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Monday, 30 April 2012

Vocation Story: St Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde

This vocation story comes from a sister at St. Cecilia's Abbey, Ryde. 

"Why are you doing this?” asked a teaching colleague, as we sat at an outdoor cafe. “Because I love God.” “You love God that much?”

So it was when I arrived at Heathrow with a letter from the Abbey, the customs official asked, “And how long do you plan to stay in this country?’ “Forever, I hope.” Forever is not a category familiar to immigration officials, so I was sent to the sidelines together with who appeared to be other illegal aliens, while my fellow travellers looked on, wondering what I had done. Forever: not because I was sure it would all work out, but forever, because love is like that.

I was born into an extended Christian Palestinian family, but unlike many Americans who grow up barely knowing their neighbours, I was part of a tight-knit communtiy of customs and elders, tradition and ceremony. That community was the loose confederation of relations who came to the US from Palestine, proud to come from the Holy Land, whose roots plunge themselves into the first generations of Christians. Naturally talkative and hardworking, they radiate hospitality and warmth; they are a people at home in the world, and one of my familiy’s enduring gifts to me was the appreciation of created values, an awarenes that God is glorified in our use and enjoyment of all He has given. There was nothing pinched, arid or abstract about home. I still remember the large family gatherings--the platters of stuffed zucchini and vine-leaves, the dancing of the dubka at weddings,the rattle of dice on backgammon boards, and the goodnatured shouting and roar of laughter between adults. A cousin once asked his father why he always fought with his relatives. “Fight?” he laughed. “That’s our way of talking.”

But for all that, my sister and I grew up as Americans, in the southern part of that country in the pine woods, swamps and sugar cane fields of Louisiana where people drink iced tea. It was another place where mystery and manners were important, and where religion was part of everyday life. Statues of Our Lady often appear on country roads and in people’s front gardens. My early life was very ordinary, apart from the fact of a powerful sense of God’s presence which accompanied me. I remember once emptying the dishwasher and having this overwhelming and intense experience of the love of God, and a piercing joy. I felt I could have died at that moment and my life would have been complete. From then on God was like a prism through which everything passed, enriching and intensifying life and filling it with wonder. There was no sense of discontunity between my faith and life. I plunged myself into studies, sport, especially tennis and skiing, student government, running successfully as first female president of the student council in high school. Friendship, like family, was a manifestation of God in my life. In the summers, together with my parents, my sister and I were exposed to both the wild beauties of America and the ancient riches of Europe and the Middle East, with their multiplicity of churches, fountains and squares. The highpoint for me was visiting Jerusalem where we witnessed the ordination of my father’s first cousin and crowding together for his first Mass in the crypt of the Church of the Nativity; and seeing, among the many relations, two of my father’s sisters who are active religious sisters working in the Middle East. All this led eventually to the decision, after graduating from university, to pursue graduate studies abroad, in England.

Although the possibility of religious life had been a real one for much of my life, I knew nothing about monasteries before I came down to St Cecilia’s after finding it listed in the Directory of Monastic Hospitality. I’ve never been to the Isle of Wight, I thought, I’ll go there: it was as silly-- or providential-- as that. I had simply wanted a quiet place in which to reflect on the quiet perisitent desire within me. By the end of the weekend I was totally captivated by the Benedictine idea. I did not know what it meant, but it was something that responded to all the spoken and unspoken desires of my heart. I felt drawn like a magnet. “I cannot forget that beauty. . “: this is how I described the experience to my friends on my return, not realizing I was echoing the words of those 7th century envoys from Vladimir, prince of Kiev, returning from the celebration of the divine liturgy in Constantinople. “We knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. . . “ It was not only the transcendent beauty of the chant, but also the beauty of community life, a living together with profound respect, courtesy, affection and joy; the beauty of a community dedicated to a way of life based on faith in all its details--but in a matter-of-fact and simple way. I was also drawn by its sanity and wisdom, the goodness and variety of people in it, the humanity and kindness of its superiors. The seeds of much of this had been sown in childhood, but in Benedictine life it came into the open in a whole way of life.

It was difficult to explain my choice “You don’t seem really the type,” one friend noted. “How can you give up so much?” “Think of all the good you could be doing.” Can you really bear giving up travel?” “You’ll never see penguins in the wild!” ll these questions and more were brought up by well-meaning relatives and friends. Behind all these questions was lurking the real issue: “Why aren’t you satisfied, what more do you want?” The why is ultimately God’s secret. I only knew that I could not rest until I had given myself totally. “Can’t you find God in the world?” Well, yes, that was precisely why I was doing this. I had found God in the world, and I wanted to live in that Presence. In trying to answer their questions, I felt very like engaged couples who are asked why they have fallen in love. “The heart has its reasons that reason does not know” (Pascal), My family were especially shocked and grieved by my decision. When I told my mother that a friend’s mother had said how beautiful it was to have a vocation, she replied, “It easy for her to say that. I wonder how she would feel if it were her daughter.” The cross is part of every vocation, and mine was the pain I caused my family. “The greatness of her love was cause of the greatness of her pain,” as Julian of Norwich wrote of Our Lady, at the foot of the cross. But Dame Julian went on to note that “before miracles come sorrow and anguish and trouble.” And the miracle came. Now they cannot do enough for the community, usually expressed in true Middle Eastern style: feeding us!

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Community Spotlight: Notting Hill Carmelites

This is a very personal one for me because a friend of mine entered this community at the beginning of the year. It was one of those bittersweet times, I was so happy for her yet sad that she was not going to be a part of my life in the same way any more. But her accounts of the community have assured me that it is a wonderful and beautiful place to be called to.
God Bless
Emily



Order: Carmelite
Gender: Women
Charism/Apostolate: Cloistered/contemplative
Eligibility: No age limits
Formation: Six to eighteen month postulancy, two year novitiate, three years profession, solemn vows
Vows: Poverty, chastity, obedience
Practices: Divine Office, Marian spirituality
History: The community was founded in 1878 as an offshoot from a French Carmel in Paris. After a difficult start in poverty and obscurity, the beginning of the twentieth century saw the community experience a surge in vocations as women from all walks of life joined their contemplative life.

Recommended:
Crafty Nun Shop - they have some fantastic items for sale here, including the namesake Crafty Nuns which are just adorable as well as rosaries, brown scapular and other miscellaneous handicrafts.
Never Lose Hope - In 2009 one of the sisters of the community was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and sadly passed away five months later. The DVD is a tribute to her life and her faith. There is no set charge for the DVD and proceeds are donated to pancreatic cancer research.

I visited this community one afternoon and spent some time speaking with their Prioress. She was kind enough to give me a copy of "The Still Small Voice" which I am happy to pass on to anyone who might be interested. Either comment or email

Friday, 27 April 2012

Prayer Schedule: Midday

This is the latest addition to my prayer schedule resources. This is a much less 'customisable' schedule that my previous ones and is shorter but I will be adding more schedules over time so if this one is not suited to you then just keep checking back and there will be another one soon. 


Prayer Schedule - Midday Prayer

Blog Update: Emily's Story

For those of you who are interested, I've updated the page on my vocation story. I've added some stuff on what lead me to seriously discern and where I am now.

Blog Update : Marriage...

Hi everyone,

Just a quick update to let you know we now have a page for people considering Marriage...

There are a few links up so far that lead to different sites where you can get more information about a vocation to married life. Should you wish to add anything, please comment on the page itself, or send us an email: vocationoperation@live.co.uk

Our main focus will still be on the Religious and Lay communities/associations but we will have a few other resources for other vocations too!

Wishing you love, peace and blessings this Eastertide,
Kim Lee

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Prayer for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations



Gracious and Merciful God, In your great wisdom you have called each human person to accept your call to fullness of life in Jesus Christ our Good Shepherd. Within that call, each of us finds our special path to you as we listen for your voice in our hearts and in the many blessed experiences of our lives.
Today we pray that those you are calling to a religious vocation may respond with eager spirits and willing hands. May our families nurture the call of God in our children.
May our parishes support the call through vibrant celebrations of our faith. May our Church leadership recognize that it is your Holy Spirit who calls and shapes each vocation. Rejoicing in the new life of this Paschal season, let us be grateful for the opportunities we have to serve you and your people.
May our Church and world be blessed with an abundance of women and men who consecrate their lives to that service, so that all people may come to know the deep joy of your abundant love.
We pray through Jesus Christ, risen from the dead and always shepherding your Church, and in your Holy Spirit, who blesses us with courage, now and forever.
Amen.

http://mercysisters.wordpress.com/2012/04/24/a-prayer-for-the-world-day-of-prayer-for-vocations/

St John Bosco (Salesians)

Just a little on St John Bosco (Salesians)

ST. JOHN BOSCO(taken from the 1913 Catholic Encyclopedia)

Also known as Don Bosco or Giovanni Melchior Bosco, he was the founder of the Salesian Society. Born of poor parents in a little cabin at Becchi, a hill-side hamlet near Castelnuovo, Piedmont, Italy, 16 August, 1815; died January 31, 1888; declared Venerable by Pius X, July 21, 1907.

When he was little more than two years old his father died, leaving the support of three boys to the mother, Margaret Bosco. John's early years were spent as a shepherd and he received his first instruction at the hands of the parish priest. He possessed a ready wit, a retentive memory, and as years passed his appetite for study grew stronger. Owing to the poverty of the home, however, he was often obliged to turn from his books to the field, but the desire of what he had to give up never left him. In 1835 he entered the seminary at Chieri and after six years of study was ordained priest on the eve of Trinity Sunday by Archbishop Franzoni of Turin. Leaving the seminary, Don Bosco went to Turin where he entered zealously upon his priestly labours. It was here that an incident occurred which opened up to him the real field of effort of his afterlife. One of his duties was to accompany Don Cafasso upon his visits to the prisons of the city, and the condition of the children confined in these places, abandoned to the most evil influences, and with little before them but the gallows, made such a indelible impression upon his mind that he resolved to devote his life to the rescue of these unfortunate outcasts. On the eighth of December 1841, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, while Don Bosco was vesting for Mass, the sacristan drove from the Church a ragged urchin because he refused to serve Mass. Don Bosco heard his cries and recalled him, and in the friendship which sprang up between the priest and Bartollomea Garelli was sown the first seed of the "Oratory", so called, no doubt, after the example of St. Philip Neri and because prayer was its prominent feature. Don Bosco entered eagerly upon the task of instructing thus first pupil of the streets; companions soon joined Bartholomeo, all drawn by a kindness they had never known, and in February 1842, the Oratory numbered twenty boys, in March of the same year, thirty, and in March 1846, four hundred.
As the number of boys increased, the question of a suitable meeting-place presented itself. In good weather walks were taken on Sundays and holidays to spots in the country to spots in the country about Turin where lunch was eaten, and realizing the charm which music held for the untamed spirits of his disciples Don Boso organized a band for which some old brass instruments were procured. In the autumn of 1844 he was appointed assistant chaplain to the Rifugio, where Don Borel entered enthusiastically into his work. With the approval of Archbishop Franzoni, two rooms were secured adjoining the Rifugio and converted into a chapel, which was dedicated to St. Francis de Sales. The members of the Oratory now gathered at the Rifugio, and numbers of boys from the surrounding district applied for admission. It was about this time (1845) that Don Bosco began his night schools and with the closing of the factories the boys flocked to his rooms where he and Don Borel instructed them in rudimentary branches.
The success of the Oratory at the Rifugio was not of long duration. To his great distress Don Bosco was obliged to give up his rooms and from this on he was subjected to petty annoyances and obstacles which, at times, seemed to spell the ruin of his undertaking. His perseverance in the face of all difficulties led many to the conclusion that he was insane, and an attempt was even made to confine him in an asylum. Complaints were lodged against him, declaring his community to be a nuisance, owing to the character of the boys he befriended. From the Rifugio the Oratory was moved to St. Martin's, to St. Peter's Churchyard, to three rooms in Via Cottolengo, where the night schools were resumed, to an open field, and finally to a rough shed upon the site of which grew up an Oratory that counted seven hundred members, Don Bosco took lodgings nearby, where he was joined by his mother. "Mama Margaret", as Don Bosco's mother came to be known, gave the last ten years of her life in devoted service to the little inmates of this first Salesian home. When she joined her son at the Oratory the outlook was not bright. But sacrificing what small means she had, even to parting with her home, its furnishings, and her jewelry, she brought all the solicitude and love of a mother to these children of the streets. The evening classes increased and gradually dormitories were provided for many who desired to live at the Oratory. Thus was founded the first Salesian Home which now houses about one thousand boys.
The municipal authorities by this time had come to recognize the importance of the work which Don Bosco was doing, and he began with much success a fund for the erection of technical schools and workshops. These were all completed without serious difficulty. In 1868 to meet the needs of the Valdocco quarter of Turin, Don Bosco resolved to build a church. Accordingly a plan was drawn in the form of a cross covering an area of 1,500 sq. yards. He experienced considerable difficulty in raising the necessary money, but the charity of some friends finally enabled him to complete it at a cost of more than a million francs (about 200,000). The church was consecrated 9 June, 1868, and placed under the patronage of Our Lady, Help of Christians. In the same year in which Don Bosco began the erection of the church fifty priests and teachers who had been assisting him formed a society under a common rule which Pius IX, provisionally in 1869, and finally in 1874, approved.


Character and Growth of the Oratory 

Any attempt to explain the popularity of the Oratory among the classes to which Don Bosco devoted his life would fail without an appreciation of his spirit which was its life. For his earliest intercourse with poor boys he had never failed to see under the dirt, the rags, and the uncouthness the spark which a little kindness and encouragement would fan into a flame. In his vision or dream which he is said to have had in his early boyhood, wherein it was disclosed to him what his lifework would be, a voice said to him: "Not with blows, but with charity and gentleness must you draw these friends to the path of virtue." And whether this be accounted as nothing more than a dream, that was in reality the spirit with which he animated his Oratory. In the earlier days when the number of his little disciples was slender he drew them about him by means of small presents and attractions, and by pleasant walks to favorite spots in the environs of Turin. These excursions occurring on Sunday, Don Bosco would say Mass in the village church and give a short instruction on the Gospel; breakfast would then be eaten, followed by games; and in the afternoon Vespers would he chanted, a lesson in Catechism given, and the Rosary recited. It was a familiar sight to see him in the field surrounded by kneeling boys preparing for confession.
Don Bosco's method of study knew nothing of punishment. Observance of rules was obtained by instilling a true sense of duty, by removing assiduously all occasions for disobedience, and by allowing no effort towards virtue, how trivial soever it might be, to pass unappreciated. He held that the teacher should be father, adviser, and friend, and he was the first to adopt the preventive method. Of punishment he said: "As far as possible avoid punishing, try to gain love before inspiring fear." And in 1887 he wrote: "I do not remember to have used formal punishment; and with God's grace I have always obtained, and from apparently hopeless children, not alone what duty exacted, but what my wish simply expressed." In one of his books he has discussed the causes of weakness of character, and derives them largely from a misdirected kindness in the rearing of children. Parents make a parade of precocious talents: the child understands quickly, and his sensitiveness enraptures all who meet him, but the parents have only succeeded in producing all affectionate, perfected, intelligent animal. The chief object should be to form the will and to temper the character. In all his pupils Don Bosco tried to cultivate a taste for music, believing it to be a powerful and refining influence. "Instruction", he said, "is but an accessory, like a game; knowledge never makes a man because it does not directly touch the heart. It gives more power in the exercise of good or evil; but alone it is an indifferent weapon, wanting guidance." He always studied, too, the aptitudes and vocations of his pupils, and to an almost supernatural quickness and clearness of insight into the hearts of children must be ascribed to no small part of his success. In his rules lie wrote: "Frequent Confession, frequent Communion, daily Mass: these are the pillars which should sustain the whole edifice of education." Don Bosco was an indefatigable confessor, devoting days to the work among his children. He recognized that gentleness and persuasion alone were not enough to bring to the task of education. He thoroughly believed in play as a means of arousing childish curiosity -- more than this, he places it among his first recommendations, and for the rest he adopted St. Philip Neri's words: "Do as you wish, I do not care so long as you do not sin."

Statistics 

At the time of Don Bosco's death in 1888 there were 250 houses of the Salesian Society in all parts of the world, containing 130,000 children, and from which there annually went out 18,000 finished apprentices. In the motherhouse, Don Bosco had selected the brightest of his pupils, taught them Italian, Latin, French, and mathematics, and this band formed a teaching corps for the new homes which quickly grew up in other places. Up to 1888 over six thousand priests had gone forth from Don Bosco's institutions, 1,200 of whom had remained in the society. The schools begin with the child in his first instruction and lead, for those who choose it, to seminaries for the priesthood. The society also conducts Sunday schools, evening schools for adult workmen, schools for those who enter the priesthood late in life, technical schools, and printing establishments for the diffusion of good reading in different languages. Its members also have charge of hospitals and asylums, nurse the sick, and do prison work, especially in rural districts. The society has houses in the following countries: Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Belgium, Switzerland, Austria, Palestine, and Algiers; in South America, Mexico, in South America, Patagonia, Terra del Fuego, Ecuador, Brazil, Paraguay, The Argentine Republic, Bolivia, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Venezuela, and Colombia. In the United States the Salesians have four churches: Sts. Peter and Paul and Corpus Christi in San Francisco, California; St. Josephs in Oakland, California; and the Transfiguration in New York City. Very Rev. Michael Borghino, Provincial for America, resides in San Francisco.

By E. F. Saxton

Just a Bit of Fun

Just for fun I decided to post this up. I made it using a site called Wordle.net and it makes these cute little word clouds from the most common words used on our blog. I even customised it to go with the blog's colour scheme: I'm so fussy like that. 

God Bless
Emily Ann Francis

Awareness of my vocation

I have always found that although my life is not necessarily easy, it is one full of fulfilment and satisfaction up to the point that I still have this emptiness in my heart telling me that I'm not quite there yet. I always think to myself and reflect about when I am most aware of my vocation, and it is always when I am experiencing the most "worldly" of amusements, as opposed to what I might have originally thought, for example, times when I am down. I find that my strongest awareness of wanting to help people, care for them and spend time getting to know God in prayer is when I am watching a movie, shopping, cooking, sewing, playing sports - basically, in doing things I enjoy doing. It is not in my sadness and sorrows nor in my times of work, although saying that, I am still aware of my calling, just not half as strongly as I am aware of it when I am doing things I "like" doing.

I have been thinking about some things, especially career-wise. I think I may want to go into the medical field and train to be a nurse or someone who works with children. So basically, exploring my options, which could lead me to anything at the moment, I am thinking of maybe combining the two? A school nurse? I know it sounds crazy to suddenly be saying that when I never really mentioned it before, but I was already testing your reactions to it when I did a form prayers on vocation featuring me in a doctor's uniform, unfortunately, I hadn't one in a nurses uniform, so I had to use that. Not that being a doctor is a bad thing, just that I don't fell called towards that in particular. I am drawn more to the side of nursing or childcare - both of which would technically set my parents alight! They would probably burn every dinner if I wasn't there to cook, and have the house in a mess, but I will teach them in time to be more capable of looking after themselves, my brother included. After all, weren't we always told to teach someone to "fish" not give fish to them...?

Assuring you of my prayer, while asking you for yours,
Kim Lee

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Prayer for Vocations

I would like to share this prayer with all of you. It is one I have written and made up, so you won't find it anywhere else. I hope that as it has helped me, it will help you in discerning God's will for you in your life. Please be assured of my prayer for all your intentions, those I know and don't know.
With love, peace and blessings in the Risen Lord,
Kim Lee

Dearest Jesus,
I love you dearly with all my heart.
Help me always to be faithful to the one God in three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Please help me to always listen, and not to try and force my own will, but embrace yours.
And in the time of waiting during discernment, while I am waiting to wholly fulfil your will,
I ask you to teach me patience, and to love us and bless us all, those who I know and don't know.
Lead me, dear Jesus, and guide me to doing your will.
Through Christ our Lord,
Amen.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Blog Update - new feature: Prayer Requests

Hi everyone,

We now have a new feature called "Prayer Requests" where you can use the comment form at the bottom of the page to post your prayer intentions and requests.

We also now have a facebook page - click here!
God Bless,
Kim Lee

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Blog Update: Independent Catholic News

Hi everyone,

Just a short update to let you all know that we are now listed under "Blogs" and "Links" (vocations sites)
on the Independent Catholic News website and a story is in the process of being written about our blog. Please do continue to help us spread the word and keep us in your prayers.

I will let you all know when the story is up on the ICN website. Please watch this space for updates, and do let us know if you want your community featured! :)

Love, peace and blessings in the Risen Lord,
Kim Lee

Update from Emily: We are now on the ICN website under the vocations links, you can see it here!

Monday, 16 April 2012

Blog Update

Just to let you all know I am back at college now and have internet access Monday-Friday, so if you want to email in,l leave comments etc then I should reply within the week. Exams are starting soon for both me, and I imagine, Emily too, so if you don't hear from either of us, as Emily said, please do not worry.

I will be adding updates on my discernement/story under the label "The Story So Far: Kim" so if you want to read more recent news and updates from the page, please click on the labels on the sidebar.

Both Emily and I are working on some community spotlights and other features for this blog, so do bear with us if you have asked us to add one on your congregation. Should you have any additions to features on our blog, please do let us know about that also.

We hope you all have a very blessed Eastertide.

An update on some news...

A lot of interesting things have been happening in my life lately. Not all of them are necessarily your "happy-go-lucky" type events, but all of them were most informative. I recently found out a number of things from my childhood which seem to link in with my current dicerning thoughts. I always wondered where I first experienced the Catholic faith and religious life - seems I was in the Canossians' hands as a very very young child when I was in their hospital in Hong Kong. I was very sick when I was born - in fact, on this day, seventeen years ago, I apparently got pneumonia and was so sick people thought I would not survive. Of course, God had other plans and I did. I survived several near death experiences, and so far, I'm counting five.
One of the congregations I am in touch with is the Medical Missionaries of Mary. I know I claimed to have a phobia to blood and needles, but something about healthcare and a medical profession draws me in. I never really told anyone that before because I didn't want any pressure from anyone to influence me. I wanted any calling in that direction to come solely from God, with no other influences that could skew my heart's discernment on the matter. Seems that the sister I am in touch with has worked with the Canossians before on various missions. The pro-activeness, strength in prayer and the whole idea of working in the medical field has lingered in my mind before, even as a child, I just wanted to ignore it - that was my own will. I can't say where this will lead me, but perhaps it may rule out some other communities. I still do want to work with children though, although again, that may be my own will. Wherever He leads me, I guess I will go. I have so many doors open to me it's difficult to know which one to choose - that is, if I even have a choice! I know we have free will, but as a spiritual mother said to me, "Make plans for God to upset them"... and frankly, she's right about it! :P
Well, I hope you all have a very blessed Eastertide.
With all God's Love and Blessings,
Kim :)

Thursday, 5 April 2012

Community Spotlight: Ampleforth Abbey




Order: Benedictine
Gender: Men
Charism/Apostolate: Monastic, educational apostolate
Eligibility: No specific requirements known
Vows: Obedience, conversion of life and stability
Practices: Divine Office, Lectio Divina,
History: Usually I try and summarise the history of the community but they've done such an awesome job of it themselves I'm just going to direct you to their page on their history here.

Recommended:

Education

Ampleforth Abbey Orchards

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Prayer Schedule: Morning and Evening

One thing I think is very important, especially so for discerners, is a constant, regular prayer schedule. I have been developing my own prayer schedule recently and so this is a 'formula' as such to help you develop your own prayer schedule. I have designed it very much as a guide and it is designed to allow itself to be customised and adapted to individual preferences and needs. You can make your schedule as long or as short as you like by selecting different prayers from the options suggested and adding in additional prayers. I give suggestions at the very end to add to the basic skeletons I have created. I don't have concluding prayers here because I think people often have their own ways of ending prayer or would prefer to have time for open-ended prayer. If you don't, I suggest looking up the Divine Office (try here) and see if one of the concluding prayers there appeals to you.

The names of the prayers in the formula are all links to the text of the prayer. So far this is the schedule for morning and evening. I plan to add more for prayer during the day and possibly a schedule for prayer on Sundays and holy days.

Morning Schedule

Sign of the Cross
Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be 

AND

Gloria

AND

Apostle's Creed
or
Act of Faith

Morning Offering

AND

Act of Abandonment
or
Prayer of Abandonment

AND

Consecration to Jesus
or
Consecration to the Sacred Heart
or
Consecration to the Blessed Trinity
or
Consecration to the Holy Spirit

AND

Consecration to Mary
or
Consecration to Our Lady of Sorrows
or
Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

AND

Litany of the Saints
or
Prayer(s) to your patron saint or saints you have particular devotion to

AND

Prayer of Praise and Thanks


Evening Schedule

Sign of the Cross

AND


AND

or

AND


AND 

or
or

AND

or

AND

Concluding Evening Prayer

God Bless
Emily Ann Francis

Monday, 2 April 2012

Blog Updates

A quick update, I know Kim is very busy at the moment and pretty soon I will be too. I'm trying to get as many posts scheduled for a while we'll both be busy so that you won't be without anything but so don't be concerned if we're not responding to comments or emails. I will try to keep up but I may not be able to.

I pray you all have a wonderful and blessed Holy Week and Easter.

God Bless
Emily Ann Francis

Community Spotlight: Dominicans, Summit NY

Dominican Nuns of Summit, NY





Order: Dominican
Gender: Women
Charism: Cloistered/contemplative
Eligibility: 20-35 years of age, high school diploma,
Formation: Approx. 9 months postulancy, 2 year novitiate, 3 year temporary profession
Vows: Vow of obedience to their Rules and Constitutions, poverty and chastity fall under this vow
Practices: Daily rosary, Perpetual Adoration,
Formation: Approx. 9 months postulancy, 2 year novitiate, 3 year temporary profession
History: In 1880 in France a community of cloistered contemplative Dominican sisters was founded with a specific focus on the perpetual rosary. A new foundation was born in 1891 in Union City, NJ and in 1919 sisters from the Union City community left to found the community in Summit, NJ.

Recommended:
Cloister Shoppe - sells soaps, books, statues, medals, handmade wooden rosaries