The Sister Servants of the Lord and The Virgin of Mantará established The Monastery of St. Edith Stein on December 17, 1998, in Flatlands, Brooklyn. In 2012, the sisters were invited to move into the historic Monastery of the Precious Blood in Borough Park, Brooklyn.
The patroness of the community is St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), a Jewish convert who died as a Carmelite nun in a concentration camp during World War II. Taking into consideration the principal prayer intention of our monastery that all may come to the knowledge of the One True God, St. Edith Stein was the perfect patroness for the community.
The Sister Servants or Servidoras get their name from a reference to the faithful women who stood at the foot of the cross (Luke 8: 1-3). The second part of their name, “of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará refers to the Crucified Christ and His Blessed Mother as found in the Cross of Matará worn by the sisters. This is important because crucified Christ and the Virgin Mary must be the foundations of our spirituality.
We invite you to learn more about the monastery and the sisters in the videos showcased below. Explore the monastery’s historic architecture and gain a rare glimpse into the monastic lives of the nuns in a special episode of NET TV‘s Emmy Award-winning series, City of Churches. Learn about their new digital prayer ministry for the Diocese of Brooklyn — Pray for me/Reza por mí – An Online Prayer Community. Watch the exciting journey of the sisters as they meet Pope Francis at JFK, during his historic visit to the United States.