Cloistered Dominican Nuns Corpus Christi Monastery

OP Nun Joy No. 1: Shared Mission and Fraternal Communion

One of the greatest joys as a Dominican nun is to have a friar visit the monastery after he has been ordained to the priesthood, to see him celebrate Mass, to receive a first blessing and to visit with him in the parlor.  Why is this?  As Dominican nuns, our life of prayer and penance is dedicated in a particular way to the mission of the Order: to not only contemplate the mysteries of God, but to share with others the fruits of contemplation for the salvation of souls.  The structure of our Order arises from this mission and fraternal communion, so most of our friars are ordained to the priesthood, as we walk with them from their novitiate through their studentate years and beyond their ordination.

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This year, we had the joy of a visit from one of our newly ordained from the Eastern Dominican Province: Father Thomas Davenport, O.P.  His family is rooted on the East Coast, but he was a grad student at Stanford University when he began to discern his vocation.  Our chapel was one in the area that he frequently visited to pray to know God’s will.  We were blessed last week with a visit from him: he celebrated Mass for us during our Pentecost retreat, then returned on Pentecost Monday to visit with the community.

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We also had the great joy of seeing one of our Western Dominican Province friars serve at the altar as deacon for the first time!  Rev. Br. Thomas Aquinas Pickett, O.P. was ordained to the transitional diaconate with three other friars on Saturday, May 27th, then served his first Mass as deacon on Ascension Sunday.  This also happened to be the Mass of Sister Marie Dominic’s first profession of religious vows.  The graces of God are certainly abundant!

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