Dominican Nuns Participate in Preached Retreat with Master of
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.
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.”
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.
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