January is the fourth month for the Society of Saint Scholastica. In October, we prayed for the Sisters of Our Mother of Divine Grace. In November, I personally took time to pray for the Deceased Women Religious. In December, Joe gave us the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. Now, in January, in a conversation that I had with Joe, I suggested the All Saints Sisters of the Poor as an order to support in a future month, and since he is sick right now, asked if I would mind writing something up about them, so here I go.
The All Saints Sisters of the Poor are a “baby order” in the Church. They are convent converts! About two years ago, a group of the Sisters, who were originally Anglican, converted to the Catholic Church, while still being able to live in community as a religious order. On November 1, the Archdiocese of Baltimore welcomed them as an Official Diocesan Priory, by decree of the Vatican.
The Sisters describe themselves as
a traditional Community desiring to uphold orthodox Christian faith and morality and to support the Apostolic tradition in ministry and practice. We are united by our common commitment to the One Lord Jesus Christ, and by the desire to live for Him.
With that unity, and made possible by it, there is great diversity both in our personalities and in our talents. In giving these as an offering to the Lord our communal life is enhanced and the skills and talents of each are used for the benefit of all.
The All Saints Sisters of the Poor are the American Branch of a Society founded in England, and which came to Baltimore in 1872. We are a traditional religious community, living under the evangelical vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. A mixed Life of Prayer and Work enables us to be flexible in meeting whatever needs and ministries present themselves.
If you are in the Baltimore area reading this, you can go to the Convent for Mass with the Sisters! Mass is celebrated daily at 7 AM. The Sisters have a Retreat House, along with a guest wing for women who would like to either discern a vocation or just stay with the Sisters.
For more information, or to reach the Sisters, you can call (410)747-4104, between 10:00 to 11:50AM, 2:00 to 2:50PM, and 3:30 to 4:45 PM. In addition, the Sisters can be reached by FAX to schedule retreats at (410)747-3321, or by writing to:
The Reverend Mother Christina
All Saints Convent
P. O. Box 31271501 Hilton Ave
Catonsville, MD 21228-0127