Single women are invited to join the Sisters in their life and work.

We are the Benedictine Sisters for human life: respecting, praying, and working for the dignity of human life from natural conception to natural death!

The Benedictine Sisters of Good Shepherd Monastery in Rio Grande City, TX, are inviting women to join them in a special apostolate. We are Benedictine Sisters addressing the major moral issues of our times.

Our times call for the Rediscovery and the Evangelization of society with God’s
Plan for Marriage, Spousal Love, and Family.

“The future of the world and of the Church passes through the family”
-Pope John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio #75.

The 21st Century is a time to draw more abundantly upon the “Feminine Genius,” (Pope John Paul’s term) which is the woman’s gift for promoting the integral completion of the person. We do this by addressing the grave damage brought about by the rejection of the values of Humanae Vitae, and by encouraging a return to these values.

We promote the teachings of Humanae Vitae (Human Life), Donum Vitae (The Gift of Life), Evangelium Vitae (The Gospel of Life), Familiaris Consortio (The Role of the Christian Family in the Modern World), and the Theology of the Body. These are the articulations of God’s wonderful plan.

Promoting God’s plan includes Natural Family Planning and living a chaste life. This also includes exposing the many facets of the culture of death. Major obstacles to God’s plan for marriage, spousal love, and family are massive: contraception, sterilization, and abortion. We do this by addressing a wide range of audiences: retreat groups, parish groups, youth groups, married couples, pastoral workers, Catholic radio and newspaper interviews. We motivate many people to participate in this special apostolate.

Our Monastery of the Good Shepherd provides a center of formation for:

  • Benedictine spirituality and religious life
  • Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body
  • The Catholic sexual ethic
  • God’s plan for marriage, spousal love, and family
  • How to propose the values of Humanae Vitae to the 21 st century
  • How to build strong marriages and healthy, happy families
  • How to motivate the laity to accomplish their apostolate of shaping the culture with the values of the Gospel

Our Collaborators and Resources in this formation are:

  • Fr. Matthew Habiger OSB PhD, assistant director of NFP Outreach (St. Benedict’s Abbey, Atchison, KS)
  • Fr. Dan McCaffrey, STD, founder of NFP Outreach
  • Dr. Martha Garza Ob/Gyn RE and other doctors trained in NFP
  • Teachers from the major NFP providers in this country
  • Experts with special expertise, as needed.

Qualifications Required in Candidates:

  • A strong faith life
  • a desire to seek God and to labor for the faith
  • have the ability to live peacefully in community
  • be willing to leave the things of the world
  • a willingness to learn
  • a love of prayer and work in a religious community
  • the desire to bring God’s plan to a wide variety of audiences
  • the desire to form leaders in the lay apostolate
  • a willingness to “do battle for the true King, Christ the Lord!” (St.Benedict)
  • extend hospitality for retreats and renewals events
  • assist with the Benedictine Oblate program
  • assist with KSGS 99.9 FM, our small Catholic radio station
  • be out of debt, or soon out of debt
  • be in good health
  • be willing to do manual labor
  • extend the peace Christ in the daily challenges of life

If you discern that God is calling you to the religious life, where you can pursue a closer relationship with God in community prayer, and then apply your talents and energies to shaping the culture by making God’s plan better known to a wide range of audiences, then contact us.

Ut in Omnibus Glorificetur Deus
(So That In All Things God May Be Glorified)