Any female who is looking at the potential for religious vocation and is interested in a mix of contemplative and active life, may wish to consider these Benedictine Sisters.
*Monastery of the Good Shepherd, Rio Grande City, TX * - (aka, the Starr County Benedictines).
We are 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 21 st 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 HumanaeVitae, 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 needs of our times in the life issues
+ 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)
Peace of Christ,