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WHO WE ARE
    We, the Benedictine Sisters of Good Shepherd Monastery, Starr County, Texas, in the lower Rio Grande Valley, in the Diocese of Brownsville, are a community of women, living the Rule of St. Benedict and the monastic superior, who seek God through common prayer, contemplation, work and participation in the renewal movements in the Church.

OUR MISSION
    We serve God and His People through our monastic life of prayer and work in community. Through this way of life we are to grow in holiness, in imitation of Jesus and Our Lady of Guadalupe, so that in all things God may be glorified. We are to be a sign of Godís presence and love in the world.

    Remaining true to the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, our community adapts our ministry to the changing society and culture in which we live. The types of ministries evolve according to the talents of our members and needs of Godís People.Remaining true to the Benedictine tradition of prayer and work, our community adapts our ministry to the changing society and culture in which we live. The types of ministries evolve according to the talents of our members and needs of Godís People.

We are daily strengthened and renewed by the Lord through the following ways of prayer:
    *The Liturgy of the Eucharist
    *Daily communal hour of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with Lectio Divina
    *The Liturgy of the Hours
    *Sacred Reading
    *Contemplative Prayer
    *Personal Devotions
Through our prayer life, we seek to give God the worship worthy of Him and to intercede for our sisters and brothers. We pray for the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the lives of Godís People and in our monastic life.

OUR VISION
As we enter the 21st century, we the Benedictine Sisters of Good Shepherd Monastery, will:
    *welcome new members to live harmoniously in community, intent upon God in oneness of mind and heart;
    *plant deep roots by the building of our monastery, renewal center, hermitages and chapel;

will continue to:
    *share our spirituality, time, talents and resources with others and invite them to share theirs with
      us through our oblate program, pro-life and other various out-reach activities;
    *be a center of prayer, healing and community for Godís People and be especially mindful of those
      whose lives are broken, seemingly hopeless and empty;
    *work and pray for the transformation of ďthe culture of deathĒ into ďa civilization of love;Ē
    *carry forward the Benedictine pursuit of holiness in the ordinary rhythms and encounters of daily living;
    *put into practice the Benedictine tradition of love of learning and desire for God;
    *care for our land as good stewards

As we enter the 21st century, we the Benedictine Sisters of Good Shepherd Monastery, will:
    *welcome new members to live harmoniously in community, intent upon God in oneness of mind and heart;
    *plant deep roots by the building of our monastery, renewal center, hermitages and chapel;

will continue to:
    *share our spirituality, time, talents and resources with others and invite them to share theirs with
      us through our oblate program, pro-life and other various out-reach activities;
    *be a center of prayer, healing and community for Godís People and be especially mindful of those whose
      lives are broken, seemingly hopeless and empty;
    *work and pray for the transformation of ďthe culture of deathĒ into ďa civilization of love;Ē
    *carry forward the Benedictine pursuit of holiness in the ordinary rhythms and encounters of daily living;
    *put into practice the Benedictine tradition of love of learning and desire for God;
    *care for our land as good stewards

OUR LIFESTYLE
    Women come to our Benedictine community in order to seek God in shared living, in personal and communal prayer and in ministry. Living our monastic life is our ultimate ministry for the church. By the profession of stability, obedience and fidelity to the monastic way of life, the Benedictine sister intensifies her baptismal covenant.

Lay people are also welcome to our way of life through the oblate family and time away to retreat into our lifestyle.

WE THE SISTERS OF ST. BENEDICT
WELCOME YOU!