Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Dominican Nuns Meeting in Rome part 2

We received a video of the meeting room for our Dominican nuns in Rome. It opens with a shot of Fr. Cesar Valero Bajo, OP. He is Spanish and the Promoter General for the Nuns in the world. Then the camera moves to the right. There is later a nice shot of our American Nuns. Sister Mary Rose has a laptop open taking notes, to our right is Sister Mary Catharine and Sister Maria Christine. From 0:52-48 is Fr. Bruno Cadore, the Master of the Order of Preachers. He is French. You can see our three American nuns here--- 0:09-:07, also Sister Mary Rose is at 0:39-37.

There are 31 Dominican nuns from throughout the world meeting in Rome to discuss in depth the new Vatican document on enclosure, Cors Orans. In addition to the plenary meeting there are language group meeting: 1 English, 1 French, 3 Spanish.

Stay tuned for more news!

Annual Retreat 2018

One of the nuns has a private conference with Father.

Last week we had our annual retreat preached by Fr. Marty Iott, OP. He is currently the Prior of Holy Rosary Priory in Houston, TX. He graciously drives up to our monastery once a month to hear confessions of any Sisters who wish to take the opportunity.

The theme of the retreat was the Beatitudes. It was very insightful. We love retreats. They give us space to set aside our work and focus more time on prayer and reading to nourish our spiritual lives.

Each year we have an 8-day retreat, once a month we set aside the First Sunday as a retreat day, and also each month each Sister may have a day of personal retreat. Each Sister has a 3-day private retreat for the anniversary of her Religious Profession.

These special times are not only important for us, but for everyone. In our frantic world everyone needs to stop and step back in God's presence for a period of time and take stock of how one's life is unfolding.

Try it, you'll like it!

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dominican Nuns in Rome

Dominican Nuns from all over the world have been called to Rome for a special meeting concerning the new Vatican rules about the Enclosure.

From the United States, we are represented by the President of the North American Association of Dominican monasteries, Sr. Maria Christine, OP of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, CA (on the left); the representative to the International Commission of Nuns, our own Sr. Mary Rose of our Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin TX (on the right); and, Sr. Mary Catharine, Vice President of our Association from the Monastery of the Holy Rosary in Summit NJ (in the middle).

We received news today that they visited the Angelicum yesterday... and we have some photos! The Angelicum is the nickname for the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, that is the Dominican university in Rome. It was originally built in the 16th century by Saint Pope Pius V to house the Dominican Nuns moving from their original buildings where St. Dominic (+1221) set them up.
The nuns in front of St. Albert the Great, OP, one of the patrons of the university.

The nuns in front of the university.