New Helfta which I call the Marian House is dedicated to the Blessed Trinity, in perfect union with the Blessed Mother Mary, in loving memory of the belated Spiritual Father and Teacher, Rev. Father John Eudes Bamberger of 24 years.
In this House, I am deeply committed to living a contemplative life on this earth where God is all in all, and Jesus is the way to God. I am a Catholic convert who was guided and taught by the beloved and known psychiatrist Abbot John Eudes Bamberger of the Abbey of the Genesee in Piffard, New York where he was the Abbey influential Spiritual Father for 30 years.
Rev. Father disciplined himself as he tried to live an austere, penitential and contemplative life. Some might have felt intimidated by his forthrightness, but Rev. Father was a good, sage and loving psychiatrist spiritual director to many religious and lay people all over the world. He traveled to many countries to help guide the Cistercian brothers and sisters. God also allowed this good shepherd to reach out and help other sheep of His. (John 10:16)
Having made my perpetual vow and consecrated myself to God, living in the world as my cloister, I look up to the Blessed Mother Mary as my role model and intercessor. I am influenced by Rev. Father’s teaching and way of life. He devoted his life to seeking, serving and loving God as he tried to live faithfully the Cistercian way followed the Rule of St. Benedict in poverty and simplicity. He specialized in the studies of the Church Fathers, the Desert Fathers and the early Cistercian Saints.
To many, I am known as an iconographer, a speaker on sacred art and spirituality in addition to a promoter of children’s spiritual well-being. I hope someday to have others join me to form a committed community who dedicated to the search for union with God and serve Him selflessly. We support one another by fidelity to this humble and prayerful way of life in which we share our personal gifts and possessions. We help spread the love of God and promote the spiritual well-being of our brothers and sisters, especially the young generation.
Marie Claire of New Helfta
Our Lady of New Helfta is inspired by St. Gertrude the Great of Helfta monastery in 13th Century. It has no official affiliation with the present Helfta monastery in Germany.