Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

Daily Life

Daily Life in the Monastery

The whole life of the nuns is harmoniously ordered to preserving the continual remembrance of God (Constitution of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers #74 IV)

Our life of contemplation, work, and silence is a joyful, total self-giving for the salvation of the world. Our main focus is prayer. We chant the full Divine Office in Choir each day fulfilling what the psalmist has said: “Seven times a day I will praise Thee.”

Each Sister also spends an additional two hours each day in private prayer, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, and spiritual reading. This intercession of prayer extends beyond the monastery walls to all the corners of the world. While we live an enclosed life, this separation paradoxically opens our heart wider in love and concern for God’s people.

The public is welcome to join us for Mass each morning at 8:00 A.M. and for Vespers each evening at 5:00 P.M. In addition, our chapel is open every day from 7:00 A.M. until 5:30 P.M. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed for Adoration after Mass and those who wish may spend time in quiet prayer before the Blessed Sacrament.

Aside from prayer, there is manual work to be done – for example, cleaning, cooking, sewing, and the packaging and shipping of Altar Breads. Our life of contemplation, community prayer and work is balanced by a period of community recreation in the evening and free time for optional recreation in the afternoon.  Our monastic grounds provide ample space and suitable surroundings for both recreative activity and meditative walks.

We share the fruits of our contemplation through letters and parlor visits, and also through our artistic talents whether it be poetry, painting, photography, writing or gardening. Finally, keeping in mind our Holy Father Dominic’s quest for Truth, the nuns also engage in study as a form of prayer and monastic observance. The novitiate sisters have a plan of courses to study in formation such as Dominican history, Church history, Monasticism, Liturgy, the Vows, etc.  If you wish to know more about the Dominican monastic life, contact our Vocation Directress at: vocations@nunsmenlo.org

Monastic Horarium 

5:35     Matins & Lauds
6:45     Breakfast and Study
8:00    Mass, followed by Thanksgiving & Terce
9:00    Work or Class for Novitiate Sisters
11:30    Sext, Rosary, and Angelus
Noon   Dinner
12:30   Recreation (optional)
2:00     Profound Silence
3:00     None (Mid-Afternoon Prayer)
3:15      Work or Class for Novitiate Sisters
5:00     Vespers
5:30     Lectio Divina
6:00     Supper
7:00     Community Recreation
7:30     Compline and Profound Silence

“The solemn celebration of the liturgy is the heart of our whole life and the chief source of its unity”

Constitution of the Nuns of the Order of Preacher