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

Presentation of Mary

Illustration of Mary's Presentation in the Temple

Today is the prelude of the magnificence of God and the first proclamation of salvation; for in the temple of God, the Virgin appears in all her beauty and announces the coming of Christ. Therefore let us cry to her with all our strength: “Hail, fulfillment of the plan of redemption of our Creator!” The temple of the most pure of the Savior, the bridal chamber most precious, the Virgin, Sacred Treasury of the glory of God, enters today into the Temple of the Lord, bringing with her the grace of the Holy Spirit; therefore the angels of God sing to her: “This is the heavenly tabernacle!” Troparion and Kontakion … Continue reading