During this past month of May our several of our sisters have been out and about, not only with our ongoing apostolate, but also for their own continuing formation. Two highlights of the past month included a ten-day formation course from the National (U.S.) Religious Vocations Conference (NRVC) for those involved in vocation ministry -- in collaboration with Vocations Ireland, and a two week course on spiritual direction at St John's Seminary in Wonersh.

The NRVC course in Ireland on vocation ministry was immensely helpful and enjoyable for our sisters -- an intense time of formation and fellowship with other religious, and a great joy to see such hope for the future of consecrated life in the Church. We give thanks to our Lord Jesus Christ for the many blessings bestowed on our time in Ireland and pray for its continued fruition in our community and in the Church through the intercession of our Blessed Mother Mary.

Also, during our time in Ireland we were invited to spend a gorgeous (though unsurprisingly rainy) day in Roscrae at the Cistercian Mount St Joseph Abbey. A fellow participant on the course, Br. Malachy, was our most amiable host and tour guide during our stay there. If you ever have the chance to visit, go! We can't recommend this place and the fantastic community enough!

Have a look inside Mount St Joseph's through the camera lens of one of our sisters:

N.B.: That book is over 800 years old!! (And for all that may be fretting at the sight of human hands touching those precious pages, please know that the monks were informed by a rather highly qualified archivist that bare hands would not damage it.)

Augustinian approved! :-)

For more photos of this beautiful place, click here.

And finally for a couple of photos from our sisters during their stay in Athlone, have a look below and here for more.

This view nearly every day... the River Shannon, Athlone Castle... breathtaking!

And a trip to Ireland wouldn't be complete without an Irish Coffee -- thanks to the kind man in the lobby who offered us such a delicious beverage!

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And now on to St John's seminary! We've just finished our first week of formation in spiritual direction and are back home at the priory for the weekend -- and the great Solemnity of Pentecost! This past week has been a wonderful experience for us! Feeding that Dominican charism of study and contemplation, as well as putting it into action with our afternoon practicums! So far, so good -- and as you can see (though not everyone is pictured) we're happy campers, especially with this superb view from the seminary roof!

Please continue to keep our priests and seminarians in your prayers, especially during this month of June, the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.