Cenacle Sisters


Name of Congregation: Cenacle Sisters

Active or contemplative: The Cenacle Sisters are apostolic women who desire to be a contemplative presence, visible and accessible to all those whom they encounter. 

What is the timeframe your congregation served the Diocese of Arlington?

What type of ministry did your congregation carry out in the Diocese of Arlington? 
The Cenacle ministry is that of retreats, spiritual direction, adult faith formation and contemplative presence. 

Describe the charism of your congregation:

The Cenacle mission, in accord with the mission of the universal Church, is directed toward awakening and deepening faith with and for the people of our times. We engage in this mission through our life, which is prayer, community and ministry.

Institutions in the Diocese of Arlington in which your congregation served, primarily:

The Cenacle Sisters provided retreats, morning/days/evenings of prayer, days of reflections, and catechetical support at the following parishes:

  • St. Luke
  • Christ the Redeemer
  • St. Thomas à Becket
  • St. Mark
  • Holy Spirit
  • Precious Blood
  • St. Joseph
  • St. Mary of Sorrows
  • St. John Neumann
  • Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Queen of Apostles
  • Church of the Nativity

Religious from your congregation who served for a significant amount of time in the Diocese of Arlington: 

The following Cenacle Sisters ministered in the Diocese of Arlington, giving retreats and other faith growth programs, as well as providing spiritual direction:

  • Sisters Sadie Nesser and Mary Wehner, McLean, 1978-1981
  • Sisters Marian Hahn and Patricia O'Haire, McLean and Vienna, 1981-1992
  • Sisters Susan Acaro and Sadie Nesser, Vienna, 1991-1992
  • Sisters Annette Mattle and Dorothy Mennis, Vienna and Great Falls, 1992-2003

 For more information about the Cenacle Sisters, visit: www.cenaclesisters.org.