Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Check Out Our New Website!

We're happy to announce our new website is up and running! We're still adding a few pictures and other things but we hope you will come check it out--our new address is We have many new features and more coming, including a new and improved donations page and hopefully soon some videos of the nuns! We are very excited about this new website and hope you will find it informative and enjoyable. Please do come visit us!

Friday, July 20, 2012

A Gift of Peaches

We have been really blessed by our benefactors this year, especially in gifts of food! Yesterday we received 23 boxes of very ripe peaches. We gave a few away, and started to take care of the rest.

The kitchen sisters hard at work...

We were able to freeze a lot of the peaches, and of course we ate a great many, too! They are so delicious!

We love to receive donations! 

We are so grateful to the many people who donate money or food or other things to our monastery. Your donations help us to continue our life of prayer, praise and sacrifice! May God bless you all abundantly for your generosity!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Visit from the Master of the Order--Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP!

Today we are filled with joy as we were able to spend a short but spiritually enriching time with the Master of the Order--the head of the international Order of Preachers, or as we are better known, the Dominicans!

Fr. Ed Ruane, OP and Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP on either side of Sr. Mary John, our prioress--and oh yes, all the rest of the community, too!

We are so grateful that Fr. Bruno and Fr. Ed were able to stop at our monastery for this visit, on their way from Houston and to Irving, TX as part of Fr. Bruno's visitation of the Southern Dominican Province. It only lasted about an hour and a half, but it was quite a time! We asked many questions and received Fr. Bruno's thoughtful (and thought-provoking) responses.

Sr. Mary John welcomes Fr. Bruno and Fr. Ed

Fr. Bruno considers a sister's question...

A close-up of Fr. Bruno

All the sisters gathered in the community room to hear Fr. Bruno speak--and it was wonderful!

Fr. Bruno has a nine-year term as Master, and since he was elected in 2010 he still has a few years to go. We hope and pray his travels will bring him back to Lufkin sometime!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

A Fantastic Fourth of July

In the United States, we celebrate our independence on July 4 every year, and in the Monastery, this means a special picnic day! We always continue to pray the entire Liturgy of the Hours and keep adoration on picnic days, but instead of working we fill in the time with fun, games and extra recreation.

We began our day with prayers and Mass, followed by the solemn raising of the flag.

After the flags were raised, we all sang patriotic songs and said the Pledge of Allegiance.

Whew! It was pretty hot outside so several sisters went back inside to play an intense game of Sequence.

Meanwhile, some of the sisters played beanbag Tic-Tac-Toe. This was Sr. Irma's first Fourth of July in the United States (you may recall she is visiting us from Mexico)! Other sisters just enjoyed sitting around and talking while they enjoyed a rare privilege: snacks outside mealtime!

In the cool of the evening some of the sisters went for a ride on our golf cart. 

Of course, we had to stop and pay a visit to St. Dominic at his shrine in the woods!

It was truly a fantastic Fourth of July and we all went to bed that evening tired but happy, refreshed and ready to return to work this morning!