Attend the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis July 17-21

"This summer, join tens of thousands of passionate Catholics will travel from every corner of the U.S. to experience the healing power of Jesus Christ, present in the holy Eucharist at the National Eucharistic Congress in Indianapolis. Soak in the Presence of Jesus alongside people of all walks of life - a vivid image of the universal Church. You will participate in beautiful liturgies, lifting your voice in prayer alongside world-class musicians, hear from the most influential Catholics of our day, and make history as part of the first National Eucharistic Congress in nearly 100 years. This is the beginning of a new chapter of faith in America. Will you be there? Get tickets at"
- From the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois

All are Welcome to Join

On Wednesday July 10th, the pilgrims coming from Quincy joined the nuns at the monastery in Girard for mid-day prayer at 11:30am. The procession around the monastery grounds began at 1:00pm.

Brief History

The Monastery of Mary the Queen was originally founded in Elmira, New York in 1944. Since 2014, through the generosity of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, we lived at their property at 1237 West Monroe Street until the fall of 2022. We are now actively living at the new Monastery. This translocation was a leap of faith towards actively fulfilling our dream of creating a new synergy with our Dominican family, the diocese of Springfield and the entire church.

To facilitate our Dominican contemplative life within the diocese of Springfield, Illinois we purchased 38 acres of greenfield land in Girard, Illinois. The 21,000 square foot Monastery is located on the west side of flat pasture land for ease of construction and to preserve the more beautiful characteristics of the property. The monastery continues to support the contemplative life and its connection to the natural environment.

Building our Monastery Journey

The progress on our Monastery building can be followed on our blog page.

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Priest House Progress

In addition to our Monastery, we also built a priest house for our chaplain on our property. View Photos >

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Meet the Nuns

Nuns at the first profession of Sister Catherine Marie with fr Don Goergen, OP and Father Dominic Rankin