Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters of Mount Grace Convent
God, through His Spirit, Who is Love, has called us and gathered us together into a religious community whose members are entirely dedicated to the contemplative life and the service of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and thus to serve the Church’s missionary activity.
As in the life of our founder, St. Arnold Janssen, and in accord with his wish, the Holy Spirit and His saving work are to receive a prominent place in the sisters' life of faith and piety. Our founder gave us a rose-colored habit as a reminder of the ardent love of the Holy Spirit.
The Eucharist, in which Christ bestows on us His own life by the communication of His Spirit, is the heart of the sisters' personal and communal life. By the service of witness and example that we render in their contemplative life and total dedication of prayer and sacrifice, we participate in the Church’s missionary work.
Professed Members: 18
Year Founded: 1896
Federation: United States
Archiocese: St. Louis, MO
Worldwide: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Germany, India, Indonesia, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, Slovakia, Togo
Qualifications: High school education; good mental and physical health; capability for development; a spirit of faith which is intent on following Christ in the evangelical counsels of chastity, poverty, and obedience; inclination for the cloistered contemplative life and readiness to serve the Church's missionary endeavor therein; aptitude for community living.
Formation: Postulancy (1 to 2 years): introduction to our way of life and apostolate. Novitiate (2 years): time of further discernment and thorough preparation for total dedication to God in our way of life. Temporary Vows: these years serve to further test and develop one’s ability to live according to the evangelical counsels, to carry out the obligations of our contemplative-missionary apostolate, and to find personal fulfillment in our calling. Temporary vows are made for one year at a time for five or six years. After this period, a Sister may request to make her perpetual profession. Ongoing Formation: The process of formation does not terminate with perpetual profession. Throughout our lives we endeavor to perfect our spiritual, doctrinal, and practical development.
Age range/limit: 18-35
Belated vocations? Yes: If all the other entrance requirements are present, belated vocations are considered on a case-by-case basis, up to 40 years of age.