Dedication of the Dominican Monastery of Mary the Queen Girard, Illinois Aug 15 2022

Dedication of
The Monastery of Mary the Queen

The great day of August 15th, 2022 on the feast of the Assumption, the Dominican Nuns had the Monastery of Mary the Queen dedicated and blessed. We welcome you to view the photo gallery which highlights the Dedication, Mass and outdoor reception.

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The Master of Dominican Order, Gerard Francisco Parco Timoner III
master of dominican order gerard francisco parco timoner III

The Dedication of the Monastery of Mary the Queen in Girard, IL marks the culmination of your journey which began in the year 2014 from Elmira in the Diocese of Rochester to Girard in the Diocese of Springfield.

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Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
Bishop Paprocki homily and dedication of chapel and altar

It is fitting that we dedicate this Monastery of Mary the Queen on this Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Mike O'Shea Dedication Speech
Bud O'Shea speaking at monastery dedication

When I reflect on past events, I often think of them in terms of a journey.

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Building of the Monastery

A behind-the-scenes look at the design and construction of our Monastery featuring O'Shea Builders and Farnsworth Group.
Video by Rich Saal.

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.

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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