Advent, we are invited to prepare for the return of Christ, Christ our universal judge and savior.

It’s especially poignant for me this year.

Sister Jozefa had been ailing and so I stopped in to see her after dinner. She was sleeping, so I blessed her and spoke a few quiet, loving words. She died later in the evening. Continue Reading

Celebrating, Treasuring, Growing: What Advent Gives You


By Sister Mary Core, OSB

For most of contemporary society, Advent gets lost in the season of shopping. People rush through malls and big box stores, loading gifts into baskets, buying more than they can afford and collapsing in exhaustion when they get home.

Which is why – if you were to come to St. Mary Monastery now – you might be surprised to find no Christmas trees, lights or sparkle. (Of course, those do come later!)

That’s because we’re preparing for Christmas here. We’re focusing on Advent! Continue Reading

Week #8: Waiting … Just Waiting


“After decades of living on the edge, Heather King settled into sobriety, marriage, and a financially lucrative but unfulfilling career as an upwardly mobile lawyer.” Amazon calls her book, Redeemed, “An unforgettable, fervent, darkly funny tale of an ongoing, stumbling conversion.” Join us as we read, discuss, and share our thoughts about it in our Fall, 2016 Wisdom Seekers Book Club!

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

This week’s discussion brings us to the end of our book! Most of the group agree that they have noticed a shift in the way King looks at life since we met her in the beginning pages of her memoir. Continue Reading

Holiday Advice: Don’t Hit Back!


You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you … if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. (Matthew 38-45)

By Sister Mary Jane Wallace, OSB

Many are now making plans to get together with family over the coming holidays. For some, those plans are filled with dread. Old grievances can undermine the most joyous time.

So, I’m going to give you some advice: Don’t hit back! Continue Reading