Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church-- Main site

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church -- CMSWR

Contemplative/Active; Founded 2007
Spokane, Washington

They express "deep devotion to Our Lady and an unwavering loyalty to our Holy Father."

"Sentire cum Ecclesia" ("to think with the Church") 

Feast of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

"The works entrusted to us flow from our life of prayer and our charism of communal charity and joyful evangelization.  Through these works, 'Together with Mary' we witness a love for Christ, His Word and His Church and endeavor to foster an atmosphere for an encounter with Christ."

We, the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church, are consecrated to Christ and His Church to bring the hope and encouragement of the Risen Christ to all.  Through joyful evangelization born of our communal charity, we witness to the beauty of the Gospel by our ministry of prayer and presence.  We bring new life to the world through our apostolates of faith formation, including religious education, retreat ministry, and comforting the infirm and dying, as modeled by Mary, Mother of the Church.

They live out St. Louis de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary in the spirit of Blessed John Paul II ("Totus Tuus").

"Whether we are alone in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Liturgy of the Hours in community, or participating in Holy Mass, our prayer is characterized by our Consecration to Jesus through Mary."

Left:  Novices, 2013

They have several apostolates, which along with their life-style may be summed in this manner:   "study carefully, live faithfully and promote actively the magisterial teaching of the Church."

Generally speaking, they are active in:

  • Religious Education

  • Youth Ministry

  • Retreat Ministry

  • Offering prayer and sacrifice especially for priests, clergy, and seminarians, is an important part of their daily life, particularly through daily Eucharistic adoration. "We also encourage this apostolate of prayer among the laity."

    This community is very family minded, and they work, study, recreate and worship together, "living in a spirit of fraternal love and friendship...growing daily in the love of God and one another."

    Right:  Eating out -- outside, that is.

    They live at and provide support and administrative services for the Immaculate Heart Retreat Center.

    Above: Visiting with a priest from Boston.

    A lovely ministry is visiting the sick and infirm - I get letters from people who work or live in places where there is little spiritual comfort.  Think of the many nursing homes and home-bound. These Sisters, when able, "visit our ailing or senior friends who look forward to sharing in a weekly rosary, spiritual conversation and traditional hymns. We encourage them to offer their sufferings to Jesus that He may unite them with His own Passion and Death on the Cross for the salvation of souls." I'm sure there are many impressive things about this community, but this is my favorite - spiritually minded people spending time on a regular basis would transform many of these bleak institutions.

    Okay, another favorite - I can have two. To this they pledge themselves, and to this my soul is also bound - Where Peter is, there is the Church.Take heart, my friends.

    Schedule (with modifications for Sisters in formation):

    5:30 a.m. Rise/Morning Offering
    6:20 a.m. Holy Hour (Meditation, Morning Prayer, Community Prayer for Priests and Renewal of Marian Consecration)
    7:25 a.m. Breakfast Prep.
    7:35 a.m. Rosary walk
    8:00 a.m. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
    8:50 a.m. Breakfast with a table reading or audio conference
    9:30 a.m. Duties/Apostolate
    12:30 p.m. Prayer for Vocations, Mid-Day Exam and Spiritual Reading
    1:15 p.m. Lunch
    1:45 p.m. Recreation/Exercise
    2:30 p.m. Class
    3:30 p.m. Study
    4:30 p.m. Dinner Prep.
    5:15 p.m. Evening Prayer and Angelus
    6:00 p.m. Dinner
    8:00 p.m. Night Prayer
    10:30 p.m. Grand Silence/Lights out

    Spirituality:  Augustinian; Immaculate Heart of Mary; Mary, Mother of the Church; the Holy Eucharist;  Extraordinary Form of the Mass

    Apostolates:  Joyful evangelization; Prayer for priests, clergy  and seminarians; promoting prayer among the laity; visiting the sick and infirm, teaching ("firm yet charitable") and religious education; Music; Youth Ministry

    Devotions:  Eucharistic Adoration, Rosary, Divine Office, Mental Prayer, Spiritual Reading

    Ages upon entrance:  18-35
    Belated vocations:  Not stated, but I would think not

    # of Professed Sisters:  I don't know. 10 and counting? Thereabouts.

    Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church
    6910 S. Ben Burr Road
    Spokane, WA 99223

    Vocation Email: Sisters of Mary

    For information on their "Come and See" weekends, go to their website.  These are open to women 17-35.


    A short documentary:

    Working on some font issues today (11/29/13) Hope it is readable -- will be when I'm finished.
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