The Conclusion of One Chapter and Beginning of Another

The day has come – tomorrow I enter!  I must confess, I’ve put off this post, because I wasn’t sure what to say.  So many thoughts and feelings… Gratitude and joy, first and foremost, to God for granting me the grace to take these steps across the cloister threshold, and for those He has brought […]

Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy!

It’s the update we’ve been waiting for and I hope you will share my joy  – I am free to enter formation at Corpus Christi Monastery‼  Thanks to the prayers and support of many, and in particular for The Labouré Society and those who generously support their work, my student loans are now resolved and […]

So Close!

It’s been very busy these past few months, and the last two weeks have been very exciting!  God is doing some amazing things and I am so excited to be able to share them with you!  We are within striking distance of reaching the fundraising goal I need to achieve for this to be my […]

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 […]

Corpus Christi

When I first started discerning religious life and corresponding with the nuns at Corpus Christi Monastery, it was all new and exciting and a bit nerve-wracking at the same time.  When I returned from my first visit, I was head over heels and had such peace about where things were going, though I still intended to […]

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 […]

This Christmas

This could be it.  My last Christmas home, with my family.  As the desire to become a Dominican cloistered nun has grown over the last few years, this is the thought that is ever in my mind each year, and this year was no different.  After fundraising in support of vocations for The Laboure Society […]

Bay Area Trip Recap

Last weekend, I went on a whirlwind trip to the Bay area!  My primary purpose: to share my vocation story as an example of vocations at risk of delay or being lost due to education loans, and to invite people to foster those vocations by supporting The Labouré Society.  For those who were praying for […]

Childlike Confidence

I love watching children.  No one can remind me of profound truths like my nieces and nephews.  They see the world with great simplicity and wonder and have such confidence in their parents.  Seeing a mother or father interact with their child is beautiful.  Yes, I realize children are not angels, but what is amazing to […]

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!