Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery


Walk…Run…We Got It Done!

Well, this post is later than we’d hoped and many of you have started asking, “are you all still alive?!”  Yes, but our recent mid-Lent festivities (Solemnity of St. Patrick on Friday, the half-marathon challenge, then Sunday and the Solemnity of St. Joseph) have kept us from our computers.  So now, here’s the pics and highlights from the nuns’ half-marathon challenge.

Our day started before sunrise.  We’d checked the fundraising status of our brothers the night before and had our distances calculated.  We were excited for how much they’d raised, but we were also realistic – we’d not trained to run an entire half-marathon!  And we had to keep our prayer and community obligations schedule (liturgy of the hours, adoration times, etc.).  So, after Lauds and a good breakfast, we laced up our shoes and headed out.

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As we began ticking off the miles, we silently prayed our rosaries, remembering our brothers who would also be heading out for their run in a few short hours – that they would run well, remain uninjured and finish strong.  After completed a few miles, we headed in to prepare for Mass, then returned to our work outside.

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We were blessed with overcast skies, yet comfortable temperatures.  And the experience was a true slice of our life.  Each sister kept her own pace, yet you knew you were not out there alone.  Once in a while, you’d catch sight of another sister across the way, and the two of you would smile and wave in encouragement and keep going on the mission.


Sisterly Competition

The event also stressed another blessing to community life: we challenge each other to go farther than we thought we could and we moderate those who would take on more than they should.

During a break near the end of the run, one of the sisters teasingly commented to another, “you know, when I proposed this idea to you, I was thinking we’d divide the half-marathon distance and each do a few miles.  Then, the next thing I know, we’re doing a matching run and now I’m doing a half-marathon!”  To which the other sister replied with a smile, “Well then, your first mistake was telling me.”  At the end, most of us said we’d never think of taking on a half-marathon had it not been for this proposal and the “peer pressure” of community competition, as every sister was glad she did it.


Dominic’s Ninth Way of Prayer

When our Holy Father Dominic would travel, he would often withdraw from his companions to pray and meditate as he walked.  Though we didn’t leave the cloister, we were reminded of his ninth way of prayer as we ran or walked our cloister grounds.  “You know, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pray decade after decade of the Rosary for the time it would take me to complete the 13.1 miles,” acknowledged one of the sisters after we’d finished.  “But God gave me a real grace and a beautiful time of prayer.  I began to reflect on all the journeys represented in the Rosary mysteries – Mary’s journey to visit Elizabeth, the journey up the mountain at the Transfiguration, and then the return to Jerusalem, and so on.  And I thought about our journey through our time on earth- the marathon of our monastic vocation and our ultimate finish.”

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When all was said and done, all the sisters completed the half-marathon distance and 126 decades of the Rosary were prayed for our brothers, our elderly friars and the benefactors who generously gave to support them.  We are proud of the strong showing our brothers made in their run and are so grateful to be a part of this Dominican family.


Bonus Burpees for the Brothers!

Now our community keeps asking the novitiate sisters, “What will you do next?”  We simply smile and say, “through God’s providence, we’ll see where the Spirit leads!”

Launching Our New Video Series – Coffee with an OP Nun!

Want to know more about monastic life?  Have questions about the vocation of cloistered Dominican nuns?  Join us for a cup of coffee and learn a little more about the life of faith, particularly as lived by cloistered Dominican nuns.

Coffee with an OP Nun! is a new series by the cloistered Dominican nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery.  In each episode, we’ll touch on issues concerning the Catholic faith and life inside a cloistered Dominican monastery.

In our first episode, we talk about Lent and the things we can do to get in good spiritual shape.


Lenten Exercises

Just as with physical fitness, if we want to be spiritually fit, we must do our exercises!   This short features our prioress, Sister Maria Christine, OP, our novice mistress, Sister Joseph Marie, OP, Sister Mary Isabel, OP and two of our novices, Sister André Marie and Sister Mary Francis.

This production was inspired by the upcoming half-marathon and the season of Lent.  Only four days left to sponsor our runners in support of our elderly friars!  Remember, run as if to win!


EXTRA!  EXTRA!  A Joyful Announcement from the Cloister…

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Come share our joy!  We have exciting news to share.  Recently, the monastery council and chapter received and decided on two petitions for vows.

First, Sister Mary Isabel of the Angels, O.P. has been approved to profess her solemn vows on May 13, 2017 (see below for more details.)

Second, Sister Mary Dominic of the Incarnate Word has been approved to profess simple vows at the end of May.  The exact date remains to be determined.

Congratulations, sisters!  May God’s peace and blessing be with you as you take these next steps in your vocations.

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Giving Challenge: Lace up the Running Shoes – A Real Nun Run!


A couple weeks ago week on Facebook, we shared with you that five of our Dominican brothers from the Western Dominican Province are running a half-marathon (13.1 miles) to raise funds for the care of our elderly friars.  Their goal is to raise $5,000 by March 18th.  That is the cost of five weeks of care for one elderly friar.

Though our brothers have recently reached their goal (Deo gratias!), this is a crucial ongoing need for our elderly friars and the Province, so we want to join our brothers in their efforts.  We can’t leave the cloister for the half-marathon, but we are blessed to have a nice, long Rosary path around our cloister grounds.  Five of our sisters have adopted a friar as a “running partner”, are pulling out their rosaries, and lacing up their running shoes!

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Br. Andy, O.P. | Sister Joseph Marie, O.P.

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Br. Thomas Aquinas, O.P. | Sister Mary Isabel, O.P.

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Br. Scott, O.P. | Sister Marie Dominic

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Br. Damien Dominic, O.P. | Sister André Marie

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Br. Matthew, O.P. | Sister Mary Francis

For every $150 raised by one of the brothers, while they are running on March 18th, the sister partnered with that friar will complete one mile on our rosary path, praying for our elderly friars, her friar “running partner”, and all the friends and benefactors who will have donated to this cause.  If one or more of the brothers raises more than $2,000, then the other sisters will complete the “extra” mileage (that way no one sister will be required to complete more than the half-marathon distance).  Want to see all five sisters complete the half-marathon distance of 13.1 miles?  Then help the friars double their goal!  Only $10,000 to make it happen!

On your mark…get set…GIVE!