Registration is now open for three different 2018 retreats over the next few months.  Please consider participating or passing on the information to someone else!

JANUARY 2 – 5th
Early January Spiritual Exercises for lay women in Maryland on a “Back to School” schedule or just eager to pray and make some New Year’s resolutions: registration info.

Spiritual Exercises 2018

9-11 de FEBRERO /  FEBRUARY 9-11th
There will also be Spiritual Exercises offered for women in Spanish in Pennsylvania in early February.  Please contact M. Stella Maris directly for information and registration at the e-mail below (also you can share this invitation!); Los ejercicios espirituales en español para mujeres serian ofrecidos en Pennsylvania el 9 hasta el 11 de febrero. Para más información y para inscribirse contacta directamente a la Madre Stella:

FEBRUARY 16 – 19th
Presidents’ Day Weekend Spiritual Exercises for lay women in English in Washington, DC (exact location pending, but date confirmed!).  Go on retreat for the first time, or return as a way of deepening your life of prayer and living well Lent 2018.  For more information: registration info.


MARCH 23 – 25th
“Come and See” 2018 offers young women (ages 18-35) an opportunity to visit with the sisters, to learn about our charism and missions, and to take time to pray in an atmosphere open to discovering one’s vocation.  Read more about discernment and religious life in the United States.  For more information: registration is open.



Missionaries of our Religious Family are always up to something.  Just when in one corner of the world we might all feel that we are just plodding along, elsewhere there are First Communions and Eucharistic processions in Tanzania, Youth Groups in Lithuania, Summer Camp for disabled children in Argentina, and bumper crops of vocations in Brazil!  Unite in joy, hope and prayer with Catholic activities going on around the world by subscribing to “Photos of the Week” which lists the events and Facebook links to what other people have been doing over the past seven days.


Check at “Photos of the Week” on  There are also chronicles in English of the stories of our missionaries around the world.

Each week we also update the box on the front of our homepage with “International Photos of Week – [Dec 15]” should you prefer to check in there from time to time.


“GO OUT TO ALL THE WORLD” / “ID POR TODO EL MUNDO” has English subtitles
The wonderful “TV-style” news reports from Rome, “Id Por Todo el Mundo” on the YouTube channel Voz Catholica, now includes “CC” (closed caption) English subtitles beginning in the last few episodes.  Just click on the bottom CC button for the English translation to accompany the anchorman, Fr. Juan Pablo Palacio, IVE as he describes the footage of news from the past month.

We also have a Province-wide Facebook page which includes frequent updates from our missions here in the US, Canada, Guyana, Suriname and Mexico, as well as news from around the world.

ServidoraUSA Facebook


For anyone who shops through Amazon at this time of year (or throughout the year) is invited to support us by choosing “Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará” through “Amazon Smile” by registering at  Amazon donates a portion of each purchase to Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará.  Thank you!

We also invite you to consider making a specific gift to support our missions and our new vocations this season.  PayPal offers one-time donation options as well as monthly settings to continue to support us throughout the year.  Our drop-down menu includes thematic ways to find the convent or local mission you would like to support:

Many thanks to all who pray for us, volunteer in our missions, work on our convent construction repairs and garden projects, and help us keep the lights on through donations.  As Our Lord promises: “no one who gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple of Mine will surely not loose his reward (Matthew 10:42).”


Blessings for these last days of Advent, and consider a RETREAT for your soul in the New Year, seeing a MISSIONARY PHOTO to cheer you on in prayer and share with others, or making a DONATION now or later so we can keep giving God the glory!  Saint Joseph, pray for us!