The Tri-community project

The Tri-Community Project was born in 2004, bringing into collaboration the vocation teams of the communities of Saint Benedict  Monastery in Bristow, VA, Saint Gertrude Monastery in Ridgely, MD, and Emmanuel Monastery in Lutherville, MD. By combining gifts, ideas and capital, the Tri-Community Vocation Project has sought to reach a new level of visibility for monastic life in the mid-Atlantic region. One outcome was the production of this photo which was viewed by 25,000 people per day in the Washington, DC Metro System during April 2006, and which appeared in the National Catholic Reporter in 2007.

Pictured from left to right are: Sister Veronica Joyner, OSB (Bristow, VA), Sister Rosalie Desmond, OSB (Lutherville, MD), and Sister Colleen Quinlivan, OSB (Ridgely, MD). 

The three monasteries continue to work together envisioning possibilities for the future. In 2011 "Project 2020: a Benedictine Vision for Monastic Life" was begun ...a time of imagining, exploring and looking at ways to come together for the future, supporting a common commitment to investigate a future we cannot yet see. The Prioresses and Councils of all three monasteries meet 6 times a year, total membership of the monasteries meet once or twice a year, and subcommittees are in place around leadership, finances and membership. A general direction statement was developed and approved by all three communities in November 2015:

As three communities of Benedictine women we commit to deepening our monastic life in our individual monasteries and together as a tri-community entity, attending especially to sharing of resources, formation of membership and temporal affairs.

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Benedictine Sisters Ridgely MD

Benedictine Sisters of Virginia

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