Vocation Retreat 2016: The Heart of the Dominican Vocation

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Exploring a Dominican Vocation Eleven young women traveled from as close as Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Tennessee, and as far as Virginia, Ohio, Texas, and California to attend the Vocation Retreat on the weekend of June 3-5.  During their stay the girls experienced many aspects of our life, beginning with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Divine Office, silent prayer and Eucharistic Adoration, and the rosary and spirit of Marian devotion.  It was beautiful to see their joyful enthusiasm to be at our monastery, learn about our Dominican life, and draw closer to Our Lord. We spoke with the retreatants about God’s desire to share His life with us, … Continue reading

Eucharistic Adoration with Our Lady

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This meditation by St. Peter Julian Eymard seemed preeminently suitable for the feast of Corpus Christi during the month of Our Lady. Mary’s Prayer of Adoration Mary devoted herself exclusively to the Eucharistic glory of Jesus. She knew that it was the desire of the Eternal Father to make the Eucharist known, loved and served by all men; that the need of Jesus’ Heart was to communicate to all men His gifts of grace and glory.  She knew, too, that it was the mission of the Holy Spirit to extend and perfect in the hearts of men the reign of Jesus Christ, and that the Church had been founded only … Continue reading

Sounds of the Ascension at Marbury

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This year as we practiced the chants for the feast of the Ascension, a friend urged us to share the beauty of the chant.  Although we sing more than one of the chants for the Ascension, we only present one here: Viri Galilaei, the Offertorium (offertory chant) from the Dominican Graduale for the feast of the Ascension.  Other chants for the Ascension are the Officium (called the Introit in the Roman Rite) at the beginning of Mass, two Alleluias with accompanying verses, and the Communion antiphon. This is just a sample of what Mass sounds like here at Marbury, and of the kind of music the girls will hear on … Continue reading

Vocation Retreat: June 3-5, 2016

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Please share!  This summer we will again be holding a Vocation Retreat for young women interested in learning more about our community.  The retreat will be held the weekend of June 3-5, beginning 4:30 pm (Central) on Friday evening, and concluding at 11:00 am (Central) on Sunday morning. Who may attend? Single, practicing Catholic young women Age 16 (or 15 if a current sophomore in high school) through age 27 Interested in learning more about a vocation to the contemplative Dominican life at Marbury The retreatants say in the monastery guest quarters, outside the enclosure.  During the retreat, the young women hear talks on the religious vocation and the Dominican … Continue reading

These Souls! These Souls!

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Then Jesus said to all, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. What profit is there for a man to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself?”    -Luke 9:23-25 In commenting on this Gospel passage earlier this Lent, one of our priests cited a line from “A Man for All Seasons”.  When Richard Rich had just perjured himself against Sir Thomas More in exchange for the Attorney Generalship of Wales, the Saint says to … Continue reading