MY CALL, MY VOCATION: to give him my life “lock, stock and barrel”

Sr. Mary Valery Walker OP

At the time I was born my Father was the Catholic, my Mother was not.  A year or so later, after the birth of my first sister, Gillian, my Mother became a Catholic.  So I grew up in a practising Catholic family; a family that went regularly to Mass on Sundays, said night and morning prayers (not always together), went sometimes to Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

When I started primary school, it was a convent junior day school, of the Daughters of Wisdom, a French foundation.  I loved them very much, especially Sr. Angela.  It was in their chapel that our family attended Mass each Sunday.

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"Have but one soul and one heart in God."

PART  II of the clothing ceremony

After the reception of the habit and greetings by the Prioress General & the Community:

Having come this far I commit you now to the care of your novice mistress Sister Angela Mary who will assist you in adapting to our Dominican way of life by studying and observing the Rule and Constitutions.

However, I cannot let the saint of the day go unmentioned because St Vincent de Paul has a timely message for novices and all of us, especially as regards the priority of charity. 

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‘To do God’s will’

Vocation story by Sr  M.Jadwiga

I was at school with two different lots of Sisters for about eight years, but it never entered my head to become one myself. After Higher School Certificate  I went up to University to read sciences, and thought about eventual research into some form of agriculture, but as in the first year of the (then) 4 year course at Keele (it opened the year I went up with c.155 students)  I changed to arts subjects, that idea went out of the window.

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'A liturgical pilgrimage' Reception of the Habit 27th September 2018

by Sr M. Pauline Burling (Prioress General of our Congregation)

PART I:Address to the novices to be at the beginning of the Clothing Ceremony.

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine let him renounce himself (herself) and take up his cross and follow me.  For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, will save it.” (Mark 8:34/5)

Postulants kneel 'What do you seek?' 'Gods mercy and yours.'

On 12 September you entered our Novitiate House formally prior to receiving the Dominican habit.  In bygone decades you would have been called postulants because during these 15 days of preparation - much shortened, of course, when compared to 6 (9) months some of us present had.  Hopefully with the graces received, and possibly increased during your retreat, you may be even more resolved to ask (postulate) for the Dominican habit and thereby start the Novitiate proper.

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Disponibilité: My life as a Sister of the Stone Congregation

A Talk given at the Dominican Seminar by Sr Tamsin Mary

My community – which is small - decamped en masse to our Mother House at Stone for Christmas.  A certain sister there who is in her eighties took my breath away as she outlined her programme for the next few days.  She would be taking part in an ecumenical walk singing carols through the town on Christmas Eve.  Then she would be playing the flute at a Mass for Children in the evening in Stone, and then she would be playing again at the main Mass on Christmas morning in another parish. 

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To Praise, To Bless, To Preach.