Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Saturday, October 21, 2017

International Commission of Dominican Nuns

Sister Mary Rose was chosen as the new representative of Dominican Nuns for the North American Region. The International Commission is composed of eleven representatives from throughout the world. They are currently holding their annual meeting in Bologna, Italy.


Whenever any of the Nuns go out for a trip, we always pause to get the prioress' blessing for safe and blessed travels.


Two of the Nuns drove Sister Mary Rose to Bush International Airport, near Houston, on Wednesday, October 18, to fly to Bologna by way of a 5 1/2 hours layover in Frankfort, Germany. 
 

She will return to Lufkin next week on Thursday, October 26.


 Our last view of Sister as she prepares to enter the Security area. Buon Viaggio!

Please join us in praying for Sister and all those attending this meeting, that the Holy Spirit will fill their hearts and minds for the future of the Dominican Nuns.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Virtues

Last we we had a wonderful workshop on the Theological and Moral Virtues with Fr. Leo Almazan, OP, of our Southern Province. Father Leo is originally from Mexico City, but joined the Dominican Order while studying and working in the USA. He is an excellent teacher! His most recent assignment was as Prior of our Student Brtohers Formation Community in St. Louis, MO.



There are three theological virtues which join us directly with God:
FAITH  -  HOPE  -  CHARITY

There are four Moral, or Cardinal, Virtues which concern our relationships with other people.
PRUDENCE  &  JUSTICE  - direct our relations with others

FORTITUDE & TEMPERANCE  -  regulate ourselves

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Columbus Day Celebration

We had a restful and joyous Columbus Day. It's often more enjoyable than the excessive heat of July 4th. It was very overcast threatening rain; and, in fact, as soon as we concluded the opening flag ceremony, the drops began to fall. However, that did not last long. Yes, it was a lovely day indeed: warm sun and cool breeze.


Now and then some of the Sisters enjoy grilling. So, this year Sister Mary Christine did a fine job of cooking our picnic dinner. Not only did we have hamburgers and hot dogs, but also plenty of chicken.


The day was spent playing games, eating snacks and talking. But we never, ever stop the Divine Office, heading for chapel 7 or 8 times a day to pray for you and everyone in the world.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Until next year ...

The Dominican Contemplative Novice Mistresses of the North American region concluded their annual meeting on Friday, September 29, the Feast of the Archangels. They were fortunate to have all but two of the member monasteries represented. It was a very profitable meetings and everyone is energized to put into practice all the wonderful ideas they discussed.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Novice Mistress Meeting in the Bronx

This week our Novice Mistress, Sister Mary Rose, is attending the annual Novice Mistress Meeting held at Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx. They are having talks in the mornings given by Father Walter Wagner, OP, the current Pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan. Almost all the Novice Mistresses have been able to attend. We are only missing the ones from Trinidad and Lancaster PA. The meeting is going very well and our hosting community is very warm and welcoming.

From left to right: Sr. Joseph Maria (Summit NJ); Sr. Mary Jordan (Marbury AL); Sr. Joseph Marie (Menlo Park CA); Sr. Mary Angela (Los Angeles CA); Sr. Mary Rani (Farmington Hills MI); Sr. Mary Rose (Lufkin TX); Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart (Bronx NY); Sr. Emmanuella, (Springfield IL); Sr. Isabelle (Squamish, BC, Canada); Sr. Maria Pia (Bronx NY); and Fr. Walter Wagner, OP (NYC)