Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Fortnight for Freedom, 2015

Today begins the Fortnight for Freedom, a time set apart especially to pray for religious liberty. As we are all aware, there are many attempts to curtail religious freedom at this time, and it is important that we, as men and women of faith, continue to stand up for our rights which are protected by our Constitution. As Pope Francis wrote in Evangelii Gaudium, "[A] healthy pluralism...does not entail privatizing religions in an attempt to reduce them to the quiet obscurity of the individual's conscience or to relegate them to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues, or mosques." (n.255) We belong to a great nation, a nation strong enough to hold within itself opinions and beliefs of all kinds. Religious liberty is a great blessing and one which no one should be deprived of!

Here in the United States today is also Father's Day! We want to give a big thank you to all our fathers, living and deceased, the fathers in our families and our spiritual fathers as well. May God bless you all!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Five Good Years

This is the fifth anniversary of our blog! Hard to believe but true. We didn't know exactly what we were getting into when we started (and sometimes we still don't know) but we're happy to be making this journey and sharing some of our cloistered Dominican life on Lotus Lane with you all!

Today is also the memorial of St. Peter of Verona, a Dominican martyr who died a rather gruesome death because he was boldly proclaiming the faith. May we also proclaim the faith with the same integrity and strength of conviction which comes from the power of the Holy Spirit working in us!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Spring Roundup

May was such a busy month for us...not only visitors but also lots of intense and stormy weather! We'd like to bring you some glimpses of life at the Monastery during May and very early June that we didn't have a chance to post before!

We had a delightful visit with a transitional deacon from our Tyler diocese, Nelson Munoz. Deacon Nelson will be ordained this summer and we hope he will be able to return and celebrate a First Mass for us in our chapel!

All the rain has been good news for Sr. Marie Augustine's garden! We've been eating lots of her delicious organic produce this past month and hope for more to come. 

Sr. Mary Veronica received this grapevine as a gift from a friend and it has really taken off!

Looking for grapes...they are still ripening (although some have turned to raisins in the now hot sun!). Since the squirrels and birds enjoy them too, we're not sure how many Sister will be able to harvest-- but we hope for a few bunches at least!

This visitor has been enjoying the tall green grass around the laundry building. Hopefully he (or she) hasn't figured out where Sr. Marie Augustine's garden is! 

Blessed be God in all His many gifts to us! 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Welcoming the Religious of our Diocese!

As part of the Year for Consecrated Life, we had a kind of "open house" for the religious of the Tyler, TX diocese (our home diocese) on Pentecost Sunday. Turnout was a little smaller than we expected due to heavy rain in parts of the diocese which prevented safe travel, but we had a lovely visit with those who were able to come!

 About 15 people were able to come, which was great! This included of course our chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP and the provincial of St. Martin de Porres province (who is still visiting us), Fr. Thomas Condon, OP

We are blessed to have a great variety of religious in our diocese, including the Franciscan Eucharistic Missionary Sisters, the Daughters of Divine Hope, and the Brigittines, as well as the Dominicans. Some of the groups unable to be present today include active Carmelite sisters, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Fransalian fathers, and some Jesuits.

We had Midafternoon Prayer (also known as None) with the sisters, then a fraternal visit, and finished the celebration with solemn Vespers, officiated by Fr. Thomas Condon, OP. And the weather in Lufkin was cloudy but dry! We welcome these opportunities to meet with the religious of our diocese--they get together more regularly of course but being cloistered, we are usually unable to join them! We hope they will be able to meet with us again some time soon.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Visiting Friars...And Others!

We've had an exceptionally busy May, with lots of people coming to visit us! Here's a roundup of some of the friars and priests who have come to see us recently. 

Fr. J. Michael Sparough, SJ came by on his way to a liturgical convention in Houston. Father resides in the Chicago area so we don't see him too often, but he is always in our prayers! Sr. Mary Margaret is standing with him in the parlor. 

Father Art Kirwin, OP (on the right) brought our two Southern Province novices to visit us on their way back from the Provincial Assembly to the novitiate in Irving, TX. We are always so glad to see our former chaplain, Fr. Art, and we were delighted to meet the two novices! We are praying for your perseverance!

Fr. Thomas Condon, OP, Provincial of the Southern Province (St. Martin de Porres Province USA, to give the official name) also stopped by for the weekend. We are so glad to have him here! This is his first visit to us as Provincial (you may recall he visited us as one of our temporary chaplains in the summer of 2013) and we were interested to hear the news of the province and things he has been doing.

We have also had family visits and others "just stopping by to say hello". It is a great opportunity to meet the people we pray for every day and it encourages us to keep those prayers going! So if you are in the area and want to stop by and pray or say hello, please do so!