About us

Look to the star, call upon Mary. May her name be ever on your lips, ever in your heart.

Saint Bernard of Clairvaux

MARy, morning star

The morning star is the first star to appear in the sky and announce the sunrise. It is the brightest of stars and gives courage to those who have been keeping vigil throughout the night and manifests the victory of light over darkness. The Virgin Mary is truly this star, which always guides us in hope, and that is why we have chosen this name, with its roots in the tradition of the Church. Mary has always been invoked as a star—the litany in her honor speaks of the Star of the Sea and the Morning Star. Our community wants to live from her motherhood and thus be rooted in the heart of the Church, in the shadow of all the saints who are also stars in the sky. 

 

I rise before dawn and cry for help;
I hope in your words.

Psalm 118

Our life is rooted in Monastic tradition and so is marked by prayer of the Divine Office, Eucharistic Adoration, manual labor and biblical, philosophical and theological studies. We also try to ensure that this simple and authentic life assumes all the dimensions of the human person (work, friendship, freedom, responsibility, dialogue, listening, trust) and promotes their development. For this, a holistic formation of the person—on the human, intellectual and spiritual levels—is necessary.

While we preserve true cloisters for our convents, we open our prayer life and our formation to those who want join us and who come to be renewed in the shadow of our monasteries. We are also sometimes called to lead moments of prayer outside of our convents.

Prayer is a foretaste of heaven.

Saint John Marie Vianney

Our vocation is a life of silent prayer in Eucharistic Adoration.  Each day is punctuated by two hours of silent prayer before the Blessed Sacrament. The celebration of the Eucharist is the summit of our day, followed by a prolonged time of silent thanksgiving.

Manual work is also of great importance in our life as it is essential for a well-balanced human person and helps us earn our living. 

Another particular characteristic of our community is our missionary spirit. This is firstly lived in prayer, and also by being a visible and accessible presence in all the places where we have convents. 

The Holy Spirit sends us to live the commandment of love given by Christ, and to bear witness to it on all the continents.