The mission of the Perpetual Adoration Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament
is, as their name describes, the adoration to Jesus truly present in the
Most Blessed Sacrament. Each Sister has her turn for adoration, day and
night, in front of the Blessed Sacrament where they continually pray for
the intentions and needs of all humanity, especially those who daily send
their prayer requests, and all members of the Diocese of Sioux Falls which
is their home.
The sisters way of life is contemplative. Living their mission and charism is fulfilled inside the Monastery; leaving it only in order to provide for basic needs or special occasions. While their main charism is prayer, each sister assists in different community activities such as sewing, cooking, sacristy, laundry, host making, receptionist, and office work. Spiritual reading, recreation and study are also important duties in their daily routine.
The Order was originally established in Italy by Blessed Mother Mary Magdalene of the Incarnation in 1807. In May of 2002, in response to the invitation of Bishop Robert Carlson, seven Sisters arrived from Coscomatepec Veracruz, Mexico to start a new community in the Diocese of Sioux Falls at the Cathedral of St. Joseph.
By following their rule, their mission is accomplished quietly inside the walls of their cloister. Day by day the sisters offer their lives lovingly to God and his people with their humble service of prayer and adoration to Jesus really present in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Working in the sacristy
Praying before the Blessed Sacrament
Each Sister has an hour of personal adoration before the Blessed Sacrament daily and during the night one hour two times a week.
At the request of Most Rev. Robert Carlson the founding sisters arrived from the Monastery of San Juan Bautista de Coscomatepec, Veracruz, Mexico in May 2002, to adore the Lord in the Holy Eucharist and to pray for all peoples, especially those in this diocese. In May 2018, the Adoration Sisters’ new home dedicated to intercessory prayer, The Mater Ecclesiae Monastery, opened on the Cathedral of St. Joseph campus. The Sisters’ home for their first 16 years of ministry in the Diocese was the Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe and Saint Joseph located in the former Cathedral of St. Joseph rectory.
Blessed Mother Mary Magdelene
“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)