Vocations in Black and White

St. Augustine

The Lord grant that you may observe all these precepts in a spirit of charity as lovers of spiritual beauty, giving forth the good odor of Christ in the holiness of your lives; not as slaves living under the law but as women living in freedom under grace.

The Rule of St. Augustine (followed by the Dominican nuns)

Happy Birthday, Sr. Maria Rosario!

We’ve got a lot of birthdays in August, and since this one was an important milestone, we had homemade cake and ice cream!

Our span is seventy years, and eighty for those who are strong! (Ps 90:10)

Sister Maria Rosario comes from Cuba, where she still has some family. Most of them, however, live in the States, and some were able to join her for this special occasion.

Sr. Maria Rosario has held many jobs in our monastery, working especially in the infirmary and diet kitchen (where special meals are prepared for those who need them). Her loving and nurturing ways make her a natural when it comes to health care!

These jobs are challenging ones, and Sister does them with her usual grace and good-natured style. We pray that she will keep active for many more years to come!

Happy Birthday, Sr. Mary Annunciata!

Sr. Mary Annunciata recently celebrated a big birthday! She is now 89 years old and going strong. A good friend sent her this lovely bouquet of yellow flowers–yellow is Sister’s favorite color.

Sister still comes to community exercises, including prayer, adoration, meals and recreation. She is especially delightful at recreation, where she keeps her companions laughing with her unique sense of humor!

Sr. Mary Annunciata is a wonderful example of the way a nun’s vocation flowers over time, becoming more and more open to God’s love and grace, so that she is able to give to the world a glimpse of the unending beauty of Jesus Christ. We wish you many years, Sr. Mary Annunciata!

East Texas Nuns

Recently, a crew from St. Philip Institute (Diocese of Tyler) came out to do a story on our two East Texas natives, Sr. Mary Veronica and Sr. Mary Rose, as part of a series on people in our diocese. We look forward to seeing the video, and hopefully we will post it on our website. (More on this to come!)

The crew from St. Philip Insitute
Sr. Mary Rose leads the way
Sr. Mary Veronica, our oldest sister–in her 90s and still going strong!