During the recent Christmas holidays, I spent a few days in Nashville, Tennessee, visiting my sister, who is a postulant with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia.
I immediately felt at home in the spacious, 19th century Motherhouse. Beautifully decorated for the season, I had the opportunity to meet many postulants, novices and professed sisters, who all seemed to radiate joy and love. I was especially pleased to speak to a sister who is also a certified NFP instructor!
Each day began with Lauds and Mass at the Motherhouse Chapel (newly built in 2005…and open to visitors), then visiting time from 9:30 to noon, noon prayers, lunch, visiting till 4:30, then evening prayer at 7:30 (again open to visitors). I felt welcomed and when we left, I looked forward to returning again. It truly felt like home. And…during visiting hours, we were given our own private parlor to visit privately with my sister.
The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia are one of the fastest growing orders in North America. They are a habit wearing, traditional order. They have also been featured in a beautiful documentary produced by Salt and Light TV.
copyright 2011 Ellen Gable Hrkach