Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Days of Guadalupe

Sister holds a turtle made by one of the nuns
We have been celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe for the past four days!! Besides being the feast of  Our Lady of the Americas (north, central and south), it is also the Feast Day of our prioress, Sister Maria Guadalupe.

We began on Saturday with our joyful greetings and a song, then snacks and games, "talking" meals in the Community Room, and concluding with the Nutcracker Suite in the evening.

On Sunday she opened her many beautiful gifts, which the prioress uses in the name of the Community - usually going to the Gift Shop, our annual Raffle, or benefactors and friends. Each Sister is very talented in a unique area. We concluded the day with a movie in Spanish from Peru about a Dominican Nun!! This excellent film was about Blessed Ana of the Angels who lived in Arequipa, Peru in the 17th century.

On Tuesday, the actual liturgical Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we had the joy of watching some Matachine dancers from our parish, St. Patrick. The Matachines dance for religious purposes - to worship God, Christ, or to honor the Virgin Mary or a saint. The custom originated with the encounter of the native Indians and the Spanish conquistadors. The practice now reaches from northern Mexico to as far south as Peru. Their costumes and fancy foot work were amazing.
Thank you - Gracias!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

A Friend from Trinidad

We had the joy of hosting Sr. Ann Bradshaw, OP, the Prioress of Rosary Monastery in Trinidad for several days. She stopped here on her way to Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery in Lancaster PA, where there is a meeting of the prioresses of the Dominican monasteries of our Association of Monasteries.

Sister Ann and our prioress, Sister Maria Guadalupe, left yesterday for the important meeting which begins today. The Master General of the Dominican Order, Fr. Bruno Cadore, will come and talk with them as a special treat. The Sisters will return to Lufkin later in the week.

Please join us in praying for the success of this meeting.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

We Thank God for You, Our Readers

Another Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, but we continue to enjoy the entire Thanksgiving weekend, as we hope you do. Here are a few pictures of preparing for our special dinner in the Community Room. We eat in that room when we want to talk during a festive meal, but usually eat in what we call the Refectory where we keep silence and listen to the reading of a book or CD.

Everything for our Thanksgiving Dinner came to us as gifts from our generous benefactors. We even had fresh lemonade right from the tree.

While the Professed Sisters prepared the Meal,
the Novitiate Sisters prepared the Room.

We had a new table this year to celebrate the "internationality" of our Community. It was ladened with dishes from Tanzania, Cuba, Vietnam and Columbia... and we had homemade Mexican hot chocolate and bunuelos for breakfast.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

East Texas Autumn

The glorious season of Autumn has arrived in East Texas. We usually have something like a "default" season of summer. That is, every few days, or maybe even a week, the weather turns hot. But this week we are enjoying the cold nights and warm days.

Even some of the trees are turning  pretty reds and oranges. The photo above is of our Japanese persimmon tree behind the professed dormitory. We have several "American" persimmon trees. Their fruit is almost heart shaped and must be soft to eat, if you do not want your throat to close up because of the unripe astringent elements in the fruit. The fruit of a Japanese persimmon, on the other hand, is a squatting square, and stays hard even when ripe. Having the two kinds of persimmons makes it especially important to know which you are eating, or you can be in for a very unpleasant surprise.

We have a cute little family of tree frogs living in one of the flower pots next to St. Joseph by one of the entrances to the professed dormitory. When the days are warm they are out looking for food; when the air turns cold, they are back for a snooze in the leaves and dirt. This one is at the very top of the door near the ceiling of the porch. This is one of the Parents", about 1 inch long. The baby is only 1/2 inch long.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

A Circle

To have a "Circle" at the Monastery is a "technical term".   😄    Or, you might say it is a form of "monastic-speak". In other words, it means that we gather in an open circle to share recent news or events.

Whenever a Sister needs to go on a trip, we have a "circle" after her return, to hear about her adventure, travels, people she met, etc.

In this way, we can all hear the news at one time... and get the story straight. Sister has many souvenirs that the other members of the International Commission gave her.

One day they took a special field trip to see where the Dominican Friars first lived when St. Dominic sent them to Bologna, Italy. They also had Mass in the cell where our holy father died and then visited the side chapel in the Church of St. Dominic where he is buried today.

We are excited that we now have more pictures to add to our Dominican History class!!!