Newly Formed Association
of Dominican Nuns Holds First Meeting
DATELINE [November 27, 2006] The first meeting of a newly created
association of Dominican Monasteries was held November 1-6, Elmira
NY. The meeting marks the beginning of a new chapter in Dominican
monastic life in the US. The group of nine monasteries is an outgrowth
of a continuing process that has evolved over the last 25 years.
The Conference of Dominican Nuns was formed in 1975 and functioned
to enable exchange among the monasteries and provided for collaborative
efforts especially in the areas of formation, intercommunication
and finances. In 2000, CICLSAL (the Congregation for Institutes
of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life ) called for
a formalization of the collaboration the nuns had developed and
since then, the nuns have worked to effect that request.
On May 27, 2006, CICLSAL issued the decree of erection of the
Association of the Monasteries of Nuns of the Order of Preachers
in the United States of America, and confirmed the
Association Statutes. The first meeting of the Association Council
took place at the Monastery of Mary the Queen, Elmira, NY.
The purpose of the Association, as described in its Statutes, is
“to foster the monastic, contemplative life of the member
monasteries in the spirit of St. Dominic, and at the same time to
support and strengthen the spirit of cooperation and communion among
The new Association is a continuation of the oringial Conference
and its good works, which include two publications: Association
Sharings (newsletter) and Dominican Monastic Search
(an annual journal of theology and spirituality). In addition, meetings
for novice mistresses and prioresses take place; and a program for
ongoing formation within the monasteries is pursued. The association
is also sponsoring a number of projects for the celebration of our
The Association Council members include:President , Sr. Mary John,
OP (Lufkin), Vice-President, Sr. Mary Rose, OP (Farmington Hills),
Secretary, Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart, OP (Menlo Park), Councillor,
Sr. Mary Martin, OP (Summit), Councillor, Sr. David Marie, OP (Elmira).
The Treasurer, Sr. Maria Christine (Menlo Park) was also present
although she is not a voting member of the Council. Likewise, Fr.
Dominic Izzo, OP (St. Joseph's Province) the priest-consultant,
The Association Monasteries include: Corpus Christi Monastery,
Bronx, NY; Monastery of Mary the Queen, Elmira, NY; Monastery of
the Blessed Sacrament, Farmington Hills, MI; Monastery of the Immaculate
Heart of Mary, Lancaster, PA; Monastery of the Angels, Los Angeles,
CA; Monastery of the Infant Jesus, Lufkin, TX; Corpus Christi Monastery,
Menlo Park, CA; Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, Summit, NJ;
and Rosary Monastery, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Two other monasteries
are affiliated with the Association: Monastere Notre-Dame du Rosaire,
Berthierville, PQ, Canada and Monastery of St. Jude, Marbury, AL.
Monasteries who have opted not to join the Association can still
join if they wish.
For further information contact: Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart, O.P.,
Corpus Christi Monastery, 215 Oak Grove Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025,
Sr. Mary Martin, OP (Summit)