We, the Benedictine Sisters of Cullman, Alabama,
believe that we are drawn into the mystery of Christ Jesus
and are led by the Spirit
to praise and glorify God by a cenobitic life
according to the Rule of St. Benedict.
We are called to an intense personal relationship with Jesus
which demands a total giving of self
in profound union with the People of God.
Our life, centered on the belief
that the Risen Lord is in our midst,
is transformed by a continuous affirmation of God's love for us.
Through our monastic vows, we profess an openness to the Spirit
which leads us to fullness of life in Christ.
This faith life in which we seek God
is intensified and enlivened by contemplative living:
monastic Liturgy of the Hours, lectio divina, silence, solitude,
reverent use of created goods,
and supportive love of one another,
all culminating in the Eucharist.
In our call and transformation in the mystery of Christ
we are formed into this Community.
To live out this reality, we support one another in seeking God,
in affirming one another,
and in giving witness to authentic discipleship.
Within this Community we become bonded in a love
which reverences the unique gift of each individual
and expects from each member
corresponding responsibility for the Community.
Our life in the Spirit of Jesus Christ
overflows into a life of ministry;
we are called to be holy,
to witness joyfully to God's presence and love,
and to be a prophetic sign against the evils of our day.
As Benedictine women we are called to discern and
respond to the needs of the Church today,
especially those of a local church with which we share our charism:
praying, promoting good liturgy, proclaiming God's Word,
witnessing community, receiving guests, teaching, healing,
and working for peace and justice.
We believe that God is here and can be found,
and that a diversity of persons bonded into unity
shows Christ to a divided world.
-- revised 2009