Our celebration of the feast of St Catherine is always a very joyful occasion for our community but this year our joy was even greater than usual – on the eve of the feast we welcomed Cathy into our community as a postulant. The postulants participate in the common life of the community and the novitiate and are gradually introduced to our monastic contemplative way of life.

Cathy received much of her spiritual formation from the Legion of Mary – a lay apostolic organisation founded in Dublin by Frank Duff – while as a member of the Legion she generously dovoted much of her free time to aposolic work. Her many friends in the Legion supported and encouraged her in her decision to embrace the way of life of a Dominican Nun. It is interesting that many of our sisters were members of the Legion of Mary before we entered the monastery. While no longer actively engaged in apostolic work we dovote ourselves totally to God while, following the example of our father Dominic, we bear in our hearts the joys and hopes of all people – especially the poor, lonely, the down-trodden and afflicted.

While we give thanks to God for Cathy’s presence among us we pray that she will have companion postulants in the near future.

Now we are excited as we look forward to Sr Niamh’s solemn profession on the 31st of May. We hope to have a live webcast for those who are interested in following the ceremony which will take place during the celebration of the Eucharist. More details later.