Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

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We are Dominican Contemplative Nuns of the Order of Preachers, founded by st. Dominic in 1206. We are women who are deeply touched by the Transcendent in our lives and are intensely and continuously in search of intimate union with the Divine. At the same time, in imitating the life of our Holy Father St. Dominic who bore the sinners, the downtrodden and the afflicted in the compassion of his heart, we are sensitized to the anguish and needs of our world, and strongly believe that this kind of living for God alone will make a difference.

“Come and See”!

Last Saturday, we hosted an amazing group of young women for a “Come-and-See” Day.  “It is really a big step to help move forward in one’s life,” shared one attendee.

A Come and See Day is a great opportunity for young women to learn more about consecrated religious life, the Dominican Order and in particular about cloistered Dominican life.  Attendees follow our daily horarium, beginning with the daily Mass and the Divine Office.  Talks given by our nuns, priests, and friars fill the work/study periods in our schedule.  Topics range from how to know your vocation, what is consecrated life in general and cloistered life specifically (its dignity and its place in the Church), different aspects of consecrated life, such as the virtue of chastity, and what makes cloistered Dominican life different from other Orders and its place in the Order of Preachers.

Father David Schunk, S.T.L., vocation director for the Archdiocese of San Francisco gave our candidates guidance and many helpful tools for their discernment

Brother Michael James Rivera, O.P. gave a talk on the Virtue of Chasity

During our afternoon recreation, the community is available to visit in the parlor, sharing vocation stories and answering all kinds of questions about our life.  All this is taken to silent prayer in the chapel before our Eucharistic Lord and the day ends with Vespers and Benediction.

If you, or someone you know, missed the last “Come and See” Day, our next one is scheduled for October 21st.  For more information and to register, contact our vocations directress, Sister Joseph Marie, O.P.  You have nothing to lose, so what are you waiting for?

We also want to send out a big “thank you” to everyone who has been praying for these days and for the young women who attend them.  Keep praying – your prayers are and will continue to bear fruit!

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