We, the Benedictine Sisters of Florida of the Federation of Saint Scholastica, are a cenobitic community of vowed Christian women who seek God in an intensified life of prayer and service. Rooted in the Word of God, we center our life in the Eucharist, Liturgy of the Hours, and Lectio Divina. In response to a call to deepen our Baptismal commitment, we live our vows of Obedience, Stability, and Fidelity to the Monastic Way of Life in covenant with God and the members of our community. Because we are Christ to one another, we form bonds of mutual love and respect and call forth the best in one another. We freely and generously open our lives to others in hospitality and place ourselves in service to the larger community. That in all things God may be glorified.
In community the Benedictine vocation is both nurtured and expressed. Participation in communal activities and contribution in mutual service give witness to personal commitment to community.
- In community the Benedictine vocation is both nurtured and expressed. Participation in communal activities and contribution in mutual service give witness to personal commitment to community.
- We encourage each other to grow in community, in mutual obedience, in love, and in the lived expression of our vows.
- Each of us establishes a balance between internal and external activities which permits our active participation in community prayer, activities, and service.
- We strive to be respectful to each others unique personality, abilities, and needs.
- We encourage open communication and strive to settle our differences directly with the parties involved.
- We express collegiality through our personal commitment to shared decision making, our participation in communal activities, and our service to others.
- We receive each guest as Christ.
We share the following Benedictine values and resources in response to the hungers of the people of God.
- Community We seek God in a balanced life of prayer and work, community and solitude, and an integration of contemplative living and active ministry. We structure our life together so that all are held to be gifted by the Spirit, all are seen as equal, and all are called to participation.
- Prayer Eucharist and God’s Word nourish, transform, and unite us to the wider church, giving meaning and purpose to our ministries and opening our doors and hearts in compassion and hospitality to others. Our steadfast commitment to Liturgy of the Hours and personal prayer creates community centered daily on the Word of God.
- Hospitality We freely and generously open our lives to others in hospitality and place ourselves in service to the larger community. We discern the presence of the Creator in all creatures as we see Christ in our sisters, our guests, the stranger, and the poor. Our prayer is that all experience God’s grace and a sense of peace.
- Stewardship We commit out human and financial resources for good works, education, and hospitality. We are compelled to cherish, nurture, and preserve all that is touched by the Creator’s hand.
- Good Works We are called to listen prayerfully and respond with the compassion of Christ to the physical, spiritual, intellectual, social, and emotional hungers of the people of God.
- Peace and Justice We strive for peace through our commitment to pursue justice for all.