After a great year as our chaplain here at the Monastery, Fr. Art Kirwin, OP is moving on today to further adventures in his Dominican life. We will really miss him! Fr. Art has been a wonderful brother to us, celebrating Mass and other sacraments for us, visiting our sisters at the nursing home, sharing recreation with us in the parlor on a regular basis, teaching a class on Church history, and faithfully helping with our Dominican Laity chapter. In addition to this, he has been involved in prison ministry and his work preaching for a foundation which helps both young and old in poverty-stricken areas. We will miss Fr. Art, but we have hopes that he will return occasionally to celebrate Mass for us since he will not be too far away! And we are not left completely alone...we already have a great new chaplain (more on that later!). Thank you so much for everything, Fr. Art!
Monday, July 7, 2014
Sister Mary Lucy of the Incarnation, OP entered the Monastery in 1950 and made her first profession on July 2, 1952. She was professed 62 years.
Sister was an accomplished musician. She played the organ and piano, but especially loved the violin! Before her entrance, she played the violin with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. (That's Austin, the capital of Texas--as she loved to tell us!)
Sister held a variety of duties around the Monastery, including librarian, infirmarian, maintenance, and bursar (in charge of paying bills, etc.) Sister was an especially dedicated worker who came to work in the Guild (her last assignment) until shortly before her death.
Sister was born on the 4th of July--Independence Day in the United States--and missed celebrating her 90th birthday by one day. She was very witty and had a great sense of humor, taking inspiration from everything around her to make little jokes.
Sister was a true community person, who loved the Dominican life and lived it to the full. She loved our life of common prayer, and also spent a lot of private time at adoration. We miss you so much, Sister Mary Lucy!
Eternal rest grant to her, O Lord,
And let perpetual light shine upon her!
Friday, July 4, 2014
The Rosary for Sr. Mary Lucy will be at 7 PM on Monday, July 7, 2014 in our monastery chapel.
The Funeral Mass for Sr. Mary Lucy will be at 10:30 AM on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in our monastery chapel. Weather permitting, we will process to our monastery cemetery for the burial after the Mass.
For more information on our monastic funerals, please check out our Spring 2012 issue of "Monastery Bells" here.