Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Fr. John Sica, OP

Recently, Fr. John Sica, OP, from the Eastern Dominican Province came by for an overnight visit. He is a young priest, only ordained in 2016. He will be living at the Southern Province's Holy Rosary Priory in Houston, Texas for 3-5 years working on his Ph.D. on St. Thomas at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas Aquinas. It is the only institution in the United States to offer a doctorate in Thomistic Studies. He has a wonderful sense of humor and we were laughing during most of the visit. Father is originally from Long Island, NY. After finishing high school he went to Providence College to study philosophy. It was there he met the Dominicans and entered the Order upon graduation. We hope he will come again soon for another visit.

Friday, August 9, 2019

St. Dominic is still with us!

Even though St. Dominic died almost 800 years ago, we still know he is with us; praying for us and supporting us. A friend paints "peg dolls", but they aren't just any peg dolls. They are saints! Below you can see a new St. Dominic and companion.

Have a Bless Day!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Happy Feast Day of St. Dominic!

Today is the Feast - Solemnity - of our Father and Founder Saint Dominic de Guzman. He was born in Caleruega, Spain about 1170, and died in Bologna, Italy, on August 6, 1221.

Below is a photo of our lovely chapel this morning just after the celebration of the Mass. We had the entire Dominican Family present. Of chaplain, Fr. John Lydon represented the Friars, we were the Nuns, the Sisters were represented by the Sister    from Porto Rico who have been in our diocese for about five years, and also several members of the Dominican Laity were also present.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Historic Photo from Vietnam

Today we received via the Southern Province Facebook page a wonderful photograph of our new Master General, Father Gerard Timoner, OP surrounded by the four Dominican Provincials from the United States.

Pictured left to right: back row: Fr. Ken Letoile, Eastern Province based in New York City; the Master; Fr. Christopher Fadok, Western Province based in Oakland CA; front row: Fr. James Marchionda, OP, Central Province based in Chicago IL; and Fr. Tom Condon, OP, Southern Province based in New Orleans LA.

It is such a joy to be a member of the Dominican Family!

A first time

One never knows who or what is going to come to the Monastery!

Yesterday, we received a large leg of a pig that was roasted by our local Knights of Columbus. Sister is cutting it up for now and it looks like it will provide many future meals!

A few days before this, there was a dragonfly that spent the entire day clutching a branch by the Sister's door into our main building.

After the dragonfly was settled on the tip of the branch it would close its wings forward, as if to signal it was resting.

We have many of these critters that live down at the pond. During the summer they come up to the large grassy yard outside our refectory (dining room) to hunt for their own dinner. But then they are usually constantly flying around which is the only way they can catch their prey and eat it. This time we had a wonderful chance to really examine our insect-friend. In the second photo above, it almost looks like a person holding on to the twig, or maybe it's an "alien".

The Smithsonian Magazine has a fascinating article about these wondrous creatures. Here are a few nuggets:

Flying insects are usually annoying. Mosquitoes bite you, leaving itchy red welts. Bees and wasps sting. Flies are just disgusting. But there’s something magical about dragonflies.
1 ) Dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve, some 300 million years ago.
3 ) There are more than 5,000 known species of dragonflies.
11 ) Dragonflies, which eat insects as adults, are a great control on the mosquito population. 
One thing we know is that this amazing creature is another sign of our constantly creative God!