Meet the Community of St. John Baptist (CSJB), a religious order for women in The Episcopal Church:
How have CSJB sisters experienced their call to monastic life?
Our Sisters come from diverse backgrounds, denominations, and faiths. One of us grew up in a secular Jewish family, one spent many years as a nun in the Vedanta community, and others come from Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Quaker, and agnostic backgrounds. All of us felt called, at different times in our lives, to be confirmed in the Episcopal Church and enter religious life. The most common factor in our sense of call is that it was persistent and did not fade away over time.
What do sisters do all day?
We spend many hours a day in prayer, study, and worship, and we also do work and ministry. You may see our full daily schedule on our website at csjb.org/becoming-a-sister.html.
What are your ministries?
We run a 27-bedroom retreat house and serve as spiritual directors and retreat leaders. In addition, we each have individual ministries working in parishes, food pantries, interfaith programs, pilgrimages to holy places, the Good Shepherd Home for children in Cameroon, and many others.
Do you take vows?
We take vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience for life.
How can I get involved with the Community of St. John Baptist?
We welcome volunteers to help with our ministries, to pitch in with buildings and grounds projects, to work in our garden which provides produce for local food pantries, and to assist us with our guest ministry and fundraising events. We also welcome anyone who is interested in becoming an Associate or Oblate.