Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery


A Visit With our Friars from “Across the Pond”

This summer, we had a very special visit from some of our Dominican brothers from England and the Netherlands!  Through the generosity of benefactors, the novices of the English and Dutch Provinces (they presently have a common novitiate in England) were given the opportunity to visit the Western Dominican Province and experience a bit of Dominican life here.  As part of their visit, they spent an afternoon visiting our monastery.

It was a wonderful visit.  We were eager to hear about life in their respective countries, the joys and challenges they face, and their stories of how they came to enter the Order.  And they were eager to hear about our life as Dominican nuns.  Sadly, the English Province does not have a monastery of Dominican nuns – the last one, Carisbrooke, closed about 20 years ago.

As these novices profess their first vows as Dominicans, we keep them especially in prayer.  And please join us in praying too for the Dominican nuns to be able to re-found in England.  It was the fervent desire of Our Holy Father Dominic that houses of Dominican nuns be in close proximity with the houses of Dominican friars as a wellspring for the Order’s holy preaching.

Holy Father Dominic, pray for us!

Meet our newest novice – Sister Amata Marie of the Divine Mercy!

Sister Amata Marie is our beloved now “youngest” sister.  Her story is also an amazing example of God’s providence and gentle leading – from Vietnam to Houston, where she first discerned her religious vocation and entered a Dominican congregation of active sisters, and now California as a cloistered Dominican nun.  Read her story here.

Because Sister is transferring from an active Dominican religious community, she is required to complete a time of novitiate formation to learn about and live the unique vocation as a cloistered Dominican nun.  However, in recognition of her previous formation as a Dominican religious sister, that time of initial formation is overall shorter than what most of our young sisters undergo in the novitiate.

Please keep our growing novitiate in your prayers, and all those God is yet calling to cloistered Dominican life!

Meet Sister Maria of the Trinity, O.P.!

“The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit.” – John 3:8

This Scripture rings particularly true for one of our newest sisters, Sister Maria of the Trinity.  You can read her story here.

Sister Maria of the Trinity came to our monastery as a temporary professed nun from St. Dominic’s Monastery in Linden, Virginia as part of her continuing discernment.  In the couple of months that followed, she discerned that the West coast culture was a better fit for her and where God was leading her to live out her contemplative Dominican vocation, and so she asked to formally transfer from St. Dominic’s Monastery to Corpus Christi Monastery.  On July 26th, she renewed her simple vows in the hands of our prioress, Sister Maria Christine, O.P., and became a member of our monastic community.

Dominicans often tell others with a smile, “when you meet one Dominican, you’ve met one Dominican,” meaning no two Dominicans are exactly alike.  The same is even more true for Dominican communities.  While each Dominican community shares a common Dominican spirit and foundation (and naturally, there are certain fundamentals that make up Dominican life), because Dominican life is to be ordered toward the salvation of souls, the details of how Dominican life is lived often varies between communities in different regions and cultures.  While no community is perfect, for each person God calls, He also leads him or her to the community that will be the best fit for that person’s temperament and culture.  How beautiful is His providence!

Deo Gratias!

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