Vocation Profile - Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Monastery of Mary the Queen
Dominican Cloistered Nuns, Monastery of Mary the Queen
We have dedicated ourselves to the following of Jesus Christ within the monastic, contemplative tradition given to us by Saint Dominic. We do this principally through: Prayer offered both in a common liturgy, and in solitude which issues from an attentive listening to the Lord speaking in the Scriptures and the study of sacred truth; Community life marked by a freedom of spirit arising from our poverty, chastity, and obedience, a common labor and a sisterly love; An apostolic spirit which finds expression in a joyful hospitality and a universal solidarity with all people in their needs.
A firm belief in God’s call to follow Christ wholeheartedly; Between the ages of 20 and 40; College or work experience; No financial debts or dependents; Single practicing Roman Catholic; Good physical and psychological health; Psychological maturity proportionate to one’s age; Open-mindedness and suitability for community life; and Ability to exercise good judgment.
The process of discernment before entrance can last up to a year. Several visits to the monastery are encouraged, for interviews and for the opportunity to meet the nuns, participate in the liturgy, see the monastery, etc. If, after this, there is serious interest in the nuns’ way of life, one may live in the monastery for two to six weeks as an observer.
This provides a practical experience of daily life in the monastery and tests one’s aptitude for it before making the personal arrangements necessary for entering the postulancy of twelve months, followed by novitiate of two years, temporary vows of three years, and then permanent vows for life.