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

Vocation Letters: Preparing to Receive the Habit

Are you wondering how our fictional postulant, Sister Melanie, is doing?  She won’t be a postulant much longer!  Below is the latest update in our Vocation Letters series. Ave + Maria Dear Mom, Dad, Zach, Josh, and Tessa, Praised be Jesus Christ—now and forever! I have such good news for you: I have been accepted to receive the habit and begin my novitiate on August 22, the feast of the Queenship of Our Lady! The past month or so has been a time of evaluation. How have I been doing in the monastery, and do I want to go ahead to the next step? My answer to this: Yes! What … Continue reading

The Marian Heart of the Apostolic Life

Image of Mary and the Apostles at Pentecost by Fra Angelico

The Dominican Friars live an apostolic life inspired by the common life and preaching of the first Apostles.  As cloistered Dominican Nuns, we look to Mary, Queen of Apostles, to exemplify for us a life of prayer and contemplation at the heart of the Holy Preaching of both the Order and the Church. It was through Our Lady’s fiat that the Word became flesh, and through her prayer in the midst of the Apostles that He sent the Holy Spirit upon the Church.  In a similar way, our fidelity to God’s call and attentiveness to His Word enables Him to become present in the world, and our life of prayer … Continue reading

Mary, Mother of our Order and of our Saints

The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Dominican Order

Before St. Dominic founded the Order of Preachers, several men experienced a similar vision. One of them recounts: Once I was caught up in ecstasy for three days and three nights and saw our Lady Mary Mother of God kneeling with her hands joined and begging her Son to wait for the human race to do penance. He put His faithful Mother off many times, but finally answered: ‘My Mother, what more can or should I do for the world? I have sent them prophets and patriarchs for their salvation and they did little to reform; I came Myself and sent out apostles, and these evil people killed Me and … Continue reading