The Dominican Sisters of St Joseph

The congregation of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph contributes to the mission of the Order of Preachers by preaching and teaching the Catholic Faith, in communion with and under the supervision of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

The sisters’ apostolate of explicit proclamation of the Gospel flows from a common life of prayer, study and monastic observances, centred on the liturgical celebration of the mystery of Christ.

Public Masses across England, Wales and Scotland are to be suspended indefinitely amid the coronavirus outbreak; however you are welcome to join us for prayer through our livestream below.

Scroll down for our SACRED TRIDUUM schedule and hymn sheets.

Sacred Triduum Schedule

🔷 Maundy Thursday 🔷

5pm – Rosary
7:30pm – Holy Mass (Booklet: Maundy Thursday 2020)

🔷 Good Friday 🔷

7am – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
11am – Stations of the Cross
12:40pm – Midday Prayer
3pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion (Booklet: Good Friday 2020)
8pm – Compline

🔷 Holy Saturday 🔷

7am – Office of Readings and Morning Prayer
11am – Reflection on Holy Saturday (Sr Carino)
12:40pm – Midday Prayer
3pm – 2nd talk/reflection by a sister (TBD)
5pm – Evening Prayer
8:30pm – The Great Easter Vigil (Booklet: Easter Vigil 2020)

🔷 Easter Sunday 🔷

7am – Morning Prayer
11am – Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord

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The whole life of the sisters is harmoniously ordered to preserving the continual remembrance of God. By the celebration of the Eucharist and the Divine Office, by reading and meditating on the Sacred Scriptures, by private prayer, and by study, they should strive to have the same mind as Christ Jesus.

Let them earnestly seek the face of the Lord and never cease making intercession with the God of our salvation that all men and women might be saved. They should give thanks to God the Father who has called them out of darkness into His wonderful light. Let Christ, who was fastened to the cross for all, be fast-knit to their hearts.”

Constitutions of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, 57.II

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We live together under one roof, pray together, eat at one table and share everything in common so that we have nothing that we can call ‘our own’. The source of our communion is the Eucharist, celebrated daily. Charity is the purpose of our life as religious sisters. The love of God we have received is lived freely in the love we have for one another in community.

“Like the Church of the Apostles, our communion is founded, built up and made firm in the one Spirit. It is in the Spirit that we receive the Word from God the Father with one faith, contemplate Him with one heart, and praise Him with one voice. In Him we are made one body, share in the one bread, and finally hold all things in common.”

– Constitutions of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph, 3,I.

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Study is for us Dominicans a means to seek and come to contemplate God who reveals himself through his Word to our intelligence illumined by Faith. The gifts of the Holy Spirit also help us to raise the eyes of our mind to God.

Study is also a means to love our neighbours. We do not study for ourselves, but for the sake of those we are called to serve and help discover the treasure of the Catholic Faith.

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“The brethren of the Order, “commissioned entirely for spreading abroad the word of God”, fulfil their vocation primarily by preaching. The sisters of our Congregation are called to participate in the Order’s task of evangelisation for their listen to the word, celebrate it and keep it in their hearts (Cf Lk 2:18), and in this way proclaim the Gospel of God by the example of their lives and the various ministries to which they are assigned.”

Constitutions of the Dominican Sisters of St Joseph

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It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.

St. John Paul II