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Leaving All Things Behind: the Dominican Friars

A friend recently alerted me to this video of the Dominican Friars (Eastern Province) and their 21 new novices.

More evidence of the vocations boom! Even if you don’t believe it’s here yet, you’ve got to admit it must be coming soon…

Learn more about the Dominican Friars on their Web site, www.op-stjoseph.org

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Nashville Dominicans in the News (Yet Again!)

Always great to see the “vocations boom” being covered by the secular media!

To learn more about the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, visit their Web site: http://nashvilledominican.org

(HT to Aggie Catholics)

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Women of Mystery, Women of Hope

This 7-minute short film depicts three communities of religious sisters in their day-to-day work and prayer in New York City. The orders shown in the video happen to be three that I have long admired for their commitment to the poor and their joyful witness: the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, the Missionaries of Charity, and the Sisters of Life.

For more information about the sisters, click on the links above the video. For more on the film, check out the project Web site: www.mysteryandhope.org.

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Vocation stories from the Dominican Sisters of Mary

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist 2010 Aspirants

Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist 2010 Aspirants (From the Sisters' Web site)

I was browsing the Web site of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, looking for a photo of a friend who entered that order last fall, when I saw that the Sisters have posted the vocation stories of all the aspirants (sisters in their first year of formation) who entered in 2010. What an inspiring group of girls! Just listen to these words from Sr. Hannah’s story:

“I came to understand in a very real way that God loved me more than I had ever comprehended. In realizing that, I recognized my call to a vocation of love. I longed to give my all to live for God, who so willingly gave all of Himself in the desire for my love. My fears and self-doubt have been replaced by peace and the desire to serve Him with all that I am.”

You can read all the girls’ vocation stories on the Sisters’ Web site, www.sistersofmary.org – and when you do, say a prayer for each of them!

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Nashville Dominicans on NPR, Sisters of Mary on Oprah (again!)

A couple of weeks ago, NPR profiled the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, better known as the “Nashville Dominicans.” This vibrant congregation is growing by leaps and bounds, and I’m always glad to see them getting positive attention from the media. Actually, the tone of the article is remarkably positive, which I suppose reflects the shared attitude of those lovely sisters. Take, for example, these wise words from Sister Beatrice Clark:

“The day-to-day is hard. … The day-to-day can be mundane in little stuff. But in the large choices, this [vocation] is the most freeing thing I could have chosen, because everything else would have been trying to find this — this defining relationship that would give value to everything.”

Read (or listen to) the whole story on NPR.org. For more information on the Nashville Dominicans, visit their Web site: http://nashvilledominican.org

And in case you didn’t hear, another flourishing order, the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, recently appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show for the second time. You can watch clips of that episode here and segments of their first appearance (in February 2010) on YouTube. I’ve posted one segment below. (Parts of the video are a little jumbled, but I suppose that can’t be helped.)

For more information on the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, visit their Web site: http://www.sistersofmary.org

God bless you, sisters, for your joyful, courageous witness!

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Lord, You Have Called Me…

Click on the link below to see a beautiful slideshow of the six new postulants who recently joined the Carmelites of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. Among them is my dear friend Rose!

Entrance into Postulancy

Here are the lyrics to the song (“You Have Called Me”) that the sisters are singing in the background:

Lord, I give to You my life
My heart, my soul, my strength
To lay before Your throne
This is what You’ve asked me for
To give my all to You
Take from me that which is not true

Lord, You have called me
And bid me follow You
To glorify Your name in all the earth
Teach me to love
As I’ve never loved before
I give my life to You, my God

Though I know that I shall fall
Nothing will I fear
For You are by my side
So I sing with a grateful heart
The blessings of my God
Make me Yours for all eternity

Lord, You have called me
And bid me follow You
To glorify Your name in all the earth
Teach me to love
As I’ve never loved before
I give my life to You, my God

Lord, I long to see Your face
To gaze upon Your beauty
Thy will be done
For I give my life to You

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