What are the steps to becoming a sister? Aspirancy, postulancy, and then profession. A new video nearly five minutes long, by the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, shows the steps in becoming a Sister through photos accompanied by the beautiful music of the Hayden and Faure choir and orchestra, which performed at St. Odilo Church in Berwyn, IL. Click at right to see the video.
What Kind of Life?
Do you wonder, “To what kind of life is God calling me?” or “How can I know God’s will?” or “Am I being called to religious life?”
These are questions that many single persons ask themselves, and struggle with. Jesus Christ desires that all of His followers live life to the full. He said, “I have come that they might have life, and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). To hear God’s voice, we first must listen. To listen, we must be silent, and to practice the art of prayer.
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"... the help of their intercession."
In the same way that the universal Church celebrates the feast of All Saints on Nov. 1, and All Souls the day after, the Order of Preachers, or Dominicans, have their own similar feast days.
November 7 — All Saints Of The Order Of Preachers
The Dominican Constitution states that today we faithfully remember,
those who have gone before us in the family of Saint Dominic and who offer us the example of their way of life, their company in the communion of saints, and help of their intercession. By this celebration may we be moved to imitate them and be strengthened in the spirit of our vocation.
(Liber constitutionum et Ordinationum Ordinis Fratrum Preadicatorum, nn. 16, 67. See General Chapter 2004.)
November 8 — Anniversary Of the Deceased Brothers And Sisters Of The Order
The practice of the universal Church has associated the feast of All Saints with that of All Souls, emphasizing the fundamental truth of the communion of saints. According to the custom of our Order after celebrating the feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers we too remember our brothers and sisters who have gone before us with the sign of faith and pray that they might enjoy eternal rest with the Lord.
(From Supplement to the Liturgy of the Hours for the Order of Preachers, a draft translation)
Prayer, lectures, and fellowship were part of the retreat
On Oct. 28 – 30, the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Conception held a Discernment Retreat for young women. Prayer, Eucharistic adoration, informative talks, and the example of those who dare to recognize and answer God’s calling – all that was experienced by girls who came to the Discernment Retreat with the Sisters. We looked at the examples from the Bible, St. Dominic and St. Catherine of Siena, and also at Sisters who are living their religious life here and now.
Here’s what the participants had to say about the retreat:
They shared so much wisdom.
“This weekend has been such a blessing. I’ve had so much time for rest, prayer, and just spending time with the Sisters. They have shared so much wisdom about discerning your vocation and I’ve come away from this weekend with a renewed zeal to discern and pray for my vocation. I have felt so welcomed and taken care of this weekend and I appreciate that so very much.”
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