New Master of the Order!

Today the General Chapter of the Order of Preachers elected Fr. Gerard Francisco Timoner, O.P. as the 87th Successor of St. Dominic and the 88th Master of the Order of Preachers! Fr. Timoner is the former provincial of the Province of the Philippines. Our Sr. Maria Agnes knew Fr. Timoner from when he served as vice-chancellor of the University of Santo Tomas as well as the time she spent as Prioress at our daughter house in Cainta, Philippines. Father was one of the rotating chaplains for the monastery, and we hear he has a love for the nuns of the Order. Before being elected today, he served as socius for the Asia-Pacific region of the Order of Preachers.

Please join us in praying for Fr. Timoner as he begins his term as Master of the Order of Preachers!

Welcome to the Professed Community, Sr. Maria Johanna!

We had so much going on before our Annual Retreat that we’re a little late posting on this event. On Saturday June 29th, Sr. Maria Johanna moved “downstairs” to begin her integration period into the professed community. We call it moving “downstairs”…but it is really only two small steps! Our constitutions require that a nun in temporary profession integrate at least one year before Solemn Profession. In our monastery a nun in temporary profession integrates somewhere around two years after her first profession. It is a big step as the rules of interaction between the professed and the novitiate now apply to the newly integrated sister and the adjustment is usually a bit hard for both the integrating sister and the sisters “left behind” in the novitiate. It is also an exciting time as the sister experiences more independence along with more responsibilities.

Welcome, Sr. Bridget!

On Wednesday, July 3rd Bridget Coughlin entered our Monastery to begin her time of formation to become a Dominican nun. Although we used the same entrance ceremony, there were a few details about this entrance that were different. For one thing, the clothing! Instead of a blue jumper with a white veil, Sr. Bridget entered with a blue skirt, white shirt, and no veil. Why? Because due to some changes introduced by the instruction for contemplative nuns, Cor Orans, concerning the timing of the different stages in initial formation Sr. Bridget entered as an aspirant and will, God-willing, begin postulancy in a couple of months. Cor Orans requires a full year for the aspirancy period and Sr. Bridget was a little short of that so she’ll have to wait a few months before she can begin postulancy.

Please keep our new sister in your prayers!

Annual Retreat

Tomorrow we begin our 8-day Annual Retreat! Our retreat master this year is Fr. John Langlois OP, a former confessor of ours and currently president of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

The Cloister Shoppe will not be filling orders during retreat.

During retreat the office schedule will be slightly changed:

  • Rosary & Sext 11:30 AM

  • Conference in Vespers 5:00 PM

  • Compline 7:00 PM

Celebrating 50 Years!

On the eve of the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart we opened Sr. Mary Martin’s Golden Jubilee celebrations at evening recreation. As is our custom, the subprioress, Sr. Denise Marie, led our Jubilarian into the community room as the community sang her greeting song to the tune of Edelweiss, accompanied by Sr. Maria Agnes on the piano.Sr. Mary Martin received her “gold” crown and the sisters lined up to greet her in profession order, beginning with the eldest, or as our chaplain likes to say, the “more mature” nuns. Each sister receives a piece of candy and a little gift, this time a rose rosary box containing rose-scented rosary beads. One of the rose boxes was marked, signalling who won the door prize (Sr. Maureen!). After collecting our ice cream and cookies we sat down to be treated to a lovely violin performance by Sr. Mary Ana.

The next day is a '“10 & 4” day with recreation and snacks in the community room at 10am and 4pm. In the morning a group of sisters entertained the community with a song and radio skit (they even wrote commercials!). Sr. Mary Martin also opened her gifts from the community. She received a beautiful crocheted blanket from Sr. Mary Jacinta who spent more than one recreation secretly crocheting it on her lap to keep the surprise. Other gifts were a set of greeting cards with paintings of St. Martin de Porres (Sr. Lauren had done the painting herself and gave a framed copy to sister as well), golden crocheted roses, a special gift certificate from the novitiate good for the weeding of one garden of Sister’s choice, and many more creative and thoughtful gifts.

In the afternoon we enjoyed ice cream and some short comedy video clips. As is the tradition in our monastery, the evening ended with a game (or two or three) of Bingo. Each sister has a card and bottle/box of buttons/markers she keeps for the few special occasions a year when we play Bingo. Sr. Mary Martin received her best jubilee gift of all at Bingo….someone else to be the caller for once!

We are grateful for the great gift of Sr. Mary Martin’s 50 years of religious profession!

Siena's Six Months

Today our puppy Siena turned 6 months old! We’ve been taking a picture of Sr. Mary Veronica holding her every month since she arrived, beginning on February 25th. At only 6 months old, she still has some growing to do! Can you believe how big she’s gotten?