Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Friday, September 4, 2015

A Visit from John-Carlos Estrada of KTRE-9

Sr. Mary Dominic, Sr. Mary Jeremiah, and Sr. Maria Guadalupe with John-Carlos Estrada

Well, we're not going to be on TV (yet) but we did receive a nice visit from KTRE-9's news anchor for the 6 and 10 news! John-Carlos Estrada is also the managing editor for KTRE (which is our local ABC affiliate), and an adjunct professor at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. He stopped by to meet us and tell us about life in broadcast journalism, which we found very interesting. Of course we hinted that a story about our monastery would be a good idea, so who knows what the future may hold? Stay tuned!

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sr. Mary Rose's Feast Day Celebration

Sr. Mary Rose's feast day falls on August 23...feast of St. Rose of Lima...but various circumstances forced us to postpone the celebration of her special day until August 30. Seven sisters joined Sr. Mary Rose in the novitiate for a lovely time!

A tribute to St. Rose of Lima on the novitiate bulletin board. 

Most of the day was spent happily recreating, snacking, and watching a movie. We also played some games and watched Sr. Mary Rose open her gifts. 

The gift table 

Sr. Mary Rose opens a gift as our postulant Cloe looks on

Sister received many useful gifts, including books, cards, and this beautiful tote bag made by Sr. Bernadette Marie

After opening the gifts, we played a game. One sister had to describe an object to her partner, who would draw it based on the description given. The sister who described the object could not say what it was or what it was for, which made the results extremely funny!

Sr. Mary Jeremiah and Sr. Mary Margaret with their drawing and object

Sr. Mary Gabriel and Sr. Mary Thomas with their drawing and object

Cloe and Sr. Mary Rose with their drawing and object

We give thanks to God for a beautiful day, and for Cloe our postulant, and Sr. Mary Rose, our novice directress, whose feast day inspired such a great time! May He send us many more young women who wish to serve Him as cloistered Dominican nuns!

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sr. Mary Regina's 80th Birthday!

Sr. Mary Regina celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday, August 29th! We had a big party for her in honor of this important milestone in the community room with cake and ice cream. 

Sister Mary Regina in her "Happy Birthday" glasses!

The delicious cakes...and Sister Mary Regina. In back, from left: Sr. Mary Gabriel, Sr. Maria Cabrini, Sr. Bernadette Marie, Cloe, Sr. Mary Dominic

Blowing out the candles....

Enjoying the cake and ice cream treat with Sr. Miriam (left)

We wish you a happy 80th birthday, and hopefully many more to come, Sister!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rosary and Funeral Mass Times for Sr. Mary Emmanuel

The Rosary for Sr. Mary Emmanuel will be prayed on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 7 PM in our monastery chapel.

The Funeral Mass for Sr. Mary Emmanuel will be on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM in our monastery chapel. Our chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, will be the main celebrant. Weather permitting, we will process to our monastery cemetery for the burial after the Mass. 

We will keep vigil with Sr. Mary Emmanuel from Sunday morning until shortly before the Mass on Monday morning. Anyone who wishes to come and pay their respects is welcome to do so.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rest in Peace, Sr. Mary Emmanuel

Our dear Sr. Mary Emmanuel entered eternal life on August 20, 2015, about 3 PM. We will post the times for the rosary and funeral Mass when we know them. Please keep our sister in your prayers.