Catholic Senior Living

A Catholic senior community that's welcome to people of all faiths.

One of America's premier senior living communities, Villa St. Benedict is nestled on breathtaking grounds in Lisle, Illinois – conveniently located just west of Chicago. Co-sponsored by The Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Benedictine organization, we are a not-for-profit, faith-based community that is welcoming to all.

Residents enjoy a wealth of amenities and services, all designed to help free yourself from the tedious tasks of everyday life, creating more time and energy to cultivate new interests, travel and enjoying family and friends.

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Villa St. Benedict

Mission & Vision

Villa St. Benedict is a Catholic senior living community, co-sponsored by Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart and Benedictine organization. We provide our residents with a dynamic continuum of care encompassing the social, spiritual, physical and mental aspects of the individual, steeped in the Benedictine core values of Hospitality, Stewardship, Respect and Justice.

Our vision is to be a committed leader recognized as providing quality senior-living.

Villa St. Benedict

Core Values

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  • Creating a climate that promotes a sense of community while valuing the uniqueness of the individual.
  • Listening and responding sensitively to all.
  • Extending warmth and acceptance to each other and to all we serve.
  • Creating a welcoming atmosphere personally and institutionally.
  • Welcoming new ideas and being open to change.
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  • Utilizing human resources responsibly.
  • Providing wise and respectful use of all material and monetary resources.
  • Promoting conservation of resources and energy.
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  • Cherishing and promoting the worth of all human life.
  • Treating persons with dignity and reverence without regard to age, gender, race, minority or economic status.
  • Honoring and supporting the spirituality of each person.
  • Valuing the dignity of all work.
  • Promoting participation of all persons in the decisions affecting their lives.
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  • Advocating policies for the poor & powerless.
  • Maintaining respectful working relationships.
  • Eliminating prejudice in ourselves and in institutional policies.
  • Promoting open and fair decision-making based on valid information.
  • Striving to develop a global vision personally and institutionally.
  • Working towards a more just world.

A storied history and rich tradition of serving local communities

Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart

The Benedictine Order was founded by St. Benedict in 6th century Italy. Over the past 15 centuries, the Order has spread to all parts of the world. St. Scholastica, the twin sister of St. Benedictine, led a monastery of women.

In 1852, St. Walburg's Abbey in Bavaria sent three Benedictine women to the United States to minister among immigrant families in St. Marys, Pennsylvania. It is here that several thousand Benedictine Sisters in more than 50 North American monasteries have descended.

One of these monasteries, Sacred Heart, was founded by Mother Mary Nepomucene Jaeger in 1895, on Chicago's west side. When the city grew much larger, Mother Nepomucene moved the community to the more peaceful surrounds of Lisle, Illinois, a quiet atmosphere more conducive to reflection and prayer. Since 1912, and under the leadership of seven Prioresses, the community has resided on the 47-acres grounds.

At the heart of the Sacred Monastery is a glorious chapel adorned with stained glass windows, an original Baldachino altar finished in ivory, and a life-sized statue of the Sacred Heart, Patron of the Benedictine Sisters. At the heart of the sisters' mission is Hospitality: "Directed by the Gospel and Rule of St. Benedict, this mission is based on a commitment to use the time, talent and resources of the community for those in need."

Currently, the Sisters continue to serve the needs of the church in the Lisle area in numerous ways. Their corporate mission of serving the elderly came to life in 1987 with the opening of the Queen of Peace Retirement Center, which was later renamed Villa St. Benedict. When Benedictine organization became a co-sponsor in 2004, the continuing care community was expanded to include 238 independent living homes, assisted living, activity and wellness centers, as well as memory and respite care.

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Creating Benedictine Living Communities where health, wellness and choice come to life

For 35 years, Benedictine, a nationally recognized, non-profit senior care organization based in Duluth, Minn., has provided a full spectrum of health and housing services to aging adults. Benedictine owns and manages skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living communities across the upper Midwest and offers services in such areas as therapy, rehabilitation, memory care, home health care, adult day and transitional care. Benedictine is sponsored by the Benedictine Sisters of St. Scholastica Monastery, Duluth.