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.
The Sisters of Mary Morning Star are called to be a presence of prayer in the heart of the world. Their contemplative vocation calls them to a life of silent prayer centered on the mystery of the Eucharist. Their daily community life includes Eucharistic Adoration, Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours, Bible studies, philosophy and theology classes, study groups, sports and recreation. Their studies according to Church tradition allow them to read the Word of God as a living word and enter more profoundly into theology. The search for Wisdom and truth pervades every domain of their life, which allows them to cooperate more actively with the life of grace.
The Sisters live their vow of poverty through their life of manual work and chores. Their daily needs are met thanks to free-will donations and the proceeds of their craftwork: leathercraft, pottery, candles, woodwork, calligraphy, homemade jams, etc. In their convents, they welcome all those who desire to share the essential aspects of their life: prayer, the Word of God, the search for Wisdom and fraternal charity.
Dear IHM Parishioners,
Thank you so much for all your friendship and support as we enter our third year here. There are currently 8 sisters living in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent. Please feel free to come pray with us and entrust your intentions of prayer by phone, letter, email or in person. We are happy to continue to encounter you and pray with you and your children.
May God bless you all!
The Sisters of Mary Morning Star