Traditional communities for women

Does anyone have an updated list or know of traditional-minded active (with an active apostolate) religious communities for women? English speaking, but doesn’t have to be in the US.

By traditional I mean, wear habits, TLM or OF in Latin, or at least leaning that direction.

There are links and some short lists online but they are not very current and mostly contemplative.

Here is a list of religious communities using the Latin mass:

My new congregation is “bilingual” – the prayers alternate between English and Latin. Members are in their own homes at the present time.

Some members have access to the Latin Mass. Most do not. We are to adjust to whatever Mass is available at our parish church, in which we are registered; are a volunteer; and have VIRTUS training.

Please feel free to PM me.

Mrs Cloisters OP
Lay Dominican

That’s a lot of cloistered communities to sift through to find the active ones. The active ones on this list in the United States are:

Exclusively TLM
Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Still River)
The Missionary Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi are trying to get off the ground but aren’t there yet.

There are some active orders on the list that have a mix of TLM and English NO. What the list doesn’t tell you is the why. Some congregations would prefer to go exclusively TLM (Daughters of Mary, Israel’s Hope) comes to mind. Some feel it is a part of their apostolate to serve both (Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa). Some may simply have the TLM because a group of laity wanted it and asked the sisters of they could use the convent chapel:

Children of Mary
Family of Jacopa
Daughters of Mary, Israel’s Hope
Franciscan Daughters of Mary
Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa
Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church
Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

There is another fledling community in Missouri, but I cannot think of its name right now. I’ll let you know if I do.

Unfortunately for the TLM community, we’re just not there yet with the active communities. I think this list provided is pretty accurate.

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St Scholastica Priory in Petersham MA, is traditional.

They do celebrate the NO of the Mass, but with parts in Latin and on Thursday, all Latin.

Been there many times and made a couple of retreats with them.

They are the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Gower, Missouri.

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The Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Philadelphia – & – these are the Nuns who started the devotion to St. Therese in the United States. They have first class relics of St. Therese and of both of her Saintly parents. News articles about this monastery of nuns: &

Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus – &

Thank you everyone.

No, not the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles. They are a monastic cloistered community and can hardly be considered fledgling. The one that I am thinking of has a Latin name and are an active community. I now remember the name! Filiae Laboris Mariae. They were founded in Independence, MO, but are now at the FSSP parish in Minneapolis.

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Here’s the latest news from them:


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