by Sr Tamsin Geach o.p.
‘Father, I think I may be going mad’
‘Have you ever thought of becoming a lay Dominican?’
This is more or less the beginning of my vocation story. I was doing pro-life work full-time, and finding the relentless round of contemplating horror after horror was getting to me. I finally thought: ‘So it’s true that killing babies is wrong, but that is not the Good News of Jesus Christ.’ Something had to be done!
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.
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.
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)
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.