Sr. Mary Rose graciously agreed to share some insights with us! Read on for more!
How did you find our about the Monastery of the Infant Jesus?
My parents knew the nuns. I grew up here in Lufkin, and we often visited the monastery.
How did you decide to become a nun?
When I was a little girl, I always wanted to be a nun…but when I got into high school, I thought maybe I’d rather get married instead! I went to college and worked for a while, and met someone I really liked. But I realized there was a desire in my heart that only God could satisfy. So I entered the monastery, and I’ve been here ever since.
What are some of the best things about being a nun at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus?
First I have to mention the fact that we have adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every day. That’s a great privilege. The nuns here have a joyful spirit, and we take our Dominican life very seriously. And of course, the grounds are beautiful!
What advice would you give to anyone discerning a vocation right now?
Spend time in prayer. I have a special devotion to the rosary, but you can pray any prayers you like. Go to daily Mass if possible. A retreat can be a good opportunity to get some quiet time alone with God and listen more closely to His voice. And, of course, visit monasteries! Looking at social media and reading literature is great, but there’s nothing like coming for a personal visit. You really get to know the community and experience their unique spirit and the way they live their particular charism.
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