Shalom Guests:

Effective June 1, 2021, Shalom is adopting the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance on wearing masks for people who are fully vaccinated from the COVID-19. This means that fully vaccinated guests may discontinue wearing a mask while in our facility. Of course, fully vaccinated guests may continue to wear a face covering if they choose. 

We appreciate for some, vaccination at this time is not possible. All are encouraged to respect guests wearing masks by providing what social distance is possible.

As employees of the Sisters of St. Francis, the staff at Shalom will continue to follow Mount St. Francis protocols and will wear masks. Thank you.

If you have any questions call our office at 563-582-3592 or email

peaceful place  |  sacred space
Shalom Spirituality Center provides a variety of retreats and programs for persons of all ages, cultures, faith backgrounds, and religious affiliations wherever they currently are on their spiritual journey.
Shalom invites you to explore all offerings which include: group retreats, a variety of programs in person and online, mind-body-spirit classes, opportunities for creative expression, meeting room space for organizations, private retreats, and spiritual direction. All are welcome!
Ministries like Shalom’s are needed now more than ever.

Since adapting to our new world, we’ve seen that our mission can be both at our sacred space and peaceful place as well as online – expanding our mission to almost anywhere in the world.

To continue our ministries – both in person and online – we need your support. Our goal for this year’s spring appeal is $22,000 to maintain Shalom’s day to day operations.
Giving is easy:  
Once again, we have a unique opportunity to have your gift go even further. Shalom participates in the annual John Deere Classic Birdies for Charity event. All charities that participate in this event are given at least a 5% match on contributions. To donate to Shalom and help us take advantage of this match, go online to and choose Shalom Spirituality Center (#1046) as your charity. Contributing in this manner guarantees the 5% enhancement of your gift to Shalom. This opportunity only comes along annually, and we know you’d be as excited as we are to magnify the support for Shalom by 5%. 





“Whenever I come to Shalom, I say it “feels like I’m coming home.” I was first welcomed to Shalom at a painful time in my life 25 years ago. I attended a weekend and immediately felt at peace. Shalom was a safe haven — a quiet, loving, spiritual place for me to rest, reflect, renew. Thank you! I am continually nourished at Shalom with educational programs, spiritual events, T’ai Chi lessons, book discussions, etc. The staff are helpful and welcoming, the food is delicious!”

— Bev Rech

“Shalom Spirituality Center is, for me, a nurturing place for my spirit. It is, above all, a place to escape the clutter in my life. It, too, generously provides a comfortable room wherein I take a monthly spiritual journey with a group of friends. It’s also a place to retreat and be guided by a wisdom figure. But, most of all, it’s an OASIS in which the sign, ALL ARE WELCOME IN THIS PLACE, might be hung above every door!”

–  Janaan Manternach

“Shalom has educated and inspired and formatted me in many ways! I have had some of my most inspiring life-changing moments in Shalom’s walls! My horizons have been broadened and I am more whole because of relationships built at Shalom! My distinctive experience has been that of living in the very building of Shalom and sharing life for the last 25+ years with Sr. Marie Therese, the foundress and first director! We pray together virtually daily for this God-space — that it may continue to be welcoming and a direct conduit to the God of all creation!”

—  Sr. Carol Hemaseth

“You walk in, you feel the calm. You put your cell phone to sleep and your notebook away. In a matter of minutes you recognize you have arrived at a holy place, a place to replenish and reflect. I have attended many events at Shalom and each time it is evident how knowledgeable the presenters are and their genuine interest in the audience. The networking and exchange of ideas is more than by chance. Your arrival at Shalom is not a coincidence. You will never leave without feeling you have just done something very special for yourself.”

–  Kathy McDonnell

“In my life, retreats, videos about evolution, discussions, books through Shalom, days of prayer ever since Shalom’s beginning — all have been and continue to be a wonderful help to grow in my understanding of God’s awesome goodness and greatness. Shalom has helped move my faith from a child’s understanding to an adult faith. How differently I see God now, and have a happy heart living in God and God’s living in me — so One, so suffused in Love. Without what Shalom offers, I would not have had the opportunities to learn and grow in concepts that bring me great joy and freedom. My relationship to God and neighbor continues to move out of crippling dualism. Now I try to live in the present, this moment, this ever new experience of God.”

—  Sr. Ruth Elsbernd

“My first experience at Shalom Center was an overnight yoga retreat. I went for the yoga, but found the solitude, silence, and simplicity of the building to be exactly what I needed. It was the first time I found peace after losing my eight-year-old son, Jacob, to cancer. Later that year, I attended a grief retreat held at Shalom, and again experienced the peace I’d felt with my first visit. Simple things, like the request to pray for the next visitor while making up the bed with fresh linens, the homemade comfort meals, the scent of freshly polished wood, the rainbows of light that the stained glass windows cast upon the floors, and the silence of the empty chapel. I find that time at Shalom restores a piece (peace) of my wounded soul.”

— Elizabeth Flesher