On June 24th, 1917, the Congregation was established. It has been nearly 100 years and the Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict have continued to embody the principles of Ora et Labora which is interpreted as prayer and work. 23 of these approximately 300 sisters are located among the beautiful landscape of Huntington, NY. They reside in St. Joseph’s House and have no reservations about being one of the 39 beacons of light that shine throughout the world through established Houses erected in Poland, Ukraine, Brazil, Ecuador, and the USA. They are unified as one and, yet, are many. For they have come far and, yet, have far to go.

1 Corinthians 12:14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.

16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.

17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be?

18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.

19 If they were all one part, where would the body be?

20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!”

22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable,

23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty,

24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it,

25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other.

26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

They are committed! They are courageous! And they are connected within their community! They provide service for the elderly and sick. With the grace that God provides, they retain the compassion to serve God and the residents of their community. It’s a time of jubilee! It’s a season of celebration and anticipation in which we have a lot to be grateful for and so much more to look forward to.

Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one,
because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,
one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up.

11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?

12 Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Thank you for financially supporting our missions, as we continually evaluate young girls who feel that they are called to embrace this vocation shared by the Missionary Sisters of St. Benedict. 100 years old and still going strong!