Monday, December 31, 2012

Mother of God / Day of Peace

January 1 is the feast of Mary, Mother of God. This is the most sublime title we can give to this lovely creature who is the finest example of what the human race was meant to be. Because she was chosen to give birth to God come in the flesh, she was preserved from all stain of sin from the first moment of her conception in the womb of St. Anne. This meant that she was free to put all her energy into cooperating with God and thus acquiring more and more grace and virtue. 

Mary was the Mother of the human Christ, but because He was eternally united with the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, she is also the Mother of God. However it is a bit breathtaking to read in Scripture that “anyone who does the will of my Father is my brother, and sister, and mother” (Matt 12:50). We can bring Christ to birth in our souls. But this is not easy. Mary suffered much in carrying to term her baby Jesus. She endured the sarcastic remarks of her villagers who whispered about this child conceived out of wedlock. Even Joseph at first did not understand. She had to leave the preparations made in her home to travel to Bethlehem at the demand of the government. And this when she was almost nine months pregnant. To ride on a donkey for a week of travel would not be easy even for a woman in tip top physical shape, but for one ready to give birth it must have been incredibly difficult and painful. And it was in the dead of winter. It was cold, rainy, muddy, not much to eat, no comfortable bed to rest in at night. And when they arrived they were refused shelter in the local inn. Her Baby was brought forth in a stable amid the animals. No, it was not easy to be the Mother of Jesus. And it will not be easy for us to bring forth Christ in our lives. But it is worth every minute of discomfort, pain, rejection by those who don’t believe. The joy of knowing the Christ within will wipe away every memory of pain. 

January 1 is also World Day of Peace. Peace in this sad world is something that all of us long for and hope for and pray for. It is a big prayer for a big intention. None of us is able alone to bring about peace on a worldwide scale. But we can each create a little puddle of peace around us. Let us start with those at home - spouse, children, parents, extended family. Then spread to the workplace - coworkers, managers, directors, supervisors. Because we are all human and belong to a fallen race, there are so many opportunities to create a tiny bit of peace. Without becoming door mats, we can overlook little digs, restrain an angry reproof, respond instead of react, let the little things pass and save the ones that must be dealt with for a time when we can speak calmly and respectfully. These little puddles of peace will multiply and spread. Soon there will be real ponds of peace, and hopefully as these ponds grow, there will be lakes and eventually oceans of peace. 

May peace be with you and around you in the New Year of 2013.

Monday, December 24, 2012

Blessed and Happy Christmas to All

Our beautiful Christmas cards, lovely lullaby hymns, and Christmas pageants can sometimes give an inaccurate impression of what really happened.  When Jesus came into the world on that first Christmas it was not in a camera-ready Christmas card setting with a clean, neat bed and all the people in their proper places, knowing what to do and when. 

Think of the reality of the situation. Mary, in the last days of her pregnancy, put aside all her preparations for the coming of her Baby to make the long hard trip to Bethlehem which she believed God wanted of her. Travel is never easy, even in our day. For instance, anyone who has made a long journey by plane is doing it the easy way, compared to the Holy Family and their mode of travel. But we know that there is packing – choosing what you can take and what would exceed the weight limits. A revised estimate of what is absolutely necessary quickly dawns on you. Then there is the rush to meet the plane, the hassles with luggage and tickets, finding the right boarding gate, elbowing your way through the noisy crowds, arguing over seating arrangements, making do with skimpy means en route. Sleep is hard to come by, taken in cat naps on uncomfortable chairs in planes or waiting rooms of airports, trying to hold on to your few worldly possessions lest they be snatched while you doze. The fatigue builds up until you are ready to drop. Everything is unfamiliar, uncertain, unready. 

Now as we said, that is the easy way. It was far worse for the Holy Family. Poor Joseph tried his best to smooth the way for Mary but he was not understood by his countrymen. Mary and Joseph probably heard things like, “What do you mean coming out in this cold weather in your condition? You ought to be home preparing for your child. What kind of father are you? The law does not oblige you to drag your wife along for the census. Are you crazy?” But it was under exactly these conditions that Mary brought Jesus into this world.

Yes, it was exhausting, draining, unpleasant, but down deep there was extreme joy. For Mary and Joseph it was all worth it, to bring into this weary world the Savior which mankind had expected for centuries. To hear the story of the poor shepherds who related how the angels had sung in the skies to announce the birth of this little Baby. To be able to use the little strength and resources they had to support the life of the Creator of the World. What glory! What an honor!

When we experience fatigue, stress, misunderstandings, complications, pain, we can look to the Jesus, Mary and Joseph who understand all these things from their own experience. They will help us to ‘hang in there’ and look below the surface. There we will appreciate the privilege of being part of this magnificent plan of God. 

Today the Holy Family can again be seen in our midst. Each time we notice an exhausted mother, a stressed father, a child in need, we can look into their face and rejoice in the honor of serving Jesus in disguise.

May the holy and blessed season of Christmas bring many graces and joys to each of our families and friends. 

Saturday, December 15, 2012


As we enter deeper into our Advent journey, we begin to understand more fully the exciting reality of the presence of God in our lives. In preparing for the great feast of Christmas we look at our lives to see how we can empty some of the harmful or unnecessary clutter we find there, in order to make room for Christ who wants to fill our souls. 

By purifying our minds and hearts in this way we also prepare ourselves for the final coming of Christ which will be for each of us, the moment of our death. 

Meanwhile we notice more and more that He is with us in all the little events of our daily life. Did He, Himself, not say, “I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.”(Mat 28:20) And that means NOW, even at this very moment. He is with us to console us, to strengthen us, to teach us the right way. 

It’s easier to be aware of Him when it is a matter of joy, success, pleasure. But even in moments of fear, frustration, or suffering, we can come to understand that particular pain as His gentle tap on the shoulder, saying, “I am with you.”

In the joys and frustrations of our Christmas preparations, whether we are cleaning or cooking, decorating or driving, buying or selling, we only have to say, “Lord, please help me with this.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Our Lady of Guadalupe

A feast day especially dear to us in the Americas is that of Our Lady of Guadalupe on December 12.  On a cold December morning in 1531, the poor peasant Juan Diego was hurrying from his home near what is now Mexico City to attend Mass in a neighboring village. He was stopped in his journey by heavenly music and then the voice of a young woman speaking to him from Tepeyac hill. She identified herself as the all holy virgin Mother of God, and asked Juan to request from the Bishop that a shrine be built in her honor on the hill of Tepeyac. The bishop, although a holy man himself had doubts about the story of the middle aged peasant who spoke to him, and asked for a sign to prove that it was really the Mother of God who made this request.

When Juan Diego returned to the hill a few days later, and repeated the Bishop’s request for a sign, the Lady told him to pick the beautiful Castilian roses from the top of the hill and take them to the Bishop. Collecting them in his tilma, he returned to the Lady who rearranged them to her satisfaction and told Juan to present them to the Bishop for her. Since this was the coldest part of winter and no flowers could possibly have been growing there, surely the Bishop would admit that they were miraculous. 

However when Juan Diego unfolded his tilma in the presence of the Bishop, and the roses fell to the ground, the image of Mary Mother of God was imprinted on the cloth and it was evident that this miracle was greater than that of the roses. Eventually the shrine was built as Our Lady had asked and this became the renowned shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. The devotion spread from the Mexican people to those of the United States and she is well known to all in our country and loved as our own American patroness. 

The black ribbon that Mary wears around her waist in the image is the Aztec maternity belt which shows that she is pregnant. For this reason, besides being Patroness of the Americas, she has become the Protectress of unborn children, and of the Pro Life movement.

Mary told us through Juan Diego that she is our Mother and that she holds us in the folding of her arms. By turning to her and trusting in her help, we can, without fear or worry, face the difficult issues in each of our lives. She is eager to pour out many blessings on us and just wants us to come to her and ask. 

Friday, December 7, 2012

Immaculate Conception

The feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8 is one of the great holy days of the Catholic Church in every country. And yet it is very special in our United States of America because Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of our country.

The magnificent National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C. displays the unity of our Church in America to all who visit there. The beautiful chapels to Our Lady show her as honored by the many different ethnic groups that make up our land. But we all come together to speak our devoted love to one and the same Mother - Mother of God and our Mother. As each wave of immigrants came to America they brought with them the devotion to Mary as it was expressed in their homeland. Each enriched the honor of Our Lady by adding a different ‘tone’, and thus we have the grand and glorious hymn in architecture, painting, sculpture, music, prayers, customs, and traditions which make up that Basilica and also devotion to Our Lady in all the churches and homes of the land.

We honor Mary under the title of the Immaculate Conception because, as the poet Wordsworth says, she is “our tainted nature’s solitary boast”. She alone, of all the human race, was conceived and born with absolutely no trace of selfishness, pride, greed, lust, anger, or any of the other dark powers that weigh us down and often block our path on our earthly pilgrimage. She is our model, our protector, our inspiration in the struggles we meet in daily life. But besides guiding each of us as individuals, she watches over our country as a whole. This is not a political guardianship, but a spiritual one. If we are open to her teaching she will guide us to making the right decisions which will be for the common good and therefore for the individual good too. A holy nation is a happy nation and Mary is willing and able to lead us to that goal if only we ask her help and carry out her instructions.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Advent Begins

The word Advent has been translated as “The Coming”: God’s coming into the world. Sometimes it refers to His coming at Christmas and sometimes to His Final coming on the Day of Judgement. But the literal meaning of Advent is “He Comes” (venit), with the addition of “ad” meaning to or toward.

He doesn’t just come in an abstract sort of way, somewhere. This is His personal coming to me and to you. He comes toward us. He advances slowly, cautiously, gently, patiently, lovingly. He doesn’t want to frighten us or make us anxious. He doesn’t overpower us or hurry us or force Himself on us. He knocks on the door of our heart ever so softly, while begging and pleading with us to open to Him, accept His gift of love, and respond with the love of our hearts for Him.

We get so busy, distracted and preoccupied that we don’t even notice His approach and are not aware of His knock. But if we just make the effort to be alert, we will find Him in every moment of our lives. When someone comes asking a moment of our time, it is the Lord in disguise. When we see someone suffering, discouraged, sad or lonely, in his or her face we will see the Lord asking for a supporting word or smile. When things are not going as we had hoped, our plans fail, our projects do not work, our usual routine is blocked, let us trust the loving Providence of our God who knows that this success is not good for us, or not good for us at this time. When things do go as planned, see His enabling hand pulling all factors together at the right time to work for our best good.

As we begin this Advent season, let us listen for His knock, watch for His face, be alert to His working in our lives. May we be aware of His coming to us.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Christ the King

The last Sunday of the Liturgical Year is celebrated as the feast of Christ the King. Before we begin the new ecclesiastical year with the first Sunday of Advent, we gather up in one glorious pean of gratitude, the memory of all the blessings that our loving Lord has bestowed on us, and praise Him for His greatness, wisdom, power, and beauty.

People who live in a country ruled by a monarchy probably have an easier time relating to this feast than we do. In our democratic society even our highest ranking officials are just ordinary men and women who happen, this year, to be in a position of authority. But where a nation is governed by a king, the people look on their monarch as somewhat different. He was born to rule. He has that right by birth, by his blood line. He is expected to be wise, moral, kind, a good example to his people.

So we have to really work at conceiving the notion of a perfect ruler. As we think of all the good qualities he should have we must imagine someone infinitely more majestic and perfect, more powerful, wise, beautiful, loving. Then we begin to get a sense of Christ the King.

When an earthly king is in his throne room or audience hall he, and his queen beside him, follow all the proper protocol. Words and gestures are all planned and the script followed exactly. It is a glorious time with their people and the royal couple enjoy it as much as do their subjects. However back in the privacy of their apartments they enjoy the freedom of spontaneous intimacy and love.

So too, we thrill to be with our Lord and King, Jesus, in the beautiful celebration of the Liturgy when we join in praising and thanking Him through music, flowers, incense, scripture readings and homilies. Then we have our private prayer time when we speak heart to heart, tell Him of our love, receive His love, ask for favors and offer ourselves to His service. Let us not miss these moments of intimacy and love for this is what we were created for.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012


“Where are the other nine?” (Luke 17:18)

When the ten lepers came to Jesus asking to be made clean, they were sincere in their belief that He was powerful and kind and He could and would do this for them. It was something they REALLY wanted and they pleaded with Him in their loudest most convincing voice.

Then as they went to the priests and found themselves clean they rejoiced with heart and voice. They probably danced in the road, and singing joyfully went to show their families and friends the wonderful miracle.

When parents give a delightful gift to their child, the little one becomes so excited and happy, ripping off the paper and ribbons, opening the box, and giving a whoop of delight when he/she sees the gift, assembles it, tries it out, has fun with it. There is intense pleasure for parents in seeing this happiness in their children and knowing they were able to provide the delight. But the high point in this relationship is when the child runs to his father, throws his arms around them and says from his heart, “Gee, thanks Dad!” That is when there is intimacy and bonding.

This is what was missing in “the other nine”. Jesus did not regret curing them. He was happy that they were enjoying good health, but He missed that intimate moment of gratitude.

How often we get caught up in enjoying the gifts God has given us. They keep us very busy. We value them. They are precious to us. Whether it is a bowl of hot soup on a cold day, or a medical test that says ‘all clear’, or a son or daughter who comes off drugs, or a reconciliation that we thought was impossible, or a realization of our gift of Faith, or the ultimate gift of Holy Communion. Our tender God loves to see us happy, but He would like to be part of our conscious joy. How wonderful to have a whole day set aside for this type of deepening our personal relationship with God and our dear ones. Let us spend some time throwing ourselves into His arms and saying, “Thank you Lord!”

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

St Albert, My Brother

The Dominican Order is justly proud of its famous Saint Albert the Great. This illustrious teacher and Doctor of the Church was born about the same time that St. Dominic was founding his new Order of Preachers. After studying in Padua and in Paris, Albert joined this new Dominican Order. However, although he was a whiz at all the physical sciences, he found the abstract disciplines very difficult. In fact, legend has it that he became so discouraged at one point in his studies that he decided to leave the Order. As he was preparing to flee, Our Blessed Mother appeared to him and told him not to fear, that she would help him. This gave him the courage to go on, but she also told him that before he died, this gift would be withdrawn as a sign that it was all from her. And so it happened. Shortly before his death, in the very midst of a lecture, he suddenly lost his train of thought and his memory, and he related to the Brothers that this is what Our Lady told him would happen.

As Albert became a teacher in the Order, one of his students was the future St. Thomas Aquinas. It is said that Thomas was a very quiet young man, giving the impression to his fellow students that he was not very intelligent. However Albert knew him better and told Thomas’ classmates, “You call him a ‘Dumb Ox’, but I tell you, his bellowing will be heard around the world.”

Albert was known as the ‘teacher of everything there is to know’. He left us many writings on logic, music, philosophy and theology. One of his deep studies was the writings of the Philosopher, Aristotle, which he was able to use in Christian teachings.  But the physical sciences were among Albert’s favorite subjects. Research and experimentation in every field ( which gave him the reputation of being a wizard and a magician) led to writing treatises on almost every branch of science. It is even said that he drew a plan for a ‘flying machine’ that was way before its time but would have really worked had they been able to build it. He studied and wrote about trees, flowers, and leaves, stars and planets, rocks and soils, chemical compounds, animals of every kind, as well as birds, fish, and insects. Albert was convinced that all creation speaks to us of God, and the tiniest bit of scientific knowledge tells us about Him.

The Pope named Albert Bishop of Ratisbon (now Regensburg) in Germany, and asked him to undertake a reform of the abuses in the diocese. He worked at it for three years but finally considered himself a failure in this effort because he was not able to convince the clergy to cooperate with the changes he felt necessary. He submitted his resignation to the Holy Father who accepted it, and then he was free to return to his Dominican life of study and teaching, but often accepted episcopal duties such as administering the Sacrament of Confirmation or consecrating altars.

What makes Albert so appealing, so human, so understanding, is that he struggled in so many areas of his own life. Study of abstract sciences was hard for him as he began his novitiate, later in life, try as he did, he could not convince the priests of his diocese to help in the reform that the Pope was asking for. Brilliant as a teacher and writer, a man with warm and deep friendships with his brethren, he was still one who saw himself as a failure in some areas of his life, and therefore he will surely know what I mean when I tell him about my own struggles, weaknesses and shortcomings. I can go to him as to a big brother and count on his prayers whenever I meet obstacles in my journey to God.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


A week after the feast of All Saints, our Dominican Order has a special feast to remember and honor all those of our Dominican Family who have joined our ‘Foundation’ in Heaven. On  November 7 we celebrate the feast of All the Saints of the Dominican Order. This is a chance for us to remember, not only the canonized members of the Order like St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Rose of Lima, and St. Martin de Porres, but also the many lesser known Brothers and Sisters who are now singing with the choirs of Angels.

We remember with love and tenderness, especially those we have lived with, who have fought the good fight and won an everlasting crown. There are those we sat next to in choir, those we loved for their humor, their kindness, their helpful ways, but also those we had a hard time getting along with, who sang off key, who were forever late for dinner, who did not understand the new technology and so always needed help. These shortcomings kept them humble and accepting of pain and inconvenience in reparation for their faults. But their love of God and neighbor brought them through and found them a place under Our Lady’s mantle.

At this time we also remember our confessors, teachers, prayer partners and friends who were part of the Order. There are parents and grandparents who belonged to the Dominican Laity. There are Dominican Sisters who taught us in school or nursed us in hospitals. There are Dominican priests in our parish who counseled us along the way. And so many others.

We rejoice as we remember them all. May we one day gather together again in the beautiful courts of Heaven where Our Blessed Mother is reserving a place for each of us.

Thursday, November 1, 2012


On November First, we, with all the Church, celebrate the feast of All Saints. This is a glorious occasion and you can almost hear Heaven erupting in songs of praise to God for so many examples of successful lives on earth.

It is delightful to remember that this is not the feast of just the BIG saints like St. Peter, St. Dominic, St. Catherine of Siena, and so many others who are on the list of canonized members of our human race. Each of these holy people have their own feast day when we celebrate their life in the Lord. However on this day it is a joy to celebrate the ‘little’ people who do not have a special day called their own feast.

There are so many of these who have now taken their place inside the Golden Gates of Heaven. I can think of the single parent who raised the children in faithfulness and love without thought about their own hardships and suffering. There is the old uncle who took his Catholic wife to Church every Sunday but could not bring himself to be baptized - until he was in his last illness and asked for the Sacrament, going off to heaven in his baptismal purity. Then there are so many little children who die in the state of innocence before they have learned to sin. We all know many of these people as our teachers, mentors, neighbors, relatives, friends.

On this day, so joyful in heaven and on earth, think back to those whom you knew and admired. They are still aware of you and are praying for you. Talk to them and share your hopes and fears, sadness and joy, plans and projects. They will be happy to help you. And thank our loving God who placed each one in our path of life.

Monday, October 22, 2012

To Believe

In this year of Faith, it is a good idea to take a new look at the Catechism of the Catholic Church to renew and deepen our understanding of the truths we live by.

In the very first paragraph of Part One of Section One the Catechism poses a leading challenge: "we must first ask what ‘to believe’ means." This can lead to days and weeks of musing on the topic.

We believe that the red stop light will turn green when it will be safe to go forward. I don’t understand how it works, but I know that it does work.

We believe in electricity. I don’t understand how or why, but when I plug in a lamp I know it is going to light. I depend on it to the extent that I don’t carry a candle to light the room "just in case".

I believe my doctor when he tells me that a certain medication or treatment will cure my illness. But the only thing I can base that belief on is the certificate hanging on his wall.

Little children believe their parents in everything they don’t understand - just because "Daddy or Mommy said so".

I accept much of what I read, but with a reservation concerning things I have previously learned. In this area I don’t believe everything I read.

I believe IN God because He has given me the gift of Faith and He shows Himself in so many ways in nature, and in the circumstances of daily life.

I believe God when He speaks in Scripture and in the Church because there He reveals Himself through the gift of Faith.

To believe is to be as sure as if I could prove it myself; to act with complete confidence, sure that this is the right thing to do; to have peace in doing it even if results are not what I had hoped.

When I believe IN God, I trust all He has revealed, simply because He is all truth and cannot deceive.

Our dear friend, Fr. Miguel Marie Soeherman, MFVA of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word has graciously created two reading lists with selections from the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Vatican II documents to help us Christians renew and strengthen our faith.  We encourage you to check them out!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Blessings on our New Leadership Team!

The Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery, Menlo Park, California
joyfully announce our new leadership team.
Recent community elections put in place the officers of the monastery who will serve for the next three years.
Prioress - Sister Maria Christine of the Cross, OP
Sub-Prioress - Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, OP
Novice Mistress - Sister Joseph Marie of the Child Jesus, OP
First Councillor - Sister Mary of the Holy Family, OP
Second Councillor - Sister Maura of the Holy Spirit, OP
May the Holy Spirit be with them to guide them in leading our community through the exciting challenges and opportunities of this era.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Wrapping Up the General Assembly

Fr Bruno Cadore OP, Master of the Order, opens the door to the future for the nuns

The newly elected council, from left to right: Sr Mary Catharine of Summit, NJ;
Sr Mary Thomas of Farmington Hills, MI; Sr Mary Rose of Lufkin, TX;
Sr Anna Marie of Elmira, NY; and Sr Maria Christine of Menlo Park, CA.  

The Nuns attending the General Assembly with the Master of the Order

Friday, September 21, 2012

Dominican Cloistered Nuns at their General Assembly

Please pray for our Sisters who are participating at our General Assembly of the Association of the Monasteries of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers in Springfield, IL, and for the guidance of the Holy Spirit on all their deliberations.

Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP gives retreat reflection

Nuns listening to retreat reflection 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Pilgrim Virgin

On the eve of the anniversary of the consecration of our chapel, the statue of our Lady of Fatima visited our chapel in the company of Msgr Otellini, the clergy and a very large congregation of Nativity parish. After the Mass in their church, they came in candlelight procession praying the rosary. The ceremony was concluded by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

The Pilgrim Virgin

Nativity parish accompanied the Pilgrim Virgin to our chapel

The children were the honor guard for our Lady

The Nuns venerated the statue

Sunday, September 9, 2012

A Visit With One of Our Aspirants

Tara Clemens
This week, we welcomed back one of our aspirants, Tara Clemens, for a short visit.  Tara completed her aspirancy (month-long stay inside the cloister) and was accepted to enter postulancy in 2010, pending resolution of her educational loans.  Currently, she is working full-time and is an aspirant with The Labouré Society, a nonprofit organization that fosters vocations to the priesthood and religious life.  The Laburé Society has helped over 230 young men and women enter formation through the resolution of their educational loans.   We had a wonderful time catching up, hearing stories about life in Alaska, and sharing what has been happening here in the cloister. 

Community visit with Tara

Tara will be returning in October for another short visit.  During that visit, she will also be meeting with local Serra Club members and others in the community to share her vocation story and invite others to support vocations like hers through prayers and financial support of Labouré Society.  If you want to know more about Tara and her vocation journey, she keeps a blog, “Truth inLove”. You can also learn more about The LabouréSociety and their current aspirant class by clicking this link.
Please pray for Tara and all our aspirants, and for those that God is calling to Dominican cloistered life, that God would grant them the grace to persevere in their vocations.    

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Congratulations to Our Dominican Brothers!

Congratulations to our Dominican Brothers, Br. Andrew Dominic Yang, Br. Cody Jorgensen, Br. Thomas Aquinas Pickett and Br. Andy Opsahl, for making their First Profession.

More pictures can be viewed at our western province's website.

Congratulations to our new novice Brothers, Br.Gregory Augustine (Jack Liu), Br. Thomas (Tom Sundaram), Br. Matthew (Mason Peddemors), Br. Augustine Guadalupe (Brendon Ford), Br. Jonathan (Brannon Lepak), Br. Pius (Pius Youn).

May St Dominic, our holy father, help you in your formation and obtain graces for your perseverance to be holy Dominicans. Mary, Patroness of our Order, pray for us!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Departed Friends of the Order

Among the events which will be celebrated in the coming weeks, we begin with the very special commemoration of all the deceased friends and benefactors of the Dominican Order.
On September 5, throughout the world we join with the friars, nuns, sisters and Dominican Laity in praying for the happy repose of all those who make our life possible. In our monastery each week we remember the benefactors of our community, but on September 5 each year we make it a world-wide commemoration with a special Mass in each community for the eternal happiness of our friends.  May they rest in peace.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Gratitude - Altar Breads and Technology!

The monastery’s Altar Bread Department is very happy and pleased to inform our readers that our monastery has finally (somewhat) caught up with the 21st Century technology!

After many months of hard work in begging for financial assistance (we are a mendicant Order,) procuring new computers and printers, and configuring the system to meet our business needs, we finally went ‘live’ with a new Sales/Accounting system called Quickbooks!
The monastery is self-supporting.  Since the beginning of our foundation, God’s providence has been providing for us through the generosity of the people of God and through the loyal support of our faithful customers. 

Our old computer
We would like to send our heartfelt gratitude to all our benefactors who made this technology upgrade possible by sharing with us their financial resources in this difficult economy.  A special thanks to our computer consultant, Paul Hugo, who generously donated his time and God-given talents and expertise to help us.  Paul has patiently spent endless hours and many late afternoons locked up behind these cloister walls to help us in configuring the new system and transferring data from our old DOS application so that we could better serve our customers with their individual specific needs.

May our Holy Father St. Dominic and the great St. Joseph, whom we chose as Patron for the Altar Bread department, bless each of you for your kindness to the nuns.  As our late Holy Father Blessed John Paul II said: The Church’s journey is entrusted to the loving hearts and praying hands of cloistered nuns; so we thank our Dominican friars, benefactors and our customers for sharing in our mission by their generous and loyal support.

If you, your parish or someone you know would like to join in our mission by purchasing our hosts, please contact the altar bread department at
or call us at (650) 322-1801 ext. 34
Deo Gratias!