The Vows

“Whoever wishes to come after me, must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me.” (Mark 8:34)

Simplicity: The vow of Simplicity binds the Sister to a deeper interpretation of the baptismal promise of "renouncing the vain pomp and glory of the world". It is a full expression of the Christian discipline of simplicity and good stewardship, surrendering completely to God, without undue attachment to worldly goods.

" Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and decay destroy, and thieves break in and steal. But store up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor decay destroys, nor thieves break in and steal. For where your treasure is there also will your heart be." (Matthew 6:19-21)

Purity: All Christians are called to be pure and chaste in heart, body and faith. Married Sisters pledge chastity within the married state. Chastity, in the case of married women, does not mean celibacy. It is a purity and chasteness within the bounds of the sacrament of marriage. The Community upholds the traditional definition of marriage, in accord with the historic teaching of Holy Scripture and the Church, as being the consecrated union only between a man and a woman. Therefore, the Community believes that the love, emotions and intimacy of sexual relations are rightly expressed only within traditional married life. For single Sisters, the Vow requires celibate chastity. Single Sisters may profess a Vow of Chastity instead of Purity. All single Sisters, however, are bound by their Vow of Purity to remain celibate.

"Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God." (Ephesians 5: 3-5)

Obedience: Under the Vow of Obedience the Sister strives to perfect the promise made at Baptism to believe and confess the Christian Faith and to obey God’s holy Will and Commandments. It is a wholehearted desire, in obedient love, to learn the Will of God and to do it.

" I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me."
(John 5:30)