Our Inspiration

The ideal that animates the Missionary Sisters of the Holy Rosary is best expressed in our Founder’s words:

“Our sole occupation and thought;
God, and all God’s children.
How to love Him and how to bring others
to praise and love Him for all eternity”

Bishop Joseph Shanahan was a man of intense Missionary zeal born of contemplation. His goal of evangelization was to enable people to become aware of the presence of Christ within them. Speaking to the first volunteers to the Congregation in 1924, he said:

“The life you are preparing to undertake is one that makes exceptional demands: there is needed a soul of profound spirituality with a clear vision of its great purpose… The missionary cannot sanctify others unless she herself possesses the spirit of sanctification; unless she herself is filled with the Spirit of Christ.”

Today, faithful to the missionary spirituality and charism of our founder, we live as prophetic women of faith, prayer and missionary zeal. We witness to Gospel values in living interculturally. In our missionary endevor the lives of those marginalized influence and challenge us to become more compassionate, so that together we create a truly human world.

Our Missionary Call:
At the core of our reality is missioning – the readiness to be sent, to go beyond the boundaries of our own country and culture to nurture and share the Good News with those in any kind of need, through the ministries of healing, education, pastoral work and community development…. always searching for new ways in which to nurture the seed that is Christ in every culture … the living hope of liberation.

We realize that not all are able to go beyond geographical boundaries, we affirm that our charism is also expressed in crossing frontiers wherever we are: frontiers of faith, frontiers that relate to the dignity of the human person.

We are called to express the feminine way of being on mission in our world. As we go about our apostolates, we touch God’s presence within us and within the heart of our world.

As Missionary daughters of Bishop Shanahan we are called to be contemplative in our approach to life, seeing God in everyone and everything, with the eyes of love and compassion.

Bishop Joseph Shanahan, C.S.Sp

Bishop Joseph Shanahan, C.S.Sp