Little Portion Hermitage

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The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage is a Roman Catholic based community made up of an integrated monastic expression of celibate brothers, celibate sisters, families and singles,[1] and a domestic expression of those who live throughout the world in their own homes. It is the first Vatican sanctioned self-supported indigenous religious community in the United States.[2]

The Brothers and Sisters of Charity, a Public Association of the Faithful, was founded by John Michael Talbot[3] in 1980.[4]

Most of the members of the monastic expression live at the Little Portion Hermitage in Berryville, Arkansas.[5] In 2012, a second house was opened in Houston, Texas. There is also an international ecumenical domestic expression consisting of single men and women and families, living in their own homes and sharing the same Rule and Constitution with the monastic expression. The monastic mission foundation on the Island of Ometepe in Central America currently includes both monastic and domestic members.


  1. ^ John Michael Talbot (15 October 2009). Reflections on St. Francis. Liturgical Press. p. 138. ISBN 978-0-8146-3302-1. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  2. ^ W. K. McNeil (2005). Encyclopedia of American gospel music. Psychology Press. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-415-94179-2. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Stephen A. Marini (2003). Sacred song in America: religion, music, and public culture. University of Illinois Press. p. 254. ISBN 978-0-252-02800-7. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Marcia Kelly; Jack Kelly (18 August 1998). The whole heaven catalog: a resource guide to products, services, arts, crafts, and festivals of religious, spiritual, and cooperative communities. Bell Tower/One Spirit. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-609-80120-8. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  5. ^ Patti DeLano (25 November 2008). Arkansas Off the Beaten Path, 9th: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-7627-4856-3. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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