Saint Brigid of Kildare Methodist Monastery

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Saint Brigid of Kildare Methodist Monastery is a double monastery of The United Methodist Church located in the American city of Saint Joseph, Minnesota.[1][2] The monastery was founded in 1999 by Sister Mary Ewing Stamps, OSD.[3] Being a double monastery, its members constitute both monks and nuns.[4] The guiding sources for Saint Brigit of Kildare Methodist Monastery include the Holy Bible, the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Benedictine Breviary, and Methodist texts such as The United Methodist Hymnal, The Book of Discipline, and the writings of John Wesley.[4] Since the monastery's dedication on the feast day of Saint Brigid in 2000, Saint Brigit of Kildare Methodist Monastery counts sixteen members, including thirteen Methodists, one Catholic, and one Disciples of Christ member, with the youngest monastic being twenty-three and the oldest one being eighty-two.[5]

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  1. Mario I. Aguilar (2008). Contemplating God, Changing the World. Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Retrieved on 01 October 2011. “In February 2011, the first Methodist monastery for women, St Brigid of Kildare, was founded in mennesota, marking a full return to the monastic tradition within the contemporary traditions of the Church.” 
  2. Affiliate Organizations of the General Board of Discipleship (2005-2008). The United Methodist Church. Retrieved on 01 October 2011. “Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery
    Mary Stamps
    200 E. Minnesota St.
    St. Joseph, MN 56374-4620
    Phone: 320-363-1405
    GBOD Staff Contact: Jerry Haas, jhaas@gbod.org
    Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery is a Methodist-Benedictine residential monastery for women.”
  3. Mary Forman (2009). One Heart, One Soul: Many Communities. Liturgical Press. Retrieved on 01 October 2011. “After a few experiments with various people, some from Saint Benedict's Monastery here and support from Saint John's Abbey, in 1999 Mary founded Saint Brigit of Kildare Methodist Monastery.” 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jan Richardson. Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery: A Methodist-Benedictine Community. Saint Brigid of Kildare Monastery. Retrieved on 01 October 2011. “In 2003, the heart and soul of Saint Brigid’s expanded with the establishment of the oblate relationship. The community is comprised of women and men, United Methodist and others, lay and ordained, young and old. We strengthen our bonds with one another through monthly formation gatherings, either locally or via teleconference, an annual retreat in July, as well as regular emails and other conversations. The guiding sources for Saint Brigid’s community are Scripture, the Rule of Saint Benedict, the Benedictine Breviary, and Methodist texts such as the United Methodist Hymnal, the Book of Discipline, and the writings of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism.” 
  5. Patricia Lefevere. Methodist woman founds monastery. National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved on 01 October 2011. “St. Brigid’s oblate group has grown to 16 members since the dedication of the monastery on St. Brigid’s feast in 2000. Besides Stamps, it counts another 13 United Methodists, one Catholic and one Disciples of Christ member. The ages of group members range from 23 to 82. One-third of them are men; half are ordained. The community continues to grow.” 

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