Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Life with the Cloistered Domincan Nuns

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

A Feast of Roses

On August 23, Dominicans around the world celebrate the feast of St. Rose of Lima, the first canonized saint of the Americas. But that day is also the feast day of our own Sister Mary Rose, the Novice Mistress of our monastery. Because of her office, or duty, the sisters in the novitiate always make it a special celebration. This year it was magnificent!

Here is the Guest of Honor-Sr. Mary Rose-as she enters the Novitiate


Sister Mary Therese devised two fun and exciting Dominican games. In the first one the Sisters scoured the Novitiate building for clues on the back of Dominican shields telling them how to find the grand prize. After that there was a more "sedate" card game. Sad to say, our honoree did not win any of the games.

Here, Sr. Mary Dominic, Sr. Mary Rose and Sr. Mary Therese are playing the 2nd Dominican game. It was a card game as you can see with all the Dominican shields.



The Sisters enjoyed hamburgers for dinner and in the afternoon watched a movie, "The Secret of Ronan Inish".

There were cupcakes galore (twice as many as seen in the photo), and each one was different!!!


After Vespers, the party sisters returned to the Novitiate for a special supper prepared by Sister Mary Dominic who helps in the Novitiate. She cooked a delicious chicken dish with wine, which turned the chicken purple!

 The recipe goes back to 4-5th century Rome!!!



 After the meal it was time for Sister Mary Rose to open gifts.


Here's an unusual gift: a knitted crocodile that also functions as a scarf. I bet a little boy would like that one.



Looking on as Sister opens her gifts: Sister Mary Dominic and Sister Bernadette Marie.





Saturday, August 19, 2017

Peace Be with You


"Peace be to your homes!"  (Psalm 122)

Please join us in praying and sacrificing for peace in our world, our country and in the hearts of all people.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Towards the Heights

Today is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady into Heaven!


Sometimes we may not know what to think of this feast. But we should always remember that it is a promise to each of us that if we love Christ and try to do God's will, one day, we too, will be taken to Heaven.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Providence Does Provide!

We had only just finished consuming the last chunk of the big watermelon, when a friend from the Dallas area showed up yesterday morning with FIVE watermelons!!!!!

Sister Mary Veronica had been praying for more watermelon; and when she starts praying ... watch out!



We are constantly thanking and praising God for the way He takes care of us and provides for our needs, ... even ones we don't know we have.

One of the Sisters went to the Laundry after dinner and smelled something strange. She did not have time to check it out because it was time for her Eucharistic adoration.

The memory of the strange smell kept coming back to her during adoration. So as soon as she finished she went to find our workman, David. He went to the Laundry and the smell was even worse. "It's an electric burning!" he diagnosed. The Sister and he began to feel the walls to find where it was. David found it with an "Ouch!" It had become very hot. The electrician that works on our A/C was called and quickly fixed the problem.

PRAISE GOD Whose hidden Providence saved us from a fire. Another providential moment was to realize that it the burning had happened at night, it probably would have burst into flame.

Thank you GOD,
St. Joseph and all our Guardian Angels
for protecting us from fires!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Surprise Visit

We were unexpectedly called to the parlor yesterday afternoon for a visit with our friend Bishop Eduardo Nevares, Auxiliary of Phoenix. Bishop Eduardo is busy throughout the Arizona diocese ministering to the 30+ ethnic groups, as well as the many spirituality communities, such as Cursillo, Charismatic, Encounter, etc.


This time he surprised us with a beautiful gift in honor of Sister Maria Guadalupe's Golden Jubilee. You can see them both in the photo above. And Sister Mary Veronica, his "spiritual mother" enjoying the scene from the background.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Summmmer time


Summer time in Texas is watermelon time. And someone recently gave us a very large watermelon. We like watermelon, and have several being chilled right now.


We want to thank all our friends who have shared with us the produce of their gardens, or sent over fruits and vegetables.
We remember you in our prayers as we consume these delicious gifts of God's creation.