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.