Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sisters and Brothers

We recently had a delightful visit with the Novice Brothers of the Western Dominican Province. Each year the Novice Master, Fr. Anthony Rosevear, OP, brings the new group of novices to visit with the nuns. We begin with singing the Office of Mid-Day Prayer together in the chapel, and this is followed by the recitation of the Rosary with one of the Brothers leading. Then they go to the visitor’s dining room for the lunch we have prepared for them, while we have our meal in the monastery refectory. After lunch the two groups come together in the parlor where we enjoy hearing about their experience of life in the novitiate and their plans for the Province tour which begins right after the March for Life. The novices and the nuns relate their vocation stories and we are all inspired and edified by the way grace has worked in the life of each one. Many and varied paths lead to religious life and each one is a wonderful gift of God. At the end of our visit each novice is given a prayer partner from the monastery. The nuns follow in spirit the young Dominicans on their journey in the footsteps of St. Dominic. 

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