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:  (The sisters accept prayer requests by e-mail as well as by written letter.)
serving in the Diocese of Brooklyn

ssvm.St.Edith.Stein.Monastery.cloister.stallsWe are contemplative sisters within the missionary Religious Family of the Incarnate Word.  The contemplative branch of our sisters has nine monasteries around the world.  You may also learn more about our life by reading about daily life in the monastery, and “questions about contemplative life.”
The Monastery of St. Edith Stein was formally opened  on December 17, 1998 in Flatlands, Brooklyn.  
In 2012, the sisters were invited to move to the historic  Monastery of the Precious Blood in Borough Park, Brooklyn (website of the Confraternity of the Precious Blood).  This monastery founded by the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood in 1910 and has been in use since that time. Currently, our sisters live along side a small community of  Sisters Adorers still living in the monastery.

The patroness of the community is St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), a Jewish convert who died as a Carmelite nun in a concentration camp during World War II. Taking into consideration the principal prayer intention of our monastery that all may come to the knowledge of the One True God, St. Edith Stein was chosen the patroness of the community.

Our Patron
St.-Teresa-Benedicta-of-the-CrossSt. Edith Stein (1891-1942)
Edith Stein was born in Breslau, Germany, on October 12, 1891, the youngest of seven children in a prominent Jewish family. Edith abandoned Judaism as early as 1904, becoming a self-proclaimed atheist. Arduously seeking truth, she entered the University of Gottingen. There she earned a doctorate in 1916 and emerged as one of Europe’s brightest philosophers. One of her primary endeavors was to examine phenomenology from the perspective of Thomistic thought, part of her growing interest in the Catholic teachings. Propelled by her reading of the autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila, she was baptized on January 1, 1922. In 1934, she entered the Carmelite Order. But in 1938 she was moved from her monastery in Germany into another Carmelite monastery in the Netherlands to escaped mounting Nazi oppression. She was arrested in 1942 as part of the order by Hitler to liquidate all non-Aryan Catholics and was taken to Auschwitz, on August 9 or 10, 1942. There she died in the gas chambers. Pope John Paul II canonized her on October 11, 1998.  Many of her written works have been translated in critical editions by the Institute of Carmelite Studies (ICS).  These include: Science of the Cross, Woman, and various philosophical writings.

Read news about our contemplative sisters:

About the sisters’ meeting with Pope Francis in September 2015 at JFK:

See a short video about the contemplative life at our monastery and the perpetual vows of one sister in March 2014:

Order Commissioned Embroidery Work to Support Our Contemplatives

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The sisters at St. Edith Stein Monastery dedicate a significant part of their work time in a particular way to making vestments, altar cloths, and altar linens, as well as baptismal gowns, brown scapulars, rosaries, and sodality banners.

Donations made in thanksgiving for commissioned work helps to provide income to support life in the monastery and beautifies the liturgy.

There is a waiting time for commissioned work since the monastic schedule of prayer comes first and the daily work hours take shape around the liturgical life.  Please contact the sisters about the time frame for a commissioned work.

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  • vestments (for a priest’s ordination, anniversary, parish retirement, or parish patronal feast)
  • altar cloths
  • altar linens
  • baptismal gowns
  • brown scapulars
  • rosaries (matching rosaries for a wedding, Christmas gift, etc.)
  • sodality banners

To order please contact our sisters:

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


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