“If the Lord does not build the house, in vain do its builders labor…”

After nearly ten years of prayers and the support of so many benefactors, the Immaculate Heart of Mary Juniorate House of Studies has its own home.

On February 11, 2011 the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the sisters of the Juniorate moved in to the old “Ronald McDonald House” on Quincy Street in Northeast Washington, D.C. Originally built and occupied by a men’s religious community, the house has now returned to its first use: a center of consecrated life. The new building allows our sisters to have space for classes, study, prayer and community life—as well as ensuring enough room for the formation of more missionary vocations in the future.

The Juniorate prepares our newly professed sisters to serve in the missions, both within this country and abroad. Since its foundation in 2001, the Juniorate Immaculate Heart of Mary in the Province of the Immaculate Conception has been home to over a hundred sisters who have passed through the formation program. Following their studies here, sisters have been sent as missionaries to Brooklyn and Harlem, to Toronto and Peterborough, to California and to Guyana, as well as to the Philippines, Taiwan, Peru, Ireland, France, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, and Tanzania. Caring for the precious gift of vocations must always be a priority in any religious community, since the vocation of each new sister is an unrepeatable grace from God.

We were also privileged to have our new home blessed by His Eminence Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington.  He celebrated the votive mass of St. Joseph in thanksgiving for our new home and prayed through the intercession of St. Joseph for our continued perseverance in fraternal charity and fidelity to our vocation as spouses of Christ.  After the prayer of the faithful, the cardinal proceeded to bless the house as the sisters sang a hymn to Our Lady.

As a Province and as a religious community, we give thanks to God and to all of the generous benefactors who have supported us thus far in the purchase of this house for the good of many future missionaries to the world.

To learn about how you or your parish community can also support us in our new needs, either financially or by a donation of volunteer or professional services, please contact us at 202-543-1179, or jun.ihm@servidoras.org. Saint Joseph, pray for us.