Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Monday, August 31, 2015

Sr. Mary Regina's 80th Birthday!

Sr. Mary Regina celebrated her 80th birthday on Saturday, August 29th! We had a big party for her in honor of this important milestone in the community room with cake and ice cream. 

Sister Mary Regina in her "Happy Birthday" glasses!

The delicious cakes...and Sister Mary Regina. In back, from left: Sr. Mary Gabriel, Sr. Maria Cabrini, Sr. Bernadette Marie, Cloe, Sr. Mary Dominic

Blowing out the candles....

Enjoying the cake and ice cream treat with Sr. Miriam (left)

We wish you a happy 80th birthday, and hopefully many more to come, Sister!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Rosary and Funeral Mass Times for Sr. Mary Emmanuel


The Rosary for Sr. Mary Emmanuel will be prayed on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 7 PM in our monastery chapel.

The Funeral Mass for Sr. Mary Emmanuel will be on Monday, August 24, 2015 at 10:30 AM in our monastery chapel. Our chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, will be the main celebrant. Weather permitting, we will process to our monastery cemetery for the burial after the Mass. 

We will keep vigil with Sr. Mary Emmanuel from Sunday morning until shortly before the Mass on Monday morning. Anyone who wishes to come and pay their respects is welcome to do so.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Rest in Peace, Sr. Mary Emmanuel


Our dear Sr. Mary Emmanuel entered eternal life on August 20, 2015, about 3 PM. We will post the times for the rosary and funeral Mass when we know them. Please keep our sister in your prayers. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

A Sweet Treat

We've been having some computer issues (which hopefully are all resolved) and this has been delaying some of our planned posts. Even though this event happened about a week ago, we still want to post it as it's been quite a while since we showed some of the sisters just having fun. And actually we have a lot of fun!

One of our benefactors gave us a sweet treat for St. Dominic's day...milkshakes! We all enjoyed them so much and this afternoon treat really added to the joy of the day.

  Left to right: Sr. Miriam. Sr. Mary Thomas, Sr. Bernadette Marie, Sr. Mary Giuse, Sr.Maria Cabrini, Sr. Mary Dominic. We also received a beautiful coffee table book with pictures of Pope Francis and the Vatican, which some of the sisters are perusing here. 

Working on the puzzle while enjoying a milkshake! Left to right: Cloe, Sr. Mary Christine, Sr. Mary Margaret, Sr. Mary John

Sr. Mary Gabriel and Sr. Mary Annunciata fixing up their milkshakes with extra whipped cream and a cherry on top!

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Visiting Friars: Fr. Michael Monshau, OP

Fr. Michael Monshau, OP gave us a fantastic leadership workshop last week! We learned all about the different kinds of servant leadership and how to apply their values to our life, important because although we only have one prioress, everyone leads in some way--or tries to be a good follower, This point was movingly illustrated through the film "Interrupted Lives", about Catholic religious sisters trying to survive under Communism,  which Father showed at the beginning of the workshop. 

Fr, Monshau lecturing

We also learned about the virtues needed to be a good leader. These were naturally taken from St. Thomas Aquinas. With Dominicans, it always seems to come back to the virtues according to St. Thomas Aquinas!

Fr, Monshau spent more time away from the podium than behind it! He is very dynamic!

We also really enjoyed Fr. Monshau's wonderful homilies at Mass. He is a truly gifted preacher.We were fortunate to have him preach on the solemnity of St. Dominic, when he concelebrated Mass with our chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP. Thank you so much for your time with us, Fr. Michael!