Saturday, May 29, 2010

Vocation Spotlight: The "Pink Sisters"!

Perhaps you have seen a religious sister in a pink habit and wondered about them.  Here is an opportunity to look at one such community through their website.  They are the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters at Mount Grace Convent in St. Louis, Missouri.  And, they have a blog! (be sure to leave a comment and let them know you visited). There is a nice video when you visit the site.  Sit back and enjoy the scenes and music.  Click around the site and check in on the blog. 

In her email to me, Sr. Mary Rebecca, wrote:

The Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters (popularly known as the "Pink Sisters" because of our rose-colored habit) are a cloistered, contemplative religious congregation with 22 convents in 12 countries. Through our Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and silent witness, we make the love of Christ known throughout the world. Mount Grace Convent, in St. Louis, MO is our house of formation in the United States.
If you are discerning a vocation to religious life, you might want to check out this order, especially if you are leaning in the direction of contemplative, cloistered life.  Along with intercessory prayers, they also pray for priests.  From their website:

We are especially mindful of our Lord's exhortation, “Ask the Lord of the harvest to send workers to his harvest,” and we respond with prayer and sacrifice for priests, a special obligation given us by St. Arnold. Conscious that the evangelization of the world cannot be realized without good priests who, in the spirit of Jesus, the eternal high priest, will lead the people of God, our intercession is offered day and night first and foremost for those engaged in the work of proclaiming the good news. During every hour of nocturnal adoration, the Sisters intercede for priests, living and deceased, by either praying the Marian rosary or another form of prayer.
Why pink?

We carry out our service in close union with the Lord, whom we follow in a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Papal enclosure that we observe is a special way of being with the Lord, its totality signaling our absolute dedication. Freed from distractions, our hearts expand to include every need and distress. Before the Eucharistic Throne, we adore God on behalf of our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

The rose color of our habits, which we wear in honor of the Holy Spirit, symbolizes the joy of our dedication to the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity. Our way of life witnesses to the basic truth that God alone is the true center of being and the goal of history, that he alone can satisfy the longings of the human heart, and that every good thing comes from him.

Here are a few pictures from the site.  This first is a photo of a perpetual profession with the new archbishop of St. Louis, Bishop Robert J. Carlson, formerly of nearby Saginaw, Michigan.

The former archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond L. Burke, now the Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura

And, a few more pics from among the many at the site:

The obedient are not held captive by Holy Mother Church; it is the disobedient who are held captive by the world!