Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary

Spirituality and Prayer


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A Sister prays in the Chapel


Our work, our apostolate, is prayer.
The order of our day enhances and enables our life of intensive prayer.
The discipline of our spirituality helps us to be open
to the presence of our Lord,
free to respond to His call, open to receive His love.


Sisters' Choir Here is the heart of our monastery, our Chapel and the Choir.

We gather here several times during the day to celebrate the Eucharist and to pray the Liturgy of Hours, joining the great prayer of the Church as it flows to God in worship from every part of the earth. Here we pray the Rosary, hour by hour, before the Blessed Sacrament.

The one thing necessary is for people to bear witness
to the glory of God's love for the world, witnessing
through adoration and adoring through witness.
Hans Urs von Balthasar




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The Evangelical Counsels

Our vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, are gifts that free us to belong to God. They impoverish and enrich us; living the vows we become empty before the mystery of the Triune God, open to receive His love, more available for His service and His people.
Sacristan marks the Lectionary Our Poverty places us in the state of disposability before the power of God. Unencumbered by abundance of material possessions, we are free to respond to God's call at any moment.

Vowing Chastity for the sake of the Kingdom is our loving response to Jesus' invitation: Leave all things and follow me.

By our Obedience we offer the full surrender of our will as a sacrifice of ourselves to God. In this we imitate Mary, the Mother of Jesus, whom He declared blessed because she heard the word of God and kept it.



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The Rule

We follow the Rule of St. Augustine, which begins, Let us love God above all things, dearest Sisters, then our neighbor, for these are the chief commandments given to us. It is here that our work for God begins. In consecrating our lives to God, we declare our faith in His love for us, in the love that brought about our salvation through the passion, death, and resurrection of His Son Jesus.

Contemplative monasteries are like the spires of the earthly Church,
like a pennant high up, blowing freely in God's wind,
declaring the love of God over all the land.
Hans Urs von Balthasar

The spiritual life of a monastic community embraces every moment of the day. The Dominican charism of study deepens our relationship with God. As preachers of the Word, however silent, we read and ponder Scripture daily. We develop the habit of reflecting on whatever we read, from theological presentations and Church documents to Scripture commentaries, literature, and current events.

We read newspapers and news magazines to remain prayerfully aware of what is happening to people in the world around us.
A Sister prays in the Choir


Our prayer apostolate reaches far beyond the boundaries imposed by our cloister and our limited "hands on" contact with other people. Prayer exists always, extends everywhere. Everything that happens in the world concerns us, from the sick child across the street, to the friend struggling with mortal illness, to our Dominican Brothers and Sisters active in far-flung missions, to global leaders and the events driving the religious, economic, social, and cultural well being of the world today.


I can only place myself faithfully before God
and offer the fullness of my being and my resources
so that I can be, there where God awaits me,
the link between this action of God and the world.
Cardinal Yves Congar, O.P.




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The Perpetual Rosary of our name means that one Sister always is present to God, listening for His voice, praying for His people, proclaiming His merciful love for them by her silent witness to His Kingdom in their midst.

In addition to community and private prayer, each Sister prays the Rosary during one hour of the day and perhaps a second hour at night. She prays the entire 15-decade Rosary, meditating on the mysteries of Christ's life in the company of His Mother Mary.
Praying the Rosary


As we ponder the Rosary mysteries, the mysteries of our faith, we are mindful of Our Lord's presence, of His promise to be with His people always, of the hope and love He offers everyone.

We are present to Him on behalf of you and of each person who asks for prayers. You may be family members or close friends we know well. Possibly you are friends we know only by name or need. Sometimes you simply call, seeking support, comfort, courage as you struggle with anxieties, sorrows, and fears that come to all of us during our lifetime. Or you may want to share the joys and celebrations, the good news of your day.

We invite you to call on us for prayers any time, by telephone, letter, or e-mail. Prayer is our life. We remember to God all of you who visit our web site, and will be happy to include your special intentions in our prayers.

Prayer Intentions


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