In 1995, a lay woman in Nevada started a prayer group to pray ardently for the intentions of the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. They prayed the Rosary, adored our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament, and performed works of mercy. They fasted, made reparation for sins against the Two Hearts, and strove to live the Gospel. They believed that this effort to serve the Hearts of Jesus and Mary was pleasing to Them and that it would grow—even to becoming a new religious community.
When through various circumstances she moved to Oregon, she met a Benedictine priest who was serving at the time at a local parish. She shared with him the vision and charism she felt called by the Two Hearts to initiate, and he too became involved. Guidance from the Church was sought, and through prayer and fasting, a constitution was written and the charism formulated.
They contacted a professor of Theology and Mariology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville who then also believed that a new religious community dedicated to the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts was a desire of Jesus and Mary. He then contacted the Bishop of Steubenville, Ohio, who gave permission for the establishment of this new religious community in his diocese. (Providentially, the Immaculate Heart of Mary is the patroness of the Diocese of Steubenville)
Once property was obtained, the Bishop blessed the grounds and undertaking, and on August 19,1997, the Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary officially began. In March 2001, it became a Private Association of the Faithful with Episcopal consent.
Over the years, various priests, religious, lay people, and young men and women seeking to become religious have contributed, under the guidance of the Two Hearts, to the establishment it is today. With God’s unfailing grace, the protection and guidance of Jesus and Mary, the support and direction of the Church, the commitment and perseverance of it’s members, and the loving assistance of so many generous benefactors (both material and spiritual), it will continue to grow more into what the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts desire it to be: an oasis of peace and prayer for the glory of God, the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls.