As part of the Year for Consecrated Life, we had a kind of "open house" for the religious of the Tyler, TX diocese (our home diocese) on Pentecost Sunday. Turnout was a little smaller than we expected due to heavy rain in parts of the diocese which prevented safe travel, but we had a lovely visit with those who were able to come!
About 15 people were able to come, which was great! This included of course our chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP and the provincial of St. Martin de Porres province (who is still visiting us), Fr. Thomas Condon, OP
We are blessed to have a great variety of religious in our diocese, including the Franciscan Eucharistic Missionary Sisters, the Daughters of Divine Hope, and the Brigittines, as well as the Dominicans. Some of the groups unable to be present today include active Carmelite sisters, Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, Fransalian fathers, and some Jesuits.
We had Midafternoon Prayer (also known as None) with the sisters, then a fraternal visit, and finished the celebration with solemn Vespers, officiated by Fr. Thomas Condon, OP. And the weather in Lufkin was cloudy but dry! We welcome these opportunities to meet with the religious of our diocese--they get together more regularly of course but being cloistered, we are usually unable to join them! We hope they will be able to meet with us again some time soon.