Community of St John Baptist (USA)
Founded 1852 (in UK) 1874 (in USA)
The Community of St John Baptist was founded in England in 1852. The spirit of the Community is to "prepare the way of the Lord and make straight in the desert a highway for our God." We follow the call of our patron through a life of worship, community, and service.
Our Community is made up of monastic women, who share life together under the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our life includes daily participation in the Eucharist and the Divine Office, prayer, and ministry to those in need. We also have married or single Oblates, who commit themselves to a Rule of life and service in the Church, and Associates, who make up the wider family of CSJB.
We live by an Augustinian Rule, which emphasizes community spirit. Those who live with us include Oblates and friends, as well as our pony, dog, and cat. Our Retreat House and guest wing are often full of persons seeking spiritual direction and sacred space. Our buildings are set in a beautiful wooded area.
Our work includes spiritual direction, retreats, hospitality, and youth ministry. We work with young people in local parishes and at a rehabilitation center on our property. Each Sister is encouraged to develop her gifts, as a part of the whole calling of the Community. Our motto is: "He must increase, I must decrease." (John 3:30)
Name: Sister Barbara Jean CSJB
(Sister Superior, assumed office 2 October 1997)
Address: PO Box 240, 82 W. Main Street, Mendham, NJ, 07945, USA
Tel: +1 973 543 4641
Fax: +1 973 543 0327