Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Visiting Friars: Fr. Bernard Mulcahy, OP and Fr. John Rooney

We were surprised and delighted to receive a visit on Tuesday from Fr. Bernard Mulcahy, OP, a friar from the province of St. Joseph (eastern province) who is teaching at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. He came with a friend and colleague from St. Mary's, Fr. John Rooney, a diocesan priest who is an associate with the Dominican Sisters in Houston. 

Fr. Bernard and Fr. John

We had a fascinating, rather free-wheeling discussion with them about all manner of things in the parlor after lunch that lasted until time for Rosary (you can see the time on the clock in the picture!). Dominicans do love a good discussion! We are always happy to welcome visiting friars (and others!) who come to our door so if you're in the area, please give us a call and drop by!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ongoing Formation with Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP

As you may know, Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP is our current monastery chaplain. This summer he has graciously taken some time to give classes to our novitiate sisters (and those in the professed community who are able to come). The classes are on patristics (the Fathers of the Church) and we are really enjoying them. Father is an excellent teacher!

Fr. Marcos lectures in the novitiate community room while Sr. Mary Giuse listens closely

So far, we've discussed Ignatius of Antioch, Polycarp, Clement, and the Protoevangelium of James. Father's lectures are very interesting, and we enjoy his use of various audio-visual helps too (that is to say, he sometimes shows videos--always welcome in class!). Father plans many fascinating topics to come, and he has suggested the class will last at least until Advent. We are fortunate to have this opportunity! Thank you, Fr. Marcos, for taking this time to instruct your sisters and helping them grow in their knowledge and love of God! 

Monday, July 20, 2015

Questions Answered: July Edition

Q: Y'all haven't posted anything in quite a while. Is everything OK?
A: Yes, we're fine! We've just been really, really busy. And the sister who generally oversees this blog had to get a new computer, so she's been trying to switch over from Mac to PC. It's a long story we're not going to go into, but actually things are going very smoothly there and everywhere else.
Q: Did you have a good 4th of July?
A: Yes. We had a delightful picnic along with our traditional flag raising. We played all kinds of games and had a wonderful free day. Some readers may recall that we didn't celebrate the 4th of July (which is Independence Day in the U.S. for those who may not know) last year due to the death of a sister on July 3. So this was an extra special time, not only of remembering the freedom we enjoy as a nation but also remembering this sister and the special gift she was to us.
Q: Anything interesting coming up that may appear on the blog?
A: Definitely! We hope you will keep checking back and we promise to be more timely about posting in the days and weeks to come!