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The “Heart of our Religious Family”

“Within our communities and also within the heart of our religious family, they [the contemplatives] will endeavor to benefit all by  their own dedication…”

— SSVM Monastic Rule, 141

On the Front Lines

Our congregation, the Institute Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará, has both active missionaries and contemplative nuns.

Our contemplative sisters share in the apostolic work of our Religious Family by their life of prayer and penance – they are the “keystone”, on the front-lines, of all the apostolic endeavors of our Institute. As such, they participate in our same spirit, as well as the proper and specific end of the congregation.

By their life of prayer, penance and silence, they seek to prolong the Incarnation of Christ in the world through the evangelization of the culture.

They consecrate their lives especially for the sanctification of priests and priestly vocations of our religious family and of all the Church and in a particular way for the Holy Father. We currently have 28 monasteries in 17 countries throughout the world.

Learn more about the contemplative branch here.


“Our nuns will consecrate their lives to contemplate and to live the mystery of the Incarnate Word in the maximum expression of his self-emptying, which is the cross. This will move them to give everything and to give themselves over completely, thus demonstrating that there is no greater love than to give one’s life for one’s brothers and sisters.”

SSVM Monastic Rule, 6

Novena to the Most Holy Trinity

We remember the contemplative branch in a special way on the Sunday that falls after Pentecost, the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity (this year June 12). Our contemplatives have prepared a special series of videos for the novena leading up to this feast. These videos share about the contemplative vocation and invite all to take a closer look at their life. We share the playlist below so that you can participate in this novena, praying especially for these sisters.

“Come and See" the life of a Contemplative Servidora

Our Contemplative House of Prayer in Brooklyn, NY invites women who are discerning a contemplative vocation to a Come and See Discernment Retreat June 10-12, 2022. Experience contemplative life, sharing in moments of prayer, work, and community life with the sisters. 

You can find more information about this and other Come and See retreats here.

We ask you to join us in praying for our contemplative sisters around the world, especially during this Novena to the Most Holy Trinity.

Our Lady of Lujan, pray for us!