Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Our Lady of the Rosary

Although today is celebrated as the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, it is also (though not celebrated this year) the feast Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

Our Lady of the Rosary giving the rosary to St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena
in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Santa Sabina.

It is also the travel day for Sister Mary Rose to return home from Italy and the important meetings she attended. We share with you a few concluding photos of this important event.

A group picture of those attending the International meeting of Dominican Nuns.

The English-language group at the Macro-Meeting.

Sister Mary Rose "officiating" at the organ for the Liturgy.
Spiritual Power-House -- Dominican Nuns take to the streets!

A peek into a courtyard at Santa Sabina (Dominican Headquarters).
According to tradition, St. Dominic brought the orange tree  to Rome from Spain.
Many places throughout the world now have cuttings from "St. Dominic's Orange Tree"... including ourselves.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Dominican Nuns' Meeting in Rome Conclusion

The International Meeting of Dominican Nuns concluded on October 2 with a tour of Santa Sabina, the headquarters of the Dominican Order, which included the Church, St. Dominic's cell, and other areas.



Then they joined the Community of Friars there for Mass and Vespers, followed by refreshments in the cloister.




Here is a photo of (right to left) Sr. Maria Christine, Sr. Mary Catharine, and Sister Augustine from the Dominican Monastery in Bocaue, (Bulacan) Philippines, touring Santa Sabina.


Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Dominican Nuns' Meeting in Rome Part 3

We have received some photos of our Sisters at the special meeting in Rome, which will soon be over.

Our Master General, Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP

The Promoter General of the Dominican Nuns, Fr. Cesar Bajo Valero, OP

President of the Association of North American Dominican Monasteries, Sister Maria Christine, OP

Lufkin Sister Mary Rose speaking with Fr. Cesar.

Sister Mary Rose of Lufkin speaking to the Assembly of Nuns.

Sister Paola of Italy, a member of a new monastery near Turin.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dominican Nuns Meeting in Rome part 2

We received a video of the meeting room for our Dominican nuns in Rome. It opens with a shot of Fr. Cesar Valero Bajo, OP. He is Spanish and the Promoter General for the Nuns in the world. Then the camera moves to the right. There is later a nice shot of our American Nuns. Sister Mary Rose has a laptop open taking notes, to our right is Sister Mary Catharine and Sister Maria Christine. From 0:52-48 is Fr. Bruno Cadore, the Master of the Order of Preachers. He is French. You can see our three American nuns here--- 0:09-:07, also Sister Mary Rose is at 0:39-37.




There are 31 Dominican nuns from throughout the world meeting in Rome to discuss in depth the new Vatican document on enclosure, Cors Orans. In addition to the plenary meeting there are language group meeting: 1 English, 1 French, 3 Spanish.

Stay tuned for more news!

Annual Retreat 2018

One of the nuns has a private conference with Father.

Last week we had our annual retreat preached by Fr. Marty Iott, OP. He is currently the Prior of Holy Rosary Priory in Houston, TX. He graciously drives up to our monastery once a month to hear confessions of any Sisters who wish to take the opportunity.

The theme of the retreat was the Beatitudes. It was very insightful. We love retreats. They give us space to set aside our work and focus more time on prayer and reading to nourish our spiritual lives.

Each year we have an 8-day retreat, once a month we set aside the First Sunday as a retreat day, and also each month each Sister may have a day of personal retreat. Each Sister has a 3-day private retreat for the anniversary of her Religious Profession.

These special times are not only important for us, but for everyone. In our frantic world everyone needs to stop and step back in God's presence for a period of time and take stock of how one's life is unfolding.

Try it, you'll like it!