For two days we enjoyed a great visit from Fr. Brian Pierce, OP, who is a friar of our Southern province and also happens to be the Promoter for the Nuns of the Order of Preachers. Father will be stepping down from his office early in 2014 (after six and a half years!) and taking a well-deserved rest. But for now he continues his busy schedule, visiting nuns all over the world--even in Lufkin, TX!
Father gave us a beautiful study session on the Master of the Order's letter on the Liturgy of the Hours. Following this, we had many intense discussions about the nuns of the Order and various other things.
Father Brian listening intently to our questions and considering an answer!
We can't help but mention that it was through our monastery in Lufkin that Father received his vocation. He visited our monastery and made his first contact with the Dominican Order while he was a student at nearby Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. We consider him in a way "our" vocation and we have been praying hard for him all these years. And of course we will continue to do so!
Providentially, Father was here to visit us on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe--which happens to be Sr. Maria Guadalupe's feast day! What a blessing!
Thank you so much for all your hard work on behalf of the nuns of the Order, Father Brian! We look forward to seeing you again soon!