Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Columbus Day Celebration

We had a restful and joyous Columbus Day. It's often more enjoyable than the excessive heat of July 4th. It was very overcast threatening rain; and, in fact, as soon as we concluded the opening flag ceremony, the drops began to fall. However, that did not last long. Yes, it was a lovely day indeed: warm sun and cool breeze.


Now and then some of the Sisters enjoy grilling. So, this year Sister Mary Christine did a fine job of cooking our picnic dinner. Not only did we have hamburgers and hot dogs, but also plenty of chicken.


The day was spent playing games, eating snacks and talking. But we never, ever stop the Divine Office, heading for chapel 7 or 8 times a day to pray for you and everyone in the world.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Until next year ...

The Dominican Contemplative Novice Mistresses of the North American region concluded their annual meeting on Friday, September 29, the Feast of the Archangels. They were fortunate to have all but two of the member monasteries represented. It was a very profitable meetings and everyone is energized to put into practice all the wonderful ideas they discussed.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Novice Mistress Meeting in the Bronx

This week our Novice Mistress, Sister Mary Rose, is attending the annual Novice Mistress Meeting held at Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx. They are having talks in the mornings given by Father Walter Wagner, OP, the current Pastor of St. Vincent Ferrer Church in Manhattan. Almost all the Novice Mistresses have been able to attend. We are only missing the ones from Trinidad and Lancaster PA. The meeting is going very well and our hosting community is very warm and welcoming.

From left to right: Sr. Joseph Maria (Summit NJ); Sr. Mary Jordan (Marbury AL); Sr. Joseph Marie (Menlo Park CA); Sr. Mary Angela (Los Angeles CA); Sr. Mary Rani (Farmington Hills MI); Sr. Mary Rose (Lufkin TX); Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart (Bronx NY); Sr. Emmanuella, (Springfield IL); Sr. Isabelle (Squamish, BC, Canada); Sr. Maria Pia (Bronx NY); and Fr. Walter Wagner, OP (NYC)

Friday, September 15, 2017

Retreat in the Desert

The Nuns aee making their annual retreat from September 13-20. Many people laugh when they hear the nuns are going on retreat. "Aren't you in a perpetual retreat?!"  Well, yes. But we do live in community, and sometimes we need more solitude than we normally have; as well as extra silence and time for prayer, reading, and simply resting.

We usually have a "preached" retreat in which someone preaches to the entire community twice a day on aspects of the spiritual life, plus the homily at Mass ties in with the theme of the retreat. Another kind of retreat might be a "directed" retreat, in which a person might meet daily, or every other day, with a Retreat Master and share privately what he or she has been praying about.

 In the photo above, Fr. Emmerich is explaining where he obtained his white rosary.

Our retreat Master this year is Father Emmerich Vogt,OP, from the Western Province headquartered in California. We had never met him before so when he arrived Tuesday afternoon we arranged to visit with him, before "going into the desert" Wednesday morning. Although Father Vogt is originally from Connecticut, he has lived most of his life in California. He has had various ministries: parish work, Provincial, chaplain for our nuns in Los Angeles, and now giving retreats and workshops throughout the country, and world.

The theme of our retreat is "Liturgical Asceticism".  We are enjoying the retreat and Father Emmerich's very thought provoking reflections. He is funny yet profound.















Friday, September 8, 2017

Chaplains - Old and New


Our new chaplain, Fr. John Lydon, OP, began his ministry with us on August 1. He comes from Philadelphia, but is quite acclimated to living in Louisiana and Texas. Most of his ministry has been in the area of Campus Ministry. It's easy to see that he must have done well. He is down to earth and loves people. We thoroughly enjoy his daily homilies and never know what to expect.



By co-incidence, just yesterday our previous Chaplain, Fr. Marcos Ramos, OP, successfully defended his doctoral dissertation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Ad multos anos!!
That's more or less, Latin for "Congratulations".