Celebrate Your Own Saints!


Sister Stefanie places a vigil light in front of the Memorial Wall.

By Sister Mary Core, OSB

When I was growing up I loved All Saints Day, probably mostly because we didn’t have school.

It also gave me a chance to review – and enjoy – my Halloween trick-or-treat stash.

I still love All Saints Day and All Hallows Eve, but for different reasons! Continue Reading

Celebrating Loved Ones on All Saints Day


The Benedictine Sisters of St. Mary Monastery, Rock Island, celebrate All Saints Day by remembering the Sisters who have gone before us, as well as all of our other loved ones.

By Sister Charlotte Sonneville, OSB

“Happy Feast Day!” I called out to my grumpy brother.

It was All Saints Day, and he was feeling a bit grouchy. I, on the other hand, was feeling joyful. All Saints Day is a lovely feast day! Continue Reading

Everyday Saints


By Sister Marianne Burkhard, OSB

As we celebrated All Saints (both the officially known and all the unknown ones) Day on Sunday, I find myself thinking of those everyday saints – with a small “s” – we have known along our way.

These are people who have shared their faith with us, touched us in a special way by being ‘the presence of God’ in a particular moment when that presence of God was needed for support or as stimulus for further spiritual growth. Continue Reading