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Wait, You Travel?!

When you enter the cloister, it is true that you don’t get out and about like you used to.  But that doesn’t mean you never, ever leave.  The church recognizes there are times and needs that arise when a cloistered nun may be required to travel.  Most often, it is to the doctor’s or dentist’s office.  But sometimes, your role in the community, or within the Dominican Order, requires longer trips.

Our novice mistress, Sister Joseph Marie, O.P., recently traveled to the meeting of novice mistresses for the North American Association of Dominican Monasteries, hosted this year by our motherhouse, Corpus Christi Monastery in Bronx, New York.  Also joining the novice mistresses was the Religious Friar Consultant for the Association, Father Walter Wagner, O.P.  These meetings provide an opportunity for the novice mistresses to get to know one another, ask questions, share information, pray together and support each other in their tremendous responsibility of the formation of the next generation of Dominican nuns.  The connections they make during these meetings and what they learn are invaluable as they return to their respective communities and the joys and challenges of formation, and they are better equipped with a network of resources and others to whom they can turn when they have need.

From left to right: Sr. Mary Angela (Los Angeles CA); Sr. Mary Jordan (Marbury AL); Sr. Joseph Maria (Summit NJ); Sr. Joseph Marie (Menlo Park CA); Sr. Mary Rani (Farmington Hills MI); Sr. Mary Rose (Lufkin TX); Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart (Bronx NY); Sr. Emmanuella, (Springfield IL); Sr. Isabelle (Squamish, BC, Canada); Sr. Maria Pia (Bronx NY); and Fr. Walter Wagner, OP (NYC)

Today is the perfect day to remember the novice masters and novice mistresses of our Order, for today Dominicans honor St. Louis Bertrand, patron saint of our formators.  St. Louis Bertrand belonged to the same family as St. Vincent Ferrer, who had lived two centuries earlier.  Growing up, Louis longed to follow in his famous relative’s footsteps and become a Dominican.  But, his father, a devout Christian, was adamantly against his giving up his inheritance to enter the mendicant order.  Louis tried to run away at the age of 15, but was recognized and brought back by a relative.  So, he bided his time, doing work around the Dominican priory, until he turned 18; then he left his family home and entered the Order.  Nonetheless, his trials did not end there.  He suffered with frail and poor health and barely made it through the novitiate.  With God’s grace and a determined will, he professed vows, was ordained a priest, and eventually sent on mission.  By the Sign of the Cross and the Rosary, he marked out a path of miracles and thousands of conversions, wherever he went.  Upon his return to Spain, he was made master of novices and inspired many young men with love of God and missionary zeal, until his death in 1581.

Please pray for our formators as they tirelessly serve their communities and the novitiate sisters.

St. Louis Bertrand, pray for us!