Basilica Santa Sabina – UPDATED

Okay, I'll be writing about Rome, and posting pictures for a while--my husband took over 1,000 pictures, thank you, digital cameras!--and I need to write a thorough and public thank you to Danielle and Simcha and Sally for their terrific work while I've been gone, but I know some of you are waiting, so here are a few pictures. On Saturday, after a great deal of nagging from Sr. Mary Catharine, over at Moniales OP, we finally made our way slightly off the beaten path, to the Aventine hill and … [Read more...]

The Force of Her Focus – UPDATED

Marks '10/Kris Snibble (Photosource) Readers may remember a post from the spring, featuring Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10, and her salutatory address, given in Latin, with not a notecard in sight. In this interview with Kathryn Jean Lopez, you can feel the force of her focus; she is like a laser. The cry that the Church is a “dying, loser organization of sinners” echoes down the centuries; it rang out in Christ’s day, it rang out in Luther’s day, and it rings out in ours. The second … [Read more...]

Mary Anne Marks, Harvard '10 -UPDATED

This is really charming, and comes our way thanks to reader Jenny, whose son graduated from Harvard University (motto: Veritas ) last month, with this young woman, Mary Anne Marks. Ms. Marks, a classics and English joint concentrator hailing from Queens, NY, chose to give her salutatory address in Latin; and manages to be engaging and lively with this "dead" language: You can read read the speech, here. Come the fall, this gifted, confident and serene young women will head to Ann Arbor, … [Read more...]

Summit says "Thank you"

Sr. Mary Catherine, OP in the renovated refectory I know many Anchoress readers kindly made donations to the hugely necessary (and beautifully completed) renovations at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Summit, New Jersey. The updated kitchen means the cabinets are no longer falling down as the sisters cook, the ramps and renovated refectory means the community can all eat together, again, and I believe the thriving soap-and-lotion business that helps to keeps them afloat can now … [Read more...]

A Plethora of Nun Pictures – UPDATED

Suspecting that only Carolina Cannonball is more fixated than I on all things nun-ish, I bring you something pretty extraordinary, via Kansas Catholic, four pages (count 'em, four) pages of pictures detailing the solemn professions of eleven Benedictines of Mary, in the Extraordinary Rite: As they are still forming, and in the process of building their monastery, the Benedictines of Mary are not strictly enclosed yet, but you still might call them "old school" Benedictines. Their day-to-day … [Read more...]

Nun News: New Novice!

Our good friends, the Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey (who have added lovely lilac and lilly of the valley scents to their line of soaps and lotions) are celebrating with pizza today as they receive yet another novice to the novitiate and clothe her in monastic habit of the Order of Preachers. The former Sr. Janlyn has taken the name Cecilia, and has brought them music! Sr. Cecilia of the Annunciation, Clothed in Habit I like the Homily of the Prioress, which includes this: Sr. Janlyn … [Read more...]

The New Celibates

How ironic that in a year where religious, and especially priestly, celibacy has been put under a microscope, debated and often excoriated, the secular hipsters in New York City are discovering the power that comes with celibacy: “I had man whiplash,” [Julia Allison] says. “I needed to put my neck in a brace.” She issued a proclamation, writing on her Web site last week, “I decided to codify my unofficial gut reaction of ‘I really don’t feel like dating’ into an official ‘No … [Read more...]

Incredible Catherine of Siena! UPDATED

"If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire" - St. Catherine of Siena Our dear nun-friends at Moniales bring us this video in honor of the incredible St. Catherine of Siena, the Dominican Tertiary and Doctor of the Church whose remarkable life gives lie to the silly charge that the Catholic church has held women back: Write the nuns: Her writings, The Dialogue and The Letters of St. Catherine are easily available in excellent translations and well worth taking the time … [Read more...]

I Am a Sinful Woman

All who have embarked on true contrition and penance for the sins they have committed, and are firmly resolved not to [repeat those sins] in the future, but to persevere constantly in that pursuit of virtues which they have now begun, all these become sharers in this holy and eternal sacrifice. - from a commentary on the psalms by St. John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr Jesus, Son of the Living God, have mercy on me, the sinner. Lent was going so well -or at least I thought it was. I had been … [Read more...]

To Heaven with a Handbasket!

Maybe it's because this winter feels like it is never going to end, but I am already itching to get my hands into a little dirt, and so this great idea from the Summit Dominican Nuns is singing to me! Write the sisters: If you are a gardener you know how dirty, dry and cut your hands can get even if you are wearing gloves! And admit it, don’t you often prefer sinking your hands into the earth during planting season? This is actually a giant bone of contention between me and my husband. … [Read more...]

'In the midst of life, we are in death…"

And in the midst of death, we are in life. Over at Summit, NJ, the Dominican Nuns of Our Lady of the Rosary Monastery are in life and death, all the time. You can't spend your days processing in and out of choir seven times a day to join the Angels in adoration and praise, without getting a seriously wholistic view of it all. But this week, especially, we see the literal life-in-death paradox (which, really, is true in all our lives) at work. This past weekend saw the nuns celebrating the … [Read more...]

Dominican Sisters on Oprah

Novices in chapel, observed by Oprah's crew The Dominican Sisters of Mary will be featured on Oprah Winfrey's show tomorrow, and the gals were kind enough to send along an exclusive picture from the crew's visit to their Ann Arbor Motherhouse. They have more pictures here. A peek at her teaser for the Tuesday show (H/T the Deac) indicates that the Sisters will share the hour with a look at the "the word's only Western Geisha." One serves God and thereby all of humanity, one serves a single … [Read more...]

Oprah, Sisters of Mary, Haiti & Random Stuff -UPDATED

Sisters after making Perpetual Profession I was busy with other work this morning, and so Thomas Peters beat me to it, and he has exclusive pics, darn him! Our friends the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist -about whom I have written many times, most recently in this vocations update will be featured on the Oprah Winfrey show, (tentatively scheduled for February 9). Apparently Oprah's crew was in Ann Arbor yesterday, filming on the premises and talking to some sisters, and … [Read more...]

Pier Giorgio Frassati; Vampire Slayer?

In pop culture, Vampires are currently (again) all the rage, and Fr. Z makes the amusing and not so off-base observation that this icon of our dear friend, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, looks a bit like a vampire slayer. The Dominican Tertiary from Italy is actually shown holding his rosary and his beloved skis, but I thought it was amusing, just the same. And since we know (in fact we have the pictures to prove it) that Pier Giorgio had a wonderful sense of humor, I bet he'd find it amusing, … [Read more...]