The Sisters, Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, live a community life united by their total consecration to Mary, where they give all their goods, both interior and exterior, without exception, for the greater glory of God. This total consecration to Mary as formulated by Saint Louis Marie de Montfort in his book True Devotion to Mary, is the driving force behind the spiritual life of the Sisters, whether they are praying, working, studying, or teaching. All is done "in, with and for" the Immaculate Heart of Mary for the salvation of souls. It is not so much about what they do, rather for whom they do it.
In a spirit of a life lived for Jesus through Mary, each day is centered around prayer, and begins with meditation, rosary and the Tridentine Liturgy. Personal prayer, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, community prayer, are sprinkled throughout the day, which ends with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the Little Office of Our Lady.
The actual apostolate of the Sisters, while missionary in nature, encompasses a variety of work, ranging from the intellectual to the manual. Fortifying their outward labor with the driving force of an interior life, the Sisters are skilled in many fields. Their spirit of contemplation goes beyond the chapel walls and accompanies them in everything they do: teaching, typesetting, writing, or creating graphic art for our evangelizing tool, “From the Housetops” magazine constitute only a part of their work. Daily activities such as cooking, gardening, sewing or taking care of the chickens, are spiritualized because, unlike worldly labor, every job is united to prayer, giving glory to God all day long.
Wearing a simple but traditional full black habit, the Sisters witness to the world a life hidden in Christ, rejecting the vanities and allurements of materialism.
Aspiring to be Christ’s Eternal Bride, the Sisters live a life of chastity and self-denial that is diametrically opposed to our impure society where self-gratification and immorality are the norm. Obeying the will of Christ in the rule of the order and voice of superiors they submit their freedom to the yoke of humility and dependence on God.
A continual studying of Scripture and the writings of the Saints enables the Sisters to be dynamic apologists in the distribution of the works of the Order which is done at seminars and in a street ministry where they bring the Faith to the market place. They do this zealously, convincingly, "in pure truth, according to the Gospel and not according to the maxims of the world," contrary to today's widespread errors which minimize, and even can be said to nullify the teachings of Christ and His Church on the message of salvation.
The Sisters presently:
• Administrate and teach at IHM elementary school
• Teach at IHM high school
• Research and write articles for “From the Housetops”
• Typeset and design publications
• Distribute "From the Housetops"
• Operate and direct "Morning Star Camp for Catholic Girls" programs at Montfort Retreat
• Operate "Panis Angelorum" Altar bread baking
• Design and sew at "Te Deum" embroidery workshop
• Maintain the Order's websites
• Work at the gift shop and distribute religious items at conferences and conventions
• Sacristans for IHM Chapel and Gate of Heaven convent chapel
• Domestic work, cooking, canning, and sewing for all the community needs
• Tend the garden and chickens
The unique calling to live the Total Consecration in Community is for the few and the true – those who have the courage to give up all….even the merits of their good actions. “Total” leaves nothing behind in selfish endeavors. It’s All for Jesus through Mary!
Young ladies who are high school graduates, between the ages of 17 and 30, are eligible as candidates for the Religious Life of the Sisters. Contact us to request your free information packet or call to schedule a discernment weekend!
The harvest is indeed great… but the laborers are few. Come Follow Me!