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Our Origins

The Church's first great encyclical on social justice, Rerum Novarum, was the seedbed of our community.

Our founding members in 1908 adopted the social mission of the Church as the motivating thrust of their lives.

After professional training, they dedicated themselves to responding to the needs of those who were socially, economically and politically powerless.

They believed that they should not only work to heal the wounds of society, but should spend their lives trying to change the conditions that caused the wounds.


Following Benedictine spirituality, we draw strength from its Gospel rootedness and the principle that God is everywhere. Therefore every aspect of our ordinary day is potentially holy.

We cherish the familial warmth of community, welcoming the stranger, and find joy in work and renewal in prayer.

Our life is one of simplicity, prayerfulness and unity in the Holy Spirit.

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