Contemplative lifestyle of Sisters of the Good Shepherd
The Contemplative lifestyle of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd is one of prayer. Our prayers are for the Catholic Church and for those who are served by our Apostolic Sisters. We consider ourselves the complementary piece to the apostolic Good Shepherd Sisters, who are involved in ministries primarily with women and children around the world. Together, the two branches are members of the Congregation of the Good Shepherd. Our contemplative lifestyle also includes a ministry of distributing altar bread for the Church.
“Our ministry gives us a chance to reflect on how “beautiful it is to be touching the hosts that will become the consecrated Jesus at the Mass,” said Sr. Sharon Rose Authorson, local leader of the contemplative community in St. Louis.
Through our contemplative lifestyle we lead a life of contemplative presence to God and to all people. We spend time together in prayer five times a day, with additional opportunities for individual prayer and reflection. We generally receive prayer requests via fax, phone calls and emails from the public throughout the week. We live in community. Together we create a holy space where the needs of all are brought to the Shepherd’s heart. We listen to God’s Word and to humanity’s cries of suffering. As we listen, we aim to pierce the world with the silence that is able to see God’s care and concern for everyone and everything. Our dream is to help build a world that nurtures compassion and reconciliation.
The Contemplative lifestyle in community
Good Shepherd Contemplative Sisters in the Mid-North America Province are in three locations. We are in St. Louis, Missouri; Cheltenham, Pennsylvania; and Oak Park Heights, Minnesota. If you feel God calling you to discernment as a Contemplative Sister, we invite you to discern a life of Good Shepherd. Visit the Good Shepherd Contemplative Sisters website to learn more our Sisters who are living the contemplative lifestyle..
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