Community Life

At recreation time, the community assembles in the community room to talk, relax, share news, and renew their spirits.

The Rule of Augustine, which St. Dominic chose for his sons and daughters, states that the first reason for which we are gathered together in community is to live in harmony, having one mind and heart in God. This unity transcends the limits of the monastery and attains its fullness in communion with the Order and with the whole Church of Christ.

Sisters at Easter

Sisters at Easter

The Unanimity of our life, rooted in the love of God, should furnish a living example of that reconciliation of all things in Christ which our brethren proclaim in their preaching of the word.

piano

Sr. Marie, Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart and Sr. Mary Michael work on the liturgical music for the week.

Life in a Dominican monastery is definitely not a life lived in isolation. Rather, it is a life lived in community, in shared joys and sorrows with sisters whose bond is the love of the Lord. In prayer, in work, in the performance of our duties, at community meetings, the sisters strive for a deep abiding charity for each other and a unanimity of spirit and ideals.

Joy-Noel

Our beloved cat, Joy Noel

Becoming a Dominican means that we receive our strength from each other. We are not soloists. As Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. remarks:

“Being called to live with one mind and heart in God is not simply being present to each other in a loving relationship, of friendship, as sisters. It means a great deal more in that the basis of our unity and harmony is always rooted in the Love of God!”

Washing the dishes is always a community project! Here Sr. Mary Christine (above) and Sr. Mary of the Incarnation (right) show their joy at finding God in the pots and the pans.