October Prayer to St. Joseph


We pray this prayer to St. Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church, after our community Rosary every day during the month of October.  Pope Leo XIII originally instituted this devotion in response to the grave needs of his time; it seems especially appropriate again today. To thee, O blessed Joseph, we have recourse in our affliction, and having implored the help of thy thrice holy Spouse, we now, with hearts filled with confidence, earnestly beg thee also to take us under thy protection. By that charity wherewith thou wert united to the Immaculate Virgin Mother of God, and by that fatherly love with which thou didst cherish the Child Jesus, … Continue reading

Vocation Letters: Choosing a Religious Name

Vocation Letters Cartoon of Sister Melanie pondering many inspiring patron saints to choose from.

Happy feast of the Nativity of Our Lady!  This is the last Vocation Letter from Sr. Melanie as a postulant.  We had hoped to post this letter before her fictional entrance to the novitiate on August 22, the Queenship of Our Lady, but better late than never.  A letter on her vestition will be coming “soon.” Ave + Maria August 13 Dear Mom, Dad, Zach, Josh, and Tessa, Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!  I promised to write you about how we choose our religious name, so I am trying to squeeze this letter in so that it will reach you before you leave home to come down to … Continue reading

In Memory of Sister Mary of the Rosary, OP

Sister Mary of the Rosary memorial card

Sister Mary of the Rosary, OP passed away on Monday, August 24, the feast of St. Bartholomew, at the age of 89 and after 70 years of religious life. Born Lalia Ilivia Jones on September 2, 1925, Sister was raised in Chicago where at the age of 6 she converted to the Catholic Faith after witnessing the reverence at a Catholic Mass.  At age 18 she officially entered the Church.  Desiring to serve God as a cloistered nun “like the Little Flower,” she entered the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude on March 24, 1945.  The monastery had been founded as a new, interracial community on August 17, 1944, only little … Continue reading

St. Dominic’s Feast Day Newsletter 2015


Happy feast of our Holy Father Saint Dominic! With joy we welcomed our new postulant Sister Chelsea to the monastery on January 25. Sister comes to us from both coasts, as she grew up in California but attended college and afterward worked in Washington, D.C. The proximity of the Dominican House of Studies gave her the opportunity to know the Dominicans first hand. This led her to discern a Dominican vocation and eventually to contemplative life in our monastery. Every year we celebrate Mother’s Day in honor of our Mother Prioress. The preceding weeks find the whole monastery humming with preparations: the embroidery machine is turning out new tabernacle curtains … Continue reading

Seeking the Lord with St. Mary Magdalen


Known as the Apostle to the Apostles for her role in bearing the news of Jesus’ Resurrection, St. Mary Magdalen is a patroness of the Order of Preachers.  As we ponder her story today through the readings at Holy Mass and in the Divine Office, we see her also as a model for us Dominican Nuns in persevering in our vocation to “Seek God,” and for those young women who are seeking His will for their lives. Upon my bed by night I sought him whom my soul loves; I sought him, but found him not; I called him, but he gave no answer. “I will rise now and go … Continue reading