WHAT IS A HERMIT?
devote their lives to the praise of God and the salvation
of the world through
the silence of solitude
and through constant prayer and penance.”
(Code of Canon Law #603
of the Catholic Church)
Hermit Sisters of Mary, we live by a Rule of Life which gives
us the structures to maintain
a silent, solitary life
of prayer and penance, adoration and praise of God. In order
to have the necessary time for this intense life of “constant
prayer,” we try to limit our contact with visitors even
though we warmly welcome you to come and experience the peace
We reserve the hours of 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. daily for unscheduled visiting. Unless
you have an appointment to see one of the Hermit Sisters, we ask you to limit
your visiting time with us to these hours. Wednesday is our Day of Great
Silence; we do not receive visitors on this day until after evening Mass.
Upon your arrival, park by the chapel and ring the bell
(in the tower). Please wait five minutes; if no one
comes, then ring the bell a second time. In the
event that we are gone while you are here, please leave a note in chapel.
Packages also may be left in the foyer of chapel.
you for summoning us only during
the specified hours. We are not available by phone, but messages can be
left at (208) 256-4354. A recorded message gives the time
for Mass depending on
Whether in our residence or in the chapel, much of our prayer, like Jesus
in the desert, is solitary. However, we do come together as a community several
times a day for common prayer in chapel. Visitors are welcome to join us for
these times of prayer:
7:35 a.m. Angelus bell rings
7:40 a.m. Lauds in chapel
8:00 a.m. Holy Mass (when a priest is available)
12 noon Angelus bell rings
4:45 p.m. Angelus bell rings
5:00 p.m. Vespers
8:00 p.m. Great Silence begins
is our Day of Great Silence for deeper solitude and more
time for personal prayer, so the community does not gather
until Vespers. On this day, Mass
is offered at 5:30 p.m. (when a priest is available).
The hermit community has a regularly scheduled hour of Eucharistic Adoration.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays the night vigil is from 12 midnight
to 1:00 a.m. The night vigil on Saturday night is from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. You
are welcome to attend.
The first Friday of each month during the summer, we have a Holy Hour
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. which includes Vespers (Evening Prayer) and Benediction
of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
An important aspect of living out the ideal of “the praise of God” and “the
salvation of the world” is through time spent in loving prayer before
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
We offer you this opportunity here at Marymount Hermitage and encourage our
visitors to spend time in adoration before the Real Presence of Jesus Christ
in the tabernacle. He is always waiting to receive the love, concerns and desires
of our hearts. The chapel - Our Father’s House - is “a house
of prayer” for
everyone -- those who share our Catholic faith and those who do not.
We are happy to have you and are very grateful when our visitors help us to
foster the necessary “silence of solitude” throughout the entire
Hermitage grounds. This enables us and you to be faithful in “the praise
of God” and in praying for “the salvation of the world.”
For the sake of this sacred conversation between God and His beloved children,
we ask your cooperation in maintaining a reverent silence especially in and
around the chapel. In our tradition, evening silence is sacred for the sake
of prayer. We appreciate your refraining from talking if you are here after
Vespers or for the night vigil.
Thank you for coming as a pilgrim of faith to Marymount.
Wisdom of the Desert...
Abba John said, “We went to Syria one day to see Abba
Poemen; we wanted to ask him about purity of heart. The old
man began by saying, “The nature
of water is soft, that of stone is hard; but if a bottle is hung above the
stone, allowing the water to fall drop by drop, it wears away the stone.
So it is with the word of God; it is soft and our heart is hard, but the man
who hears the word of God often, opens his heart to the love of God.”
The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, #183
“ Let the Word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you.”
Marymount Hermitage...an oasis of peace
and prayer, silence and solitude.