Community of St John Baptist, USA (CSJB)

Introduction to the community

The Community of St John Baptist was founded in England in 1852. The spirit of the Community is to “prepare the way of the Lord and make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” We follow the call of our patron through a life of worship, community, and service.

Our Community is made up of monastic women, who share life together under the traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Our life includes daily participation in the Eucharist and the Divine Office, prayer, and ministry to those in need. We also have married or single Oblates, who commit themselves to a Rule of life and service in the Church, and Associates, who make up the wider family of CSJB.

We live by an Augustinian Rule, which emphasizes community spirit. Those who live with us include Oblates and friends, as well as our dog and cat. Our Retreat House and guest wing are often full of persons seeking spiritual direction and sacred space. Our buildings are set in a beautiful wooded area.

Our work includes spiritual direction, retreats, hospitality, youth ministry and ordained ministry (two sisters are priests). The Community participates in a mission in Africa, helps the homeless, and works in parishes.

Contact details

973 543 4641
973 543 0327

Address: PO Box 240, 82 W. Main Street, Mendham, NJ 07945, USA

Community information

Date of foundation:
1852 (in UK), 1874 (in USA)
Bishop Visitor: Rt Revd Allen Shin


James Simpson & Edward Story, Stars in His Crown, Ploughshare Press, Sea Bright, NJ, 1976
Valerie Bonham, A Joyous Service, CSJB, Windsor, 1989; new edition 2012
Valerie Bonham, A Place in Life, CSJB, Windsor, 1992
Valerie Bonham, The Sisters of the Raj, CSJB,Windsor, 1997
Valerie Bonham, Living Stones: The CSJB in America, 2016
P Allan, M Berry, D Hiley, Pamela CSJB & E Warrell, An English Kyriale.

Third Order, Fellowship, Associates

Oblates make promises which are renewed annually. The Rule of Life includes prayer, study, service, spiritual direction, retreats.

Associates keep a simple Rule. Membership is ecumenical.


Sister Superior: Sister Monica Clare
Elected 4 December 2019


Sister Laura Katharine (Assistant Superior)

Sister  Pamela (Novice Director)
Sister Suzanne Elizabeth
Sister Barbara Jean 
Sister Eleanor Francis
Sister Mary Lynne
Sister Deborah Francis
Sister Margo Elizabeth
Sister Linda Clare
Sister Victoria Michelle