Observance



Life according to a rule is often called a life of 'observance'. Our life of observances includes the following: 

Conventual Life-style:  
Our life-style is conventual (monastic). We live in common, sharing our goods, our personal gifts, our recreation, work and prayer. In our prayer-life we maintain the classical monastic practices of Mental Prayer, Lectio Divina and spiritual study. We keep a spirit of silence in the convent to create the right atmosphere for prayer and study, generally taking our meals in silence and observing a Profound Silence during the night hours. We maintain forms of fasting and asceticism which accord with the Church's renewed concepts of religious penance.

Habit:
Following the Dominican custom, we wear a full-length white robe with a black cincture and Rosary, a white scapular and guimp and a long black veil. For liturgical ceremonies and at certain other times, we wear a full-length black cappa (cloak).

Poverty & Simplicity: 
We try to live a simple, poor life which is not always comfortable by the world's standards. Living on the limited stipends given us by the Church for our work in education, we share among us the household and other manual work necessary to our daily life, and we are always conscious of our dependence on the providence of God. We try to identify with the poor and to share generously what God has given us with those who have less resources and greater needs.