Over the last forty years, the university has developed an expansive permanent art collection. The Fr. Michael Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery on the 5th floor of Kindlon Hall of Learning exhibits some of the permanent collection, donations and acquisitions as well as artwork by students, faculty, local, national and international artists.
From the time that you step onto the campus at Benedictine University, look around. The Art Collection is not just in the Art Gallery, the fruit of Fr. Michael’s collecting and his love of art are everywhere. You see it in the hallways, in the stairways, and in every office. Everywhere you look, there is art and through the art you will see the spirit of Fr. Michael.
The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum is a small natural history museum located on the 2nd floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science. The museum represents the work of Fr. Hilary Jurica, O.S.B. and his brother, Fr. Edmund Jurica, O.S.B. who collected specimens for their students to use during their almost 100 combined years of teaching at Benedictine University. In the early 1970's, the Museum was placed in the hands of Fr. Theodore Suchy, O.S.B. who grew the collection to over 10,000 specimens, ranging from a tiny aphid to a whale skeleton. The Museum is open to the public to enjoy and learn from the life's work of these three dedicated Monks.
Founded in 1895, the Benedictine Sisters of the Sacred Heart has a long tradition of serving its local community through education and nursing, as well as working in parishes, helping the homeless and caring for seniors.
The sisters have been in Lisle since 1912, now housed in the Sacred Heart Monastery that's part of the core of the Villa St. Benedict retirement community at Maple and Yackley avenues.
For men and women, married or single, who wish to enhance their prayer life, the Benedictine sisters in Lisle also offer the Oblates of St. Benedict group. The program is a way to volunteer and put into practice Benedictine values with extra prayer. It is another way to make religious life viable and strengthen a person's spiritual journey.
"Transformation has been important throughout our lives as we try to be useful to the church and to the people of God." ~ Sister Mary Bratrsovsky, current Prioress of the community.