Feast of St. Gregory the Great – UPDATED

The Dominican Nuns of Summit, NJ, (the great soap and hand creme nuns and best lipbalm evah) announce the arrival of another new postulant into their growing novitiate. Although Sr. Janlyn arrived to their house on the feastday of St. Dominic, they’ve announced her today, on the Feast of St. Gregory the Great.

This seems fitting, actually, since their new postulant is a trained vocalist who will add much to the nun’s daily chanting.

Since we credit St. Gregory the Great with the Gregorian Chant which still reverberates within cloister walls, if not so much in our churches, anymore, it all seems to tie-in together, nicely, doesn’t it?

And here are our friends, the Carmelite Monks of Wyoming (makers of the world’s best coffee, evah) to demonstrate some excellent chant (which you can also buy at their site)!

UPDATE: I almost forgot, the Summit Nuns have also gotten back seriously into publishing and have just released two new titles: Fast-Knit to Christ; Dominican Contemplative Nuns, a very enjoyable collection of essays and photographs surveying this hidden life of prayer, and the reissued, The Contemplative Life, by Fr. Thomas Philippe, OP. I have no had the time to read this yet -why do days run so fast- but you can take peeks of both books at the links.

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  • Signe

    Two of your favorite Monks were on EWTN Live with Fr. Mitch last night. Thoroughly enjoyable. I’m finally going to get some of their coffee.

  • http://www.observantromancatholic.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    I have been ordering the Mystic Monk coffee for quite some time, and it’s delicious. I wish I could find out more about the “monks” themselves and their origins. They don’t seem to be associated with the Carmelite Orders, either OCD or O.Carm., both of which have their origins at Mount Carmel in the Holy Land. The men in these orders are known as Friars, not monks. They are mendicants. Both the OCDs and the O.Carm. branches have cloistered nuns, but not cloistered men. Do you have any information on how the Mystic Monks fit into that picture? Just wondering.

    [Here is additional background. Unless I am wrong history has seen Carmelite hermits and monks, before, but not recently. -admin]

  • http://www.observantromancatholic.blogspot.com/ Ruth Ann

    Thank you. That link helps.

    As a Lay Carmelite with an interest in Church history, especially that of the Carmelites, I like to know how we are all related.

    Yes, the Carmelites originated as hermits (not monks) on Mount Carmel, but they had to move, due to historical circumstances, to Europe. It was there that they became Friars as directed by Church authorities.

  • JIm Hicks

    I also saw them on EWTN Wednesday night and really enjoyed the program. The interview with Fr. Mitch was good. They pointed out the difference of them -selves as monks rather than friars.

    Theirs is a growing order. Let us continue to pray that they get the land they need so building expansion can continue to meet the increase of members.


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