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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Mother Mary Alphonsa Hawthorne, OP
Read a brief biography about this amazing Sister HERE.
Please join our sisters in praying for the healing of our Sr Rosaleen Shaw, OP who is suffering from cancer.
We begin the Novena Prayer asking the intercession of Mother Alphonsa Hawthorne, OP on Saturday, 4th July immediately following the St. Michael prayer after our daily Mass.
Lord God, in your special love for the sick, the poor and the lonely, you raised up Rose Hawthorne (Mother Mary Alphonsa) to be the servant of those afflicted with incurable cancer with no one to care for them. In serving the outcast and the abandoned, she strove to see in them the face of your Son. In her eyes, those in need were always “Christ’s Poor.”
Grant that her example of selfless charity and her courage in the face of great obstacles will inspire us to be generous in our service of neighbor. We humbly ask that you glorify your servant, Rose Hawthorne, on earth according to the designs of your holy will. Through her intercession, grant the favor that I now present (the healing of Sr Rosaleen).
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us! (3 times)
Our Father Hail Mary Glory be to the Father
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.
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.
“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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