are you looking for?"
is the question Jesus asked his first disciples, Andrew and
John. It is the question that
Jesus addresses to every
human heart. "What are you looking for?" Beauty,
truth, love, life, happiness? Ask yourself deeply: What is
it my heart yearns for the most?
it is all of the above and more. There is in every human
heart a desire for the infinite,
for more, for a fulfillment
we cannot even name. Each of us is searching not for "a
what?" but for a "Who"! In the words of Pope
John Paul II, "Jesus Christ is the answer to every human
question and longing of the heart."
Jesus asked Andrew and John: "What are you looking
for?" they responded, "Teacher, where do you stay?" Jesus
offers an invitation to share his very person with them in
the words: "Come and see."
Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Therefore,
if you are seeking Him, He
says to you today: "Come and
see where I stay; come and know me; come and share the depths
of my heart and life and mission."
as Hermit Sisters of Mary, are seeking God revealed in Jesus
Christ and made known in the Catholic
Church. We are
a Catholic community of Hermit Sisters living in the desert
mountains of rural Idaho in the United States. Our home is
called “Marymount Hermitage.” We are not cloistered
religious, but our way of life is strictly contemplative.
live by The Rule of St. Benedict and model our lives
after the Desert Fathers of the third century in Egypt. While
have a great respect and love for the ancient traditions of
hermits, we also try to respond to the Holy Spirit enabling
us to live authentic contemplative lives of prayer in this
day and age.
this website, you will hear echoes of Jesus saying to you: "Come
and see." We offer this humble outreach to you to share
with you how we have sought and found Jesus Christ in a life
lived according to the Gospel, in the heart of the Church,
in the hope of everlasting life for ourselves and for all,
through lives of prayer and penance, silence and solitude,
community and hospitality, study and manual work.
If you feel called to join us, we welcome you to become acquainted
with us and will try to answer your questions.
If you are seeking a place for prayer and retreat, we have
accommodations for you.
you would like to receive some of the beauty of our desert
way of life, steeped in the Lord, you can purchase music CDs,
flower cards, handmade rosaries and baby gifts by clicking
on the gift shop button.
Thank you for searching. If you are looking for Him, it is
because He has already been calling your name. Let us pray
for each other that we may find everlasting life in Christ
Jesus the Lord.