800th Jubilee – Dominican Rosary Meditations and Plenary Indulgence


Over 800 years ago our Holy Father St. Dominic began his life work, gathering men around him to preach God’s Truth for the salvation of souls after the example of the apostles.  As the “holy preaching” grew by the grace of God, St. Dominic saw the need for universal approval to free his brethren to preach the Word not only in one diocese but wherever needed in the Church.  In 1216, he obtained the desired approval from Pope Honorius III.  From November 7, 2016 to January 21, 2017, the Order of Preachers celebrates the 800th Jubilee (Anniversary) of this great event. Among the first fruits of St. Dominic’s holy preaching … Continue reading

Blessed Feast of St. Jude

Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Jude (and St. Simon)–a Solemnity for us, since St. Jude is our patron.  In addition to our Perpetual Novena to St. Jude, we observe a special nine-day Novena in preparation for his Feast Day.  We keep all of you in our prayers as we offer our novena for the intentions of our friends, relatives, and benefactors, and all who call on us and on St. Jude for our intercession in their needs.  On this great feast may God hear and answer our prayers through the intercession of the Apostle St. Jude. … Continue reading

Vocation Letters: Sister’s Vestition

Cartoon of Sister Rosaria receiving the Dominican Habit

At last, our fictional postulant Sister Melanie has become our fictional novice Sister Mary Rosaria of Divine Mercy.  In this Vocation Letter she shares the story of her vestition with her grandmother.  The year of postulancy is a year of seeking to become part of the community—”postulare” is the Latin for “to request.”  Receiving the habit—Vestition—is a sign of reception into the Dominican Order, but not of consecration, which occurs through profession. Ave + Maria Dear Grandma, Prayerful greetings during this month of the Holy Rosary!  I hope you are doing well.  I celebrated my very first feast day in the monastery last week on the feast of Our Lady … Continue reading

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