On April 15, 2012, 4 novices of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, professed for the first time their vows of stability, obedience and conversion of life. Sr. Assumpta of Jesus Christ the King, Sr. Jean-Marie of the Merciful Love of God, Sr. Columba of Jesus Crucified and Sr. Philomena of the Sacred Wounds of Our Lord form part of this young community that was founded under the aegis of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in 1995. In March 2006, they moved to the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph in Missouri.
Their Priory of Our Lady of Ephesus takes it name from the city of Ephesus where, according to Tradition, Our Lady lived and perhaps died (though some believe that may have happened in Jerusalem). Having received a call to emulate Our Lady in her final, hidden years, they offer their lives in prayer and sacrifice for priests. The entire 150 psalms with their hymns are chanted throughout the week and they use the 1962 Monastic Office, with its traditional Gregorian Chant, in Latin.
In addition to recording some beautiful CD’s of sacred music, the sisters also sell altar cloths, vestments, and sacred linens.