On Sunday, February 8th convents across the country are opening their doors to visitors as part of the “Day with Religious” initiative for the Year of Consecrated Life.  Neighbors and parishioners are invited to visit the convents open in their diocese as a way to learn more about religious life and to share time with local religious men and women.  This initiative is a local response to Pope Francis’ call for the Year of Consecrated Life, closely tied to the World Days of Consecrated Life just celebrated yesterday on February 2, the Presentation in the Temple (see 2015 homily).

SSVM Convents Open House in the Archdiocese of Washington

Many different communities are opening their convent doors throughout the Archdiocese of Washington (see full listing). Two of our convents will also be participating in the Open House on Sunday, February 8th:

  • Juniorate Immaculate Heart of Mary (1:00pm-4:00pm)
    1326 Quincy Street NE
    Washington, DC 20017
    Located in Brookland near the National Shrine and next door to the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, our convent will be open for visitors from 1:00pm-4:00pm.  Please come by for a tour and a cup of hot chocolate!
  • Novitiate St. Kateri Tekakwitha (1:00pm-4:00pm)
    1714 Crain Highway
    Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
    If you are heading south on 301, make a u-turn at the Leeland Road stop-light to head north again, our driveway is the first right marked “Montpelier Farms”.  This old house on an historic farm currently houses the newest members of our community.  We welcome your visit between 1:00pm-4:00pm.


Finding other Open Houses Near You CMSWR Interactive Map

The Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) has prepared an interactive map which highlights participating member communities.  Check for convents close to where you live.  Additional open houses may be listed only on the diocesan websites under “Office of Vocations”.


This is a great event for families, youth groups, and involved Catholics–even for just curious folks!  According to the intentions of Pope Francis, may the Year of Consecrate Life be a fruitful time of gratitude, of renewal and of hope for all consecrated people and the lay faithful alike.

Full coverage of Pope Francis celebrating the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple on February 2, 2015 at the Vatican. (our European novices and some the blue professed sisters can be seen from an aerial shot at 1:32:04!)