Vocation Letters: Life as a Novice

After a hiatus of two years, we continue following the story of our fictional novice, Sister Mary Rosaria, taking up her life where we left her after her Vestition.  For the history of this series, see our Vocation Letters page. Ave + Maria Dear Mom, Joyful greetings as we close this month of the Holy Rosary!  I have been meaning to write you about my life as a novice, as I know you have been wondering how things have changed for me in the months following my Vestition (reception of the habit). I have found it to be a beautiful experience of entering more deeply into this vocation as a … 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

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

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

Vocation Letters: Living the Liturgical Year

Cartoon of Dominican Nuns holding letters ALLELUIA

This entry continues our series of “Vocation Letters” concerning our fictional postulant, Sister Melanie.  Here she tells her family how nuns live the liturgical year.  Sister Mary Magistra is our fictional Novice Mistress/Vocations Directress—”Magistra” means “lady teacher” in Latin. Ave + Maria Dear Mom, Dad, Josh, Zach, and Tessa, Joyful Eastertide greetings!  Christ is risen—indeed He is risen!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.  I was so thrilled to see all your letters in the bundle of mail Mother had saved up during Lent to give us at Easter. When I first was getting to know the Sisters, one of the older Sisters mentioned how intense the experience … Continue reading