Benedictinism was founded in Rome over 15 centuries ago by St. Benedict and his twin sister St. Scholastica. The first Benedictine Sisters came to America from St. Walburga Abbey in Eichstatt, Bavaria in 1852 to St. Mary's in Carrolltown, Pennsylvania. Today there are approximately 60 independent monasteries of women in the USA, Bahamas,Canada and Mexico.
Left: A portrait of Mother Mary Nepomucene Jaeger foundress of Sacred Heart Monastery.
She first established our community in Chicago in 1895 and then was able to erect a new monastery in the scenic surroundings of Lisle in 1912.
Right: A sculpture of St. Benedict and Saint Scholastica by Helen E. Norman.
It depicts the last visit of the two founders before the death of Saint Scholastica. The sculptress gave the two saints the facial features of the foundress of Sacred Heart and her blood brother Abbot Nepomucene, founder of St. Procopius Abbey.
Down Memory Lane: A picture of our former Archives Room