Visit from the Master of the Dominican Order!

Fr. Carlos Azpiroz Costa, O.P. and his vicar, Fr. Ed Ruane, came to Lufkin for a quick visit just in time for Vespers on June 30 and stayed through the early afternoon of July 1. Fr. Carlos had been promising us a visit for years, so we are grateful he managed to fit us in before his term as Master ends in September!

Fr. Carlos in our community room
Fr. Carlos spent a lot of time during his visit speaking with us and answering our many questions about the nuns and our life, the Order in general, and even a little about himself. We enjoyed two meals with Fr. Carlos and Fr. Ed in our refectory and of course we had to make things a little special for them.
The fruit creations of the sisters!
During one of the  meals, we made Fr. Carlos and Fr. Ed honorary citizens of Texas! They were naturally thrilled to receive this privilege. 
Fr. Carlos and Fr. Ed admire their Texas citizenship certificates
We couldn\’t let such a great event pass without a community photo, so…here we are in the chapter hall:
Our community, plus Fr. Carlos and Fr. Ed
Thank you so much, Fr. Carlos and Fr. Ed, for taking time out of your busy schedules and preparations for the General Chapter to come and visit! And thank you for all your wonderful service to the Order and the Church! You are in our special prayers always.

Congratulations, Bishop-Elect Eduardo Nevares!

We are so proud of Father Eduardo Nevares, a priest of our Tyler diocese, who will be ordained auxiliary bishop of Phoenix, AZ on July 19th!
Bishop-Elect Eduardo Nevares with Sr. Mary Veronica, O.P.
Our community has known Fr. Eduardo a long time. We first met him when he was 15 and attending minor seminary. He volunteered to come and serve Mass in our chapel, and that was the beginning!  Fr. Eduardo was ordained for the Missionaries of La Salette and served St. Patrick\’s parish in Lufkin  as deacon and later priest for 17 years. In 2007, he was incardinated into the Tyler diocese, where he served as vocation director before being appointed vice-rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, OH in 2008. He will be the first auxiliary bishop of Phoenix, the fifth largest city in the nation and home to more than 700,000 Catholics. Despite his busy schedule, Fr. Eduardo has always made time to visit and to celebrate Mass in our chapel. We are so thankful to God for Fr. Eduardo\’s dedication, his love for the Lord and our Lady, and his inspiring priestly ministry.
You can count on our continued prayers, Fr. Eduardo, and we hope you will remember us in your prayers, too!

The Nativity of St. John the Baptist


Today we celebrate the nativity of St. John the Baptist. In a homily attributed to St. Maximus of Turin, we read: “Such a great herald was he that by anticipating the grace of his future ministry, he gave his mother the spirit of prophecy, and by the power of the name assigned to him by the angel, he opened the mouth of his father Zechariah, which had been sealed by doubt.” The Gospel for the day, which recounts this story, also mentions the people who witnessed these events, telling us that they asked, “What will this child turn out to be?” (Lk 1:66) Jean Danielou, S.J., in his book Advent, gives us a reply: “Amongst people completely unconcerned with the things of God, he was to be the one who upset their complacency and awakened in them those beginnings of goodwill which would enable them to understand Christ.” May we too be stirred to a deeper understanding of Christ through the intercession of St. John the Baptist!
Looking Back…
 These are some images from the past few months:
Reg Reynolds and Angel Rosales helped us set up our website.
Visit us at
The sisters are hard at work husking corn, 
the gift of a generous benefactor!

 Fr. Brian Pierce, O.P., Promoter for the Nuns, 
came to visit our community on Palm Sunday. 
What a blessing it was!

 After a long cold winter, spring came to Lufkin,
and the dogwood trees bloomed.

Sr. Mary John\’s feast day was celebrated on Mother\’s Day this year.

 We are so grateful to Sr. Anna Marie, O.P. from
the Monastery of Mary the Queen in Elmira, NY
for setting up this blog for us and helping us get going!
God bless you, Sister!

Completion of our MTS Program June 7-18, 2010


The last class with Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P. was held yesterday. A big thanks and God bless to Fr. Bryan, who worked so hard to teach us theology and was so patient with our many questions! We will be saying goodbye to our sisters from Summit, Farmington Hills and Elmira today, which is sad, but we look forward to our next series of classes, which will be held next year at our monastery. Each of us will write two papers,one on philosophy, one on theology, for presentation next year, so we have a lot of studying ahead of us. Of course, as Dominican nuns, we thrive on study! Many thanks to all the monasteries who sent their sisters to join us here in Lufkin, we enjoyed their company so much. And a special thanks also to our own sisters here in Lufkin, who filled in for our duties while we were hard at working learning!

Introduction to Theology.

Yesterday we began the second week of our Monastic Theological Studies Program with a new instructor, Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, O.P.

Fr. Bryan was working as an engineer in Seattle when he discerned his call to the priesthood and the religious life. He entered the Western Dominican Province in 1992, made his solemn profession in 1998, and was ordained a priest in 2000. He is currently professor of theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology at Berkeley, CA, teaching courses in theological method, the theology of the sacraments, the theology of the human person, and eschatology. Welcome, Fr. Bryan, and we hope you will enjoy your time with us here in Texas!

 Fr. Bryan makes some quick notes during the break!

A Fond Farewell to Fr. Brian.

Fr. Brian Chrzastek OP explains Kant\’s categories

We had such a wonderful class with Fr. Brian Chrzastek this week. He covered philosophical topics ranging from Plato to Kant in ten classes over five days. Over the course of this year, each of us will choose a philosophical topic and study it for presentation next summer at a seminar as part of the Monastic Theological Studies program. Hopefully our study of philosophy will not stop there, but continue on over our lifetimes! Thank you so much, Fr. Brian, and we hope this will not be our last encounter with you!

 Still smiling after an intense week of classes!