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Dominican Nuns Participate in Preached Retreat with Master of the Order

ADRIAN, MI July 10, 2006-- Dominican nuns from monasteries around the US gathered at Weber Center June 29 for the opening of their preached retreat. This year marks the 800th anniversary of the founding of the monastery in Prouilhe, France, by St. Dominic. This first monastery, founded in 1206, is the cornerstone of the Dominican Order and the Dominican Family. Monasteries worldwide are celebrating this anniversary in ways great and small.

Part of the celebrations for the North American monasteries is a special Jubilee Retreat, On Fire with Dominic’s vision, given by the Master of the Order, Father Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP. From June 29-July 8, over 80 nuns from 15 monasteries in North America are gathered at Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus.

The retreat was the first time the North American nuns have assembled for a retreat with the Master of the Order. “Never before has there been such a large number of cloistered Dominican nuns from North America who have come together to praise God and deepen our solidarity,” said Mary Rose, OP, former Prioress of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills, Michigan. “We are making history by having the Master of the Order — Father Carlos — with us, who is Dominic in our midst,” Sister Mary Rose continued. “Father Carlos is the first Master of the Order to preach retreats to the nuns.”

Sister Mary Rose, in gratitude for the hospitality extended by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, presented Donna Markham, OP, Prioress, with two gifts. The first was a basket of perpetual Mass enrollments from every monastery participating in the retreat. “Our gift to you is that every nun in the U.S. will hold you and every Adrian Dominican Sister in her life of prayer,” Sister Mary Rose said. The second gift, in commemoration of this historic retreat, was a 3 ft. x 7 ft. tapestry of St. Catherine by artist John Nava. The tapestry was embroidered in Belgium, and was offered in gratitude to the Adrian Dominican Sisters “from the Dominican nuns of North America on the occasion of the eighth centenary retreat, June 29-July 8, 2006.”

At the conclusion of the retreat, a Solemn Mass of Thanksgiving with Father Carlos was held on Friday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. in Holy Rosary Chapel. A social to meet the Dominican monastery nunsfollowed the Mass. The Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates attended.

The tapestry is on display in Holy Rosary Chapel.

Lori Golaszewki
Office of Communication
Adrian Dominican Sisters

The Dominican nuns offered this tapestry of St. Catherine as a thank-you gift to the Congregation for its hospitality.

Father Carlos Azpiroz Costa, with Sister Donna Markham (center) and Sister Mary Rose, explained that the tapestry was made by artist John Nava.


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