The Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery invite you and your neighbors to attend an Open House, at the monastery (7430 N. Ridge) this Sunday, August 23rd. Stop by anytime between 1:00 and 4:30 p.m. to meet the sisters, tour the monastery and enjoy some cookies and lemonade.
Sunday is the monastery’s “Founders Day” commemorating the beginning of the Chicago Benedictine community in 1861. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn more about this amazing order and see where they pray and work.
Now into their 154th year, the community’s commitment to serving local needs remains hearty and alive. From schools and parishes to community centers and prisons, the Sisters of St. Benedict have consistently stepped up to fill voids in their local community, while embracing monastic living that inspires reflection, support and service to do God’s will.
The Benedictine Sisters arrived in Chicago in 1861 to teach the Children of German immigrants at St. Joseph’s Convent and School near Chicago and Wabash Avenues. When the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 destroyed the school, they opened St. Benedict and Scholastica Academy the following year.
In 1907, the sisters opened their monastery alongside St. Scholastica Academy (see photo on left). Today, the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago claim 45 members, 41 of whom live at the St. Scholastica Monastery. The remaining four live in Colorado filling parish and social-work roles in communities there.
I hope you stop in Sunday and say hello to these remarkable women.