Vocation Profile - Dominican Monastery of the Mother of God

Dominican Monastery of the Mother of God

Mary of the Immaculate Heart
1430 Riverdale Street
West Springfield, MA 01089


Professed members12
Year founded1922

Springfield, MA
The Dominican Order is international
Our life, as nuns of the Order of Preachers, is centered on prayer. This includes communal prayer, through daily Mass and the solemn chanting of the Liturgy of the Hours, and times of quiet prayer given to adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the rosary and lectio divina. Under the rhythm of our monastic observances, we strive to balance many diverse elements: silence and recreation; prayer and work; solitude and the common table; study and community meetings (“Chapter”). Through our life of prayer and penance, we spiritually support the preaching of the other members of the Order in a way which is hidden, yet fruitful in the salvation of souls. We also have a special love for Mary, the Mother of God, as we were founded under her patronage.
A woman must be single, with no children. She should have the desire to consecrate her life to God as a nun, along with a strong attraction to prayer, an attitude of fidelity to the Church, and a love for Sacred Truth. She needs good physical health and psychological maturity for living the common life. She also needs to be free from other responsibilities, such as financial debt and the care of relatives.
Candidates must complete an aspirancy program consisting of two weekend retreats in our extern quarters, followed by a live-in experience within the monastery consisting of two more weekends plus a further extended period of time. Upon entrance, the stages of formation are: postulancy, novitiate, and temporary profession, leading to the final consecration for life of solemn profession. Although a woman in formation participates in many of the common execises of the professed community, she lives in the novitiate under the direction of the novice mistress, and is given special instruction into our way of life as Dominican nuns.
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