History of the Sisters of Mary Morning Star
Following the permission of the Holy See granted on June 17, 2014 by the Congregation for Institutes for Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Most Reverend Jose Ignacio Manilla Aguirre, Bishop of San Sebastian (Spain), on July 25, 2014, canonically erected the Sisters of Maria Stella Matutina (Sisters of Mary Morning Star) as a public association of the faithful with a view to becoming an Institute of Consecrated Life. On August 8, 2014, Most Reverend John LeVoir, Bishop of New Ulm, canonically established the implantation of a convent of the Sisters of Mary Morning Star in the Diocese of New Ulm, currently at Mary Mother of Our Hope Convent at St. Eloi Catholic Parish in Ghent, Minnesota.The Sisters of Mary Morning Star is a public association of the faithful aspiring to become a religious institute of non-cloistered contemplative sisters who desire to be visible and tangible witnesses of God’s love for all men. Thus, they choose not to have an official cloister or grill. This allows them to welcome people to their convents and chapels for prayer, lectio divina, or a simple listening ear. It also allows them to be present in simple ways at various events of the diocese or local parishes at the request of the bishop or local pastors.
The four main aspects of the charism of the Sisters of Mary Morning Star are prayer, fraternal charity, search for truth, and manual work. There are currently two hundred and fifty (250) sisters of the community throughout the world welcomed into fourteen (14) dioceses by bishops, with priories in Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Africa.
A Letter From the Sisters of Mary Morning Star
August 24, 2015
To all our new friends at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish,
First of all we would like to thank you so much for the warm welcome we have already received during our first few days here! We are overwhelmed by the generosity we have experienced. It has been such a beautiful experience of God’s Providence, working through your charity.
A little about us, the Sisters of Mary Morning Star: We are contemplative Sisters who wish to live our contemplative life in the heart of the world in order to respond to the call of the Holy Spirit for the New Evangelization. We therefore wish to be able to share our life of prayer and our love for the Word of God with others, through leading Holy Hours with meditations and songs, as well as Children’s adoration. We will be involved here at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish and School as well as at St Paul’s with the college students. There will be six of us living at the convent at IHM during this first year of foundation. Day to day, we live a very simple, hidden life of prayer, study and work. Our contemplative life allows us to draw closer to Christ in all our daily activities and to bear witness to the absoluteness of God’s love. Here is a quotation from St. John Paul II on contemplative life:
Institutes completely devoted to contemplation, composed of either women or men, are for the Church a reason for pride and a source of heavenly graces. By their lives and mission, the members of these Institutes imitate Christ in his prayer on the mountain, bear witness to God’s lordship over history and anticipate the glory which is to come.
In solitude and silence, by listening to the word of God, participating in divine worship, personal asceticism, prayer, mortification and the communion of fraternal love, they direct the whole of their lives and all their activities to the contemplation of God. In this way they offer the ecclesial community a singular testimony of the Church’s love for her Lord, and they contribute, with hidden apostolic fruitfulness, to the growth of the People of God. (St. John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, no. 8)
As much as we are able, we try to support ourselves by our craft work, including: leather work (sandals, belts, Bible covers, pencil cases), rosaries, jams, candles, aprons, greetings cards. We also reduce our expenses by doing as much as we can by ourselves, including: sewing our own habits, making our own sandals, making our own altar candles. We also have all our daily chores and tasks such as cleaning, house maintenance, and cooking.
However, we are not able to cover all our expenses by our craft work alone that is why we rely on God’s Providence and the generosity of family, friends and other benefactors to help us meet all our needs. We hope to find some volunteers to help us with our weekly groceries and benefactors for regular monthly pledges. Thank you once again for the generosity we have already experienced. (Please see our “Wish List” below for a list of our needs.)
We would like you to know that we also pray for the many prayer intentions that are confided to us. Please don’t hesitate to stop by and entrust to us a prayer intention, or to call or email us. (We will be creating an email address for our convent shortly).
May God bless you and may Mary, our Mother watch over all of you!
The Sisters of Mary Morning Star
Sisters of Mary Morning Star “Wish List”
Below is a list of some of the needs of the sisters residing at the IHM convent. If you are able to donate any of these items, they may be dropped off at the convent Monday through Friday between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
-Soap and Shampoo
-Printer ink: HP 60 (black and color)
-Fresh fruits and vegetables
-Flour (both white and wheat) and sugar
-Nuts and dried fruits
-Financial gifts to help the sisters pay their monthly utility costs ** (Checks payable to: Sisters of Mary Morning Star)
4905 Schofield Street
Monona, WI 53716