Vocation Retreat 2016: The Heart of the Dominican Vocation

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

Vocation Retreat: June 3-5, 2016

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

A New Habit and a New Name

Dominican Novice

The Dominican Nuns joyfully announce the vestition of their postulant, Sister Chelsea, on January 25, the feast of the Conversion of St. Paul. In a simple ceremony marking the beginning of her canonical novitiate, Sister Chelsea received the holy habit of the Dominican Order, and her new religious name: Sister Mary Rose of the Pure Heart, O.P. (The “Rose” in her name is for Our Lady, Mystical Rose.) Please keep Sister Mary Rose in your prayers as she sets out on this new stage of her Dominican vocation, that she may fulfill the words from the ceremony’s concluding prayer: “May you apply yourself assiduously to following our Holy Father St. … 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

Vocation Retreat 2014: Silence for the Word

Dominican nuns speak to young women vocation retreatants.

Our Vocation Retreat last weekend went very well.  Seven high school and college age young women traveled from Louisiana, North and South Carolina, and Ohio to attend—one even drove all the way from Wisconsin!  Each sought to answer two questions: What is the vocation of a cloistered Dominican nun? Is it God’s will for me? We spoke to the young women about the desire for God which draws us here, and about the perfect love—in union with Christ for the salvation of souls—to which our vocation tends.  By attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and chanting the Divine Office in Latin and English along with us, the retreatants experienced … Continue reading