LivingStone Monastery was founded in 1956, as a Poor Clare Monastery. The Poor Clares
is a term given to the Order of St. Clare, a Second Franciscan Order originally
founded by St. Clare of Assisi and St. Francis of Assisi in 1212 in Italy. The first
Poor Clares came from Germany in 1877 and settled in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1956, Poor
Clares from Cleveland established a foundation in Newport News, Virginia. They
remained in Newport News, VA until 2004 when they moved to Bethlehem Monastery in
In 2004, Hope Community Church purchased the property from the Sisters of Poor Clare.
They created the Mosaic Campus and gave birth to the LivingStone Monastery (LSM),
as well as the LivingStone House of Prayer (LHOP).
On January 1, 2012, LivingStone Monastery became a ministry of Rivers Cross Anglican
Church (RiversCross.org) and the Company of Jesus (CompanyofJesus.org). Rivers Cross
Anglican Church (RCAC) is a member of the Anglican Mission in America. The Company
of Jesus is an ecumenical ‘Third Order” Community of Franciscans and Benedictines
in the Anglican Tradition. LSM is a “priory” of the Company of Jesus (CJ).
LivingStone Monastery is located on the Mosaic Campus at 28 Harpersville Road, Newport
News, VA 23601. The Mosaic Campus is a comprised of different churches and ministries.
Living Stone's name was inspired by 1 Peter 2:4:
“As you come to him, the living stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious
to Him - you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to
be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus