Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Monday, November 11, 2019

Good Brothers - the Knight of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus have been watching over us for almost 40 years. They provide festive meals, honor guard when the Bishop comes for Mass for funerals and professions. And the individual Knights use their personal gifts and talents when we have special needs.

In October they truly went beyond the call of duty by presenting us with another very large check to help complete our Air Conditioning Project.

Prioress Sister Mary Margaret happily holds a check for $25,000 from our Local Knights of Columbus.

We are more than half-way finished with the Project. All the nuns have the individual units in their cells (private rooms). Now the workmen are replacing general units in the hall, plus a large one for our Chapter Hall (large meeting room for official ceremonies).

Friday, October 18, 2019

Prioral Feast Day

The rogue's gallery of our Masters General who have visited our Monastery.
The smaller picture to the right of the large one is our current Provincial.

Now that we have a new prioress, that means we will be celebrating a big feast on a different date. Sister Mary Margaret has usually celebrated her Feast Day on January 18 - the feast of St. Margaret of Hungary. St. Margaret was a Dominican Nun  in Hungary not long after the life of St. Dominic, our founder. But January is too close to all the festivities of Christmas and Epiphany, so we have chosen to celebrate her feast on October 16, the Memorial of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, whose feast she celebrated when she was a Springfield IL Dominican Sister.

We had a wonderful and joyous day, enjoying the company and talents of one another. In the morning we had various games and funny stories. One of the games was "Pictionary" as you can see below!

Anyone can play this game, even from a wheelchair.

We ate our festive dinner in the Community Room in order to talk and laugh. In the afternoon, we enjoyed "Punch & Presents".  Here you can see some of her handmade gift.

The gift table after everything was opened.

Sister Mary Giuse and one of the stuffed butterflies she made.

Sister Mary Christine holding an exquisite butterfly she "etched" out of styrofoam.

Sister Mary Margaret holding some animal and dogs made by Sister Irma Marie.

Sister showing off her new yarn. Sister Mary Margaret is a great crocheter!
Some of the Sisters learned that the prioress' favorite color is purple, so it was everywhere ...  as well as butterflies!

Then, in the evening some of our Sisters shared with us brand-new talents we had never seen before-Swimming, Tai-Chi, Linguistics, Tae-Kwan-Do, Jokes. We hope to see them again

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Dominican Laity Event

Today at our usual Saturday morning Mass, our local St. Thomas Aquinas Chapter of the Dominican Laity had some special events. First, Linda Robins pronounced her Temporary Promises for three years. Then, the new officers of the Chapter were installed by the past President.

As Linda makes her Promises to the former president, the incoming president looks on.
In the photo below we have the "officials" of the Chapter with their Religious Assistant and our Chaplain.

Left to right: Maria Burt-Treasurer, Dr. Matt Rowley-Secretary; Virginia Carlin-Vice President; Jesus Reyes Jr-President; and Fr. John Lydon, OP. 
Congratulations all! Let us grow daily in Holiness in our Dominican family!

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!