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Sr. Bethany Madonna S.V.
Director of Vocations
38 Montebello Rd
Suffern, NY 10901

Year Founded
Age Range
Suffern, NY


Bridgeport, CT Denver, CO Harrisburg, PA New York, NY Washington, DC


The Sisters of Life are a contemplative/active community of religious women founded by the late John Cardinal O’Connor in 1991. Like all religious, the Sisters take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience. They also take a fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of every human life. Entrusting themselves completely to the Lord of Life, they commit their lives to the protection of human life and to the promotion of new life in Christ, acknowledging the goodness of every person, and sharing the gift of God’s abundant mercy with all those they meet. In this way, the community seeks to help reveal to each person their own innate goodness, the particular love God has for them, and invite them to something greater: a life of truth, joy, and hope. The Sisters of Life currently serve in the [Arch]dioceses of New York, Bridgeport, Philadelphia, Denver, Washington, D.C., and Toronto, Canada. Their missions include serving women who are vulnerable to abortion, giving them the support and resources to be able to choose life for themselves and their children; hosting weekend retreats; evangelization; outreach to college students in Colorado; and helping women who have suffered after abortion to encounter the mercy and healing of Jesus Christ.


As Sisters of Life, we have found that those women ready to attend a Come & See Retreat: Are spending time with the Lord in prayer. Are not currently in a dating relationship. Are in good health (physical, mental, emotional). Have been vibrantly practicing the Catholic faith. For recent converts, we recommend waiting 3 years after entering the Catholic Church before beginning the process of discernment, to deeply live the graces of the sacramental life. Have experienced living in freedom from struggles such as drug use, alcohol abuse, and sexual struggles for 2-3 years. Are at least 18 years of age.


At present, the community has a nine-month postulancy and a two-year novitiate. The first year of the novitiate is the canonical year, and the second is an apostolic year. It is followed by a period of temporary vows, and then perpetual profession. In addition to the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, a fourth vow is taken to protect and advance a sense of the sacredness of human life.




Toronto, Canada

Belated Vocations

Belated vocations are considered on an individual basis.