Last Saturday, we hosted an amazing group of young women for a “Come-and-See” Day, which was also the feast of St. Agnes, virgin and martyr AND we closed the 800th Year of Jubilee for the Order of Preachers. A beautiful triple celebration!
“This was a wonderful experience,” shared one attendee. “My heart was filled with joy seeing all of you truly and genuinely happy… I want to thank you for being part of my discernment. Today was a lovely day!”
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 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 (including its place in the Church), and what makes cloistered Dominican life different from other Orders and its place in the Order of Preachers.
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 prayer in the chapel and the day ends with Vespers and Benediction.
If you, or someone you know, missed the last “Come and See” Day, we have two more scheduled for 2017: July 15th and 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!