August 9th marked the feast of St Edith Stein (1891-1942), known in Carmel as Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

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Our contemplatives in New York are gathered under her patronage, and form the community of the Monastery of St Edith Stein in residence alongside the Sister Adorers of the Precious Blood at the historic Precious Blood Monastery in Borough Park, Brooklyn where the two communities have been living and praying alongside each other since 2012.

St-Edith-Stein-Monastery-SSVMThis year the celebration of their patroness was marked by the Holy Mass presided over by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn.  A number of IVE priests and other religious concelebrated.

SSVM-monastery-St-Edith-Stein-Aug-9-2016The main acolytes were from St Gabriel’s (Mary Mother of the Church) in East New York, accompanied by two younger altar boys from among the many friends and family members of the sister who gathered for the celebration.  Apostolic sisters and the postulants of the province were also present to pray alongside our cloistered members.

north-entrance-to-churchFollowing the Mass,  a reception was held in the front garden of the monastery which serves the retreat center.  Tables were set up outside and various dishes were served from a side tent.  retreat-house-garden

Guests were also able to go up to the main parlor of the contemplatives to greet them at the grill.

monastery-parlor-from-cloister-sideVarious guests expressed their gratitude and interest in the life of prayer of the sisters which passes so unnoticed in the busy Brooklyn days.  Indeed, many people said that for years they had passed by the monastery without really knowing what it was.

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The Year of Mercy: Monastic Outreach

In an effort to invite others to pray and to make prayer requests for the sisters, our contemplatives have established a few special initiatives for the Year of Mercy.

ssvm.St.Edith.Stein.Monastery.cloister.stallsFirst, they have extended the hours when the main church is open to the public beyond the daily 7:15 am masses every day of the week.

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Precious Blood Monastery Church compressed

chapel-open-Mon-ThursAdditionally, they have made new signs for the hours when the porter’s office is open on the south side of the building.  Visitors may leave prayer requests, purchase religious articles or books, or speak briefly with one of the sisters.  Prayers requests can also be made to on-line through the Diocese of Brooklyn “Pray for Me” prayer chain.

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Finally, the Monastery’s Retreat House continues to be available for Catholic retreat groups.  The opportunity to “come away” for a time of prayer and to share in some of the chanted hours of the sisters can be a blessing.

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A guest room in the Retreat House

Learn more about the monastic community in the middle of Brooklyn through articles and videos.  To visit, contact the sisters or take the D Train to 50th Street and walk west towards Fort Hamilton Parkway, then south to 53rd.

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Perpetual Profession at the Precious Blood Monastery in 1950’s and in 2015.

Monastery of St. Edith Stein
Attn: Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
Monastery of the Precious Blood
5400 Fort Hamilton Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11219

tel. (718) 233-2877
email: mon.edithstein@servidoras.org  (The sisters accept prayer requests by e-mail as well as by written letter.)