Charming vocation tales from the cloisters….


Really, this is some charming stuff from two monasteries, one in Kentucky, and the other in New Jersey.

Here we have the vocation story of Sister Mary Dominic of the Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ — taped when she was still a postulant, known as Sister Clare. The young living in Singapore found herself attracted to a monastery “on the other side of the world” and is now clothed in the habit, and welcomed into the community with a new name. She discusses all of it in this brief video, noting how God used social media to attract a heart that found only emptiness in the things of the world. “Whatever God wants is what’s important…”

Let’s pray for Sister Mary Dominic as she begins her journey.

Meanwhile in Kentucky, our friends the Passionist Nuns of St. Joseph Monastery were faced with an impending visit from 50 Montessori students which forced them to reconsider how to explain their vocations to such young guests. They came up with three story books, (themed, “Three Little Girls and Their Great King”) which are perfectly suited for the very young — from Kindergarten to third grade — but charming enough to entertain their older student guests as well. I particularly liked the first offering, entitled The Little Girl Who Wanted a Sister, but the second piece, The Little Girl Who Loved to Sing, is also lovely.

I haven’t seen the third installment yet, but I’m sure it too will be wonderful. I liked it all so much I had to share it. I hope the sisters hear from a publisher, soon, who can commission a series from them!

On Mother’s Day I always pause to give thanks to the “spiritual mothers” — the religious women who forego the blessings of marriage and children in order to gift all of us with their prayers and their service to the church -at-large. God bless them all, say I, and let’s pray for more men and women willing to spend their lives in prayer for us!

Elizabeth Scalia is Editor-at-Large at Aleteia and the award-winning author of Strange Gods, Unmasking the Idols in Everyday Life and Little Sins Mean a Lot: Kicking Our Bad Habits Before They Kick You. ​
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