Who We Are
The Order of the Adoration Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament was originally established in Italy by Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation. In May of 2002, in response to the invitation of Bishop Robert Carlson, seven Sisters came from Coscomatepec Veracruz, Mexico to start a new community in the Diocese of Sioux Falls at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
Our mission is the adoration to Jesus truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist. Each Sister has her turn for adoration, day and night, in front of the Blessed Sacrament where we continually pray for the intentions and needs of all humanity, especially those who daily send to us their prayer requests, and all members of the Diocese of Sioux Falls which has become our home.
Our way of life is contemplative. Living our mission and charism is fulfilled inside the Monastery; leaving it only in order to provide for our basic needs or special occasions. While our main charism is prayer, we also take turns in the different activities such as sewing,cooking, sacristy, laundry, host making, receptionist, etc. Spiritual reading, recreation and study are also important duties in our daily routine.
By following our rule, we accomplish our mission, quietly inside the walls of our cloister where we are not seen publicly. Day by day we offer our lives loving to God and his people with our humble service of prayer and adoration to Jesus really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
A Typical Day
- 5:45 AM Rise
- Morning Prayer
- Holy Eucharistic
- Lectio Divina
- Mid Morning Prayer
- Midday Prayer and devotions
- Mid Afternoon Prayer and Holy Rosary
- Spiritual reading
- Evening Prayer, Office of Readings and meditation
- Final Prayers
Each Sister has an hour of personal adoration before the Blessed Sacrament daily and during the night one hour two times a week.
The order was founded in Italy by Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation in 1807. She founded a monastery to be totally dedicated to adoring the Most Holy Eucharist under the protection of Our Lady of Sorrows.
Our Monastery in Sioux Falls
Our Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Joseph was founded in Sioux Falls at the request of Most Rev. Robert Carlson. The founding sisters arrived from the Monastery of San Juan Bautista de Coscomatepec, Veracruz, Mexico to adore the Lord in the Holy Eucharist and to pray for all peoples, especially those in this diocese.
Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation was born in Italy on April 16, 1770 as Caterina Sordini. She had a lively temperament and after sustaining some injuries in some childish escapades, Caterina began to settle down. She became engaged to a young man in the village, Alfonso Cacece.
Before the couple were to get married, Alfonso had to take a trip to Constantinople. It was during this trip that Caterina took the opportunity to dress in her finest and decked with her jewels given by her fiancé she went before a mirror. There, her reflection was blurred and faded, and in its place, she saw in her mind’s eye Christ hanging from the cross and irresistible words came inviting her to exclusive love and devotion. This profound experience caused her to faint and when she recovered she was a changed young woman. After consulting with her spiritual director and parents, Caterina joined the Franciscan Tertiaries in Ischia di Castro. There she began religious life as Sister Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation.
During the novitiate with the Franciscans, Sister Mary had another vision. This time she foresaw that she would found an order dedicated to perpetual adoration. Sister went on to make her vows with the Fransiscans. Eventually she became the Mother Abbess. It was in her second term as Abbess that she gained permission to found the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.
After founding a monastery of cloistered sisters, she continued in her life of holiness. Many miracles were attributed to her in her lifetime. She was called home by her Divine Spouse in 1824. Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene was beatified on May 3, 2008. Her body is venerated in Rome.
“Jesus, My Supreme Good, I want the whole world to love you even at the cost of my many hardships and of my life.”
(Aspirations of Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation, Foundress of the Sisters of Perpetual Adoration)