As a contemplative community our primary mission is to be women of prayer.
Rather than live this out in a monastery we seek, by preference, to live among those groups that are
inaccessible to other forms of Church ministry, those who are minorities, or whose day to day life
is marked by division, racism, poverty or violence. This way of Presence to others is central to our life.
What we do is a very small thing but one which we feel can be an important sign of hope and healing
in a broken world. It's not a passive approach: “presence” is what we learn from Jesus through the
Incarnation. It is a dynamic way of simply placing oneself within situations in such a way that one’s
very life becomes rooted and depends upon what happens there.
Jesus spent 30 years in Nazareth, living and working among people in such an ordinary way that it is
barely spoken of in the Gospels. These were years of truly taking on our human condition so that he
might live the rest of his life, and his death, as a “man from Nazareth.”
Rather than having Church-related jobs we choose to work in the “market place” alongside others.
We support ourselves by ordinary, mostly unskilled work through which we share the concrete reality
of the lives of many.
Our life of prayer is shaped by the context in which we live. This, too, is in the image of Jesus of
Nazareth. All of our homes, whether apartments, trailers or tents have a chapel. There we have
regular times of prayer together as a community as well as silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
These times of prayer are a means of trying to make our whole lives become prayer, centered
within the mystery of the Eucharist.