The Year of Consecrated Life

Year for Consecrated Life

On this beautiful Solemnity of Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception, a “Global Chain of Prayer” celebration is taking place in designated contemplative monasteries around the world, in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life.  The Dominican Nuns are represented by the Monasterio de Santa Catalina in Arequipa, Peru. The Year of Consecrated Life declared by Pope Francis began on the First Sunday of Advent, 2014, and will conclude on the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord, February 2, 2016. The celebration focuses on gratitude for the grace of God in the past, following Jesus more closely in the present, and looking with Him in hope toward the future. “The whole … Continue reading

Sister Mary Thomas’ First Profession

The Dominican Nuns joyfully announce the First Profession of Sister Mary Thomas of the Holy Name of Jesus, O.P., which took place on November 22, the feast of St. Cecilia. The Mass was a Dominican Rite Missa Cantata celebrated by Fr. Dominic Marie Langevin, O.P. The readings and chants for St. Cecilia could have been chosen just for a Profession ceremony.  “Audi filia, et vide, et inclina aurem tuam: quia concupivit rex speciem tuam: Hearken, O daughter, and see; turn thine ear: for the King desires thy beauty.” In his homily, Father compared the three years of Sister Mary Thomas’ temporary vows to the expectation of the wise virgins in … Continue reading

Praying for the Souls in Purgatory

Earlier this week we observed All Souls Day; today, November 8, we observe All Dominican Souls Day.  Especially during November, the month customarily dedicated to the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we encourage everyone to pray for the souls in Purgatory. Why Pray for the Souls in Purgatory? Our Catholic Faith teaches us: “Each man receives his eternal retribution in his immortal soul at the very moment of his death, in a particular judgment that refers his life to Christ: either entrance into the blessedness of heaven—through a purification [namely, Purgatory] or immediately,—or immediate and everlasting damnation” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1022). All who die in God’s grace and friendship, … Continue reading

A Novice Master’s Prerogative: The Story of Blessed Bernard of Moraas, O.P.

Cartoon illustration of Dominican novice master Bl. Bernard of Morass

Today is a festive day for the Sisters in the Novitiate, as they celebrate the feast of St. Louis Bertrand, O.P., patron saint of Dominican novice masters and novice mistresses.  Each year sees a joyous celebration of his feast day in honor of our Novice Mistress here at Marbury. There are many wonderful stories of St. Louis Bertrand worthy of their own post.  The story below, however, features not St. Louis Bertand himself, but Blessed Bernard of Moraas, a forerunner of his in the history of holy Dominican novice masters. A Novice Master’s Prerogative: A Dominican Saint Story There is scarcely a more beautiful story in the Chronicles of the … Continue reading

Eucharistic Rosary

Image of Eucharistic Adoration

For October, the month dedicated to the Holy Rosary, we would like to share a method of praying a “Eucharistic Rosary,” taken from an old Blue Army book. (The Blue Army, now known as the World Apostolate of Fatima, was founded in answer to Our Lady of Fatima’s request to pray the Rosary, especially for the conversion of Russia.) As Dominican nuns devoted to the Perpetual Rosary, we are continually praying the Rosary before Our Eucharistic Lord exposed for Adoration.  The Perpetual Rosary Sisters tradition calls this “the adoring rosary.”  Our original 1800’s Custom Book says: We thus study all the mysteries of Jesus under the veil of the Host which … Continue reading