Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery


In Honor of the Solemnity of the Assumption…

Wishing you a blessed Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into heaven!

…our latest short: Bride of Christ, Daughter of Dominic.  Following Christ who ascended into heaven, living the life of Mary who was assumed into heaven, as Dominican nuns, we continually look toward our true eternal home and offer ourselves for the glory of God, the work of the Order and the salvation of souls.

Enjoy and God bless!



Want the Keys to the Mystery of Love and Relationships?

Everyone has a driving desire to love and to be loved.  So why do we seem to miss the mark so often?  We invite you to join us in discovering the keys to the mystery of love and relationships!  Beginning in September, the Dominican cloistered nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery and guest Jim Brady will be unraveling this mystery in a five-session series the second Saturday of the month.  Based on the groundbreaking “Love and Responsibility” by Karol Wojtyla (Saint John Paul II), some of the very practical, real-life relationship issues to be addressed include:

  • What makes a true friendship?
  • How does attraction lead to either selfless love or a relationship in which someone is being used?
  • How do I know if I am in a relationship of authentic love or just another relationship doomed to failure?
  • If everyone is made for spousal love, how is this desire reconciled with vocations to the priesthood, religious life or dedicated singlehood?

…and more!

Married with two children, Jim studied for two years at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California and holds a Master’s degree in Education.  He has been speaking and teaching with his trademark humor and enthusiasm for 35 years.  For the past ten years, he has focused on Saint John Paul II’s teachings on love and the mystery of the human person.  Saint John Paul II’s masterpiece of “Love and Responsibility” is based on his observations and pastoral experiences as a parish priest and is considered by many to be a precursor and essential to understanding his later body of work, the Theology of the Body.  Jim’s mission is to keep this extraordinary text at the forefront of the saint’s prolific works.

Mystery of Love: Unraveling Love and Relationships

Every Second Saturday beginning in September | 9:15-11:30 a.m. (Mass available at 8 a.m.)

September 9, 2017 | October, 14, 2017 | November 11, 2017 | December 9, 2017 | January 13, 2018

Cost: $45 (includes books, materials)

Corpus Christi Monastery

215 Oak Grove Avenue

Menlo Park, California

For more information or to register,  contact Sister Joseph Marie, O.P. at




“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!

OP Nun Joy No. 3: Holy Preaching with our Brothers!

Ah, summer.  School’s out, ordinations are done, time to sit back and enjoy, right?  For many of our friars, it’s time to move!  Summer brings new ministry assignments, new cities, new adventures.  And it’s always an adventure for us nuns as we learn who’s moved where. As Preacheresses, we are associated with the Order’s “holy preaching” by our prayer and penance so we try to keep up with our friars as they are coming and going so we can better pray for them, their ministry and those they minister.

On Monday, we had the joy of having with us Father Thomas More Barba, O.P., of the Southern Dominican Province.  He first became acquainted with our community during his novitiate year, which he spent with the novices of the Western Dominican Province at St. Dominic’s in San Francisco.  Newly ordained a couple weeks ago, he returned to the Bay Area and offered a Mass of Thanksgiving in our chapel, followed by a visit in the parlor.  And he shared with us the joyous news that his first assignment is chaplain at the University of Dallas, his alma mater and where he first met the Dominicans.

Since the beginning of the Order of Preachers, Dominicans have been present and active in preaching and ministering to students.  St. Dominic, Blessed Jordan, and their sons and brothers long recognized the thirst for truth young people possess, their openness to learning, and their energy for things they love and are passionate about.  And what could be more important than loving God and our eternal life?  Because St. Dominic and Blessed Jordan shared with them the love and compassion God had planted in their own hearts and minds, that is, the fruit of their contemplation, after hearing and seeing them, many young men and women decided to leave all and follow in their footsteps in the Dominican Order.

This love and respect for young men and women, the desire to accompany them on their journey to God continues in the Order – you will find friars and sisters teaching and preaching, serving students as chaplains and campus ministers and offering them Christ in the sacraments on and near college campuses across the United States.  In the Western Dominican Province alone, you’ll find them at: University of Washington, Stanford University, University of Utah, University of Oregon, University of Nevada (Las Vegas), Occidental College (Los Angeles), University of Arizona, and Thomas Aquinas College.

We especially remember our friars during this time as they transition to new assignments, and in particular our friars assigned to schools and campus ministry, their ministry teams and student leaders as they make preparation for the upcoming academic year.

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

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