ACS Origins

In August of 1969, 135 Sisters from 57 contemplative communities gathered at Woodstock, Maryland, to participate in the first seminar for contemplatives in the Catholic Church in the United States. This historic meeting served to clarify the Sisters’ awareness of their need for ongoing mutual support in the process of renewal, education and adaptation following the Second Vatican Council. Out of this momentous gathering, the Association of Contemplative Sisters was formed.

From the beginning, ACS realized its role in affirming and supporting the contemplative dimension of all people. Likewise, the Association fostered a unity among its members based upon mutual respect for diverse spiritual heritages and for contemplative values shared in common.

Over the years ACS has broadened and enriched its membership by welcoming as members all women who affirm and embody the contemplative dimension in their lives.