I Left My Heart in San Francisco…

It wasn’t that long ago I spent the first days of Lent inside the cloister at Corpus Christi Monastery.  As part of the discernment process, many cloistered communities have a required “live-in” period that a young woman must complete called an aspirancy.  The purpose is to give the young woman a little more insight and […]

What Joy!

St. Augustine once wrote, “To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement.”   It is with great joy that one of my fellow The Labouré Society aspirants from the Winter class crossed the cloister threshold and entered Bethlehem Monastery of […]

Women Religious

My community, the Dominican nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery (Menlo Park, CA) have just released a video (their first) on YouTube! When I first saw the video, I must confess, tears welled up.  For me, the pictures bring back memories of all my visits and my time inside the cloister for my aspirancy.  These women […]

A Divine Vocation

Why leave the world for a cloister?  What distinguishes a Dominican vocation?  This short video touches on these points and others through the eyes and experience of a 22-year old postulant and a 71-year old nun.  Highlighting some of the joys and challenges with a life consisting of “falling head-over-heels in love with Christ crucified, […]

Pictures from the Cloister

Between traveling and visits with and from family, June has flown by!  I finally had the opportunity to download pictures from my camera and thought I’d share some from my time at Corpus Christi Monastery last month.  Enjoy!

Pictures From Corpus Christi Monastery

The nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park, have posted a couple entries to their blog with pictures taken during the week I was there. As I look at them and reflect on my time there, I find myself smiling and looking forward to returning, God willing, soon. Harvesting! – Some of the orchard and […]

Thoughts While “Inside”

It is Wednesday, the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, and I’m already halfway through my visit at Corpus Christi Monastery. Of course, this won’t be posted until Monday at the earliest, as I am within the walls of the cloister and my internet connection is off (not that I mind). 🙂 I’ve had much […]

Long-Awaited Visit!

It was exactly one week ago I was flying a red-eye to visit The Laboure Society in Minnesota. At this moment, I am once again sitting in an airport in the wee hours of the morning, this time headed south to California! I am thrilled to be spending a week with the nuns at Corpus […]

Who Are the Nuns of the Order of Preachers?

     – From the Fundamental Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers The nuns of the Order of Preachers came into being when our holy father gathered women converts to the Catholic faith in the monastery of Blessed Mary of Prouille in 1206. These women, free for God alone, he associated with his […]