After reading the biography of their foundress Mother Elizabeth, I was completely enthralled with the Bridgettine sisters before ever meeting them. In fact, it was a running joke in our family that they were celebrities whom we were too nervous to approach. On the feast of St. Gerard, my husband and I finally met Mother Eunice and Sister Florianna. We chatted and they learned I was coming into the Church in December. It was then that Mother Eunice looked at me and said “Mother Elizabeth will be your patron saint.” As if I wasn’t already hooked, this seemed to lock in my commitment to the Bridgettines. They invited us to Friday Vespers, so two days later we found ourselves there in that tiny chapel with our two new friends. I had never been to adoration before, so encountering our Lord in such a quaint, intimate setting was such a beautiful experience. After prayers, they asked us to stay for tea where we spent time in fellowship and Spirit-led conversations. This became a somewhat normal Friday evening for us, prayers and tea with the sisters. 
At the time I would have never imagined how special that fellowship was, or how connected I would be in such a short amount of time. I was finding myself seeking out the sisters regularly, my soul longing for those conversations and interactions. Just being in their presence you experience a joyful, child-like faith that deeply impacts your own walk with the Lord. Anyone who has had even just one interaction with the sisters can attest to this intangible quality.
Over time I grew close to Mother Eunice, I would consider her a spiritual mother. Her words, guidance, prayers, and presence continually build up my faith and help me to grow. I am so thankful that in a time of finding my place in the Catholic faith, the Lord led me to one of his faithful servants who met me on my path and continues to walk with me towards heaven.
-Sarah Hill

My very first time adoring the Lord was in 2019, in the chapel at the Bridgettine Convent. I wasn’t Catholic yet, but I was on my way and the sisters were a big part of my story. Little did I know after that first time I would spend years in this very place as I walked through a desert season of my life. I was grieving the loss of our first child and searching for answers in regards to my own health and fertility. Every Tuesday I went before the Blessed Sacrament with my prayers and petitions for our family and future children. Some days that meant tears and pleading with the Lord, other days I was learning to be still and to trust in His timing. But my heart was at peace because I knew I wasn’t alone. The Bridgettine sisters also spent hours everyday in this same chapel praying for me and our family, asking the Lord to bless us with a child. 

Fast forward to 2022, we found out we were pregnant and I would spend that year in adoration thanking Jesus and asking him to protect this unborn child “from all danger, harm and imperfection.” It’s not lost on me now every time someone meets our son and says “he’s perfect!” What a gift the Lord gives me in those moments reminding me of that answered prayer. Not only is this boy loved by us, but he’s loved and cherished by the sisters as he’s an answered prayer of theirs as well! 

And as we step into this season of new life and parenthood, I’m eternally grateful for our home in this chapel. John will grow up here, adoring the Blessed Sacrament each week and learning to love Jesus through the example and teachings of the sisters who have prayed for him from the very beginning. 

Adoration Testimony