The Life and Charism of the Sisters


We are a contemplative Apostolic Community - He is our first love and we want to make Him the centre. Hence we begin and end our day in prayer. We begin everything with prayer, sitting with Him and Adoring Him - He is our Beloved, so we need to put Him first and it is only in prayer that our Apostolic life can be truly fruitful. It is in Adoration we discover we are loved and this is where we are given the ability to love to others. It is only in spending time with Him and listening to Him that we can truly learn from Him, how to be His disciples. In Adoration we pray for all His children, our mission and all our works. This way we can be truly fruitful and not be lead by power or might, but by His Spirit - which is the Fruit of Contemplation.

Through the guidance of Mary, we seek a life of prayer and mission; evangelising within parishes and formation of young people, through Adoration, prayer, charity and faith formation for the upbuilding of the church.

The Virgin Mary, model of consecration and discipleship

We seek to love God with all our heart, mind and soul and to follow Christ through the example of Mary’s fiat, ‘let it be done unto me according to thy Word,’ giving ourselves completely to the will of the Father through the evangelical vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. We also choose a fourth vow of charity, because Jesus said… ‘by this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another’ (John 13:35). Love is particularly needed in the evangelisation of parishes and mission.

Prayer - Eucharistic Adoration is the Heart of the Church

adorationLuke 10:38-42 “Now as they went on their way, he entered a village; and a woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. But Martha was distracted with much serving; and she went to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things; one thing is needful. Mary has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her.”

Like Mary we sisters are called to sit at the feet of Jesus - and Jesus says Mary is doing the greater part and this will not be taken away from her. We want to respond to Jesus by committing to adore the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration daily; with a minimum of two hours of Eucharistic Adoration a day. Furthermore we seek to foster a love for Eucharistic Adoration within the mission and parishes we serve and to make Eucharistic Adoration available so they can fall in love with Jesus in the Eucharist.

ReachoutApostolate – Parish renewal and Mission

Like Mary, we seek to be hidden, being leaven in the community by serving others. We hope to nurture each person, teaching them the gift of the faith and help them to discover their gifts and talents for the upbuilding of the Church. In this way, we hope to help people discover the gift of who they are in Christ and empower them to be a light for the world.

Love of God is the supreme reason why we live the consecrated life

Like Christ and His disciples we desire to live in community, in order to strengthen one another and help one another grow in holiness. Furthermore our community will work together as one body for the spiritual renewal of parishes and Mission at the service of the church and for the glory of God.

Liturgy and Sacraments

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance leads us into greater union with our Lord Jesus Christ receiving the graces necessary for our sanctification and to give of ourselves for the whole world. In Holy Mass, each sister is invited and led to offer everything of herself to God daily through the reception of the Holy Eucharist. His very sacrifice is what we desire to imitate and live. The frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance enables us to conform our lives more perfectly to the life of Jesus. The sisters try to go to confession each fortnight.

The community also celebrates together the Divine Office, an extension of the prayer of Mass throughout the day, which sanctifies the hours of the day for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. Each day the sisters pray in common the hour of Lauds (Morning Prayer), Vespers (Evening Prayer) and, if the Apostolate permits, Compline (Night Prayer).

Silence and Contemplation

"Silence is the greatest sign of respect for each other's thirst for God's love. Only silence creates an environment, where prayer leads to contemplation. We need to learn to hear God by listening and by being still. Hence, we seek to foster this love by spending time with Him and following Our Lady by pondering Him in our heart. To make this achievable we need special times of silence." 
(Constitutions 5, 3)

Jesus said to Martha, "you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her" (Luke 10:41-42). Jesus teaches us what is most important; that even in the busyness of Martha, we must seek to be present to God like Mary. Therefore, sisters seek a total life of prayer from the heart to God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It is silence that enables us to live this intimacy creating an environment where prayer leads to contemplation intimacy with God.  Contemplation also enables us to hear His voice and strengthens and empowers us to give ourselves in the mission God has called us to.

The Sisters live special times of silence each day in order to listen to God and to nurture their relationship with Christ their Spouse. Certain places in our convent are also designated to silence. Most important is our time spent adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, where we learn to be more like Mary.  This is where we discover we are loved and where we can love Him in return.