Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Sister Mary Anne of Jesus, OP

Our dear Sister Mary Anne died on Oct 15 at the age of 89. We were all gathered around her praying and singing the Salve Regina, a tradition going back to the early days of the Order. Sister entered the Dominican Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Detroit MI in 1944, and 6-months later came now to found our Monastery of the Infant Jesus in the pineywoods of deep East Texas. She was just a white-veiled novice. Sister loved beauty and was a talented artist, craftsman and seamstress, making vestments and habits. She also served as a Novice Directress and Chantress.

Sister Mary Anne had a very deep devotion to God the Father throughout the years and always kept a drawing of God the Father on her wall. In addition to her consecration to Jesus, Sister had a devotion to the Carmelite mystic, St. Teresa of Jesus (of Avila). She constantly read her books, underlining passages until they were almost in technicolor. Thus, it was most fitting that Sister Mary Anne returned to her loving and merciful God on the Feast of St. Teresa, October 15. May Sister rest in peace.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary

This morning at Mass our chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP, gave a lovely homily about the Rosary. You can read it on the Dominican Friars' Southern Province site here. Father Marcos described Murillo's famous painting of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary and then spoke of the importance of the Rosary in his personal life. Father also brought a large, full-length reproduction of the painting which we could admire throughout the Liturgy

We also had the official induction of the new officers of our local Dominican Laity Chapter of St. Thomas Aquinas. So it was a very special celebration, indeed.