Journeying with God in Kentucky

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

Last weekend several women traveled to the rolling hills of Kentucky to spend a few days with the Dominican Sisters of Peace at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. They came from different states – Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia – but they came with the same purpose. They came in response to the stirring in their hearts. They came sensing that God was inviting them to consider a different path, one of service and purpose. They came with open hearts and minds, ready to pray, share and reflect with the Sisters and with each other about this mysterious call of God.

Our participants for the Come and See weekend were warmly welcomed and enjoyed not only the Motherhouse community and each other, they also enjoyed a tour of St. Catharine College, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, along with a personal tour of the Abbey of Gethsemani – home of the Trappist Monks in Kentucky. One of the highlights of the visit to Gethsemani was our group singing Salve Regina in the main chapel of the monastery. The acoustics were wonderful and it was a Spirit-filled moment for each of us.

Here are just a few comments from some of the retreat participants about the weekend:

“The open discussions were very helpful. I liked the information that was given [on prayer, community, study, ministry – pillars of Dominican life]. It was appropriate and not overwhelming. The prayers were beautiful!” – Andrea P.

“The times of sitting back and journaling and then speaking with a Sister companion were very helpful.” – Mary B.

“The retreat was very enjoyable. I learned about Dominican life. I liked the presentations and the trip to the monastery.” – Michelle G.

“The retreat was very helpful to me because it was very informative about the life of a Sister. I also liked the companionship and individual sharing with each Sister. All of the information shared was very valuable.” – Van Anh H.

I invite you now to enjoy a few pictures from the weekend! Click here!

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6 responses to “Journeying with God in Kentucky

  1. Thanks for the many gifts shared to bring this retreat to fruition. Loved seeing the sisters and retreatants. Now, I am praying for everyone who attended to listen and discern the next step.

  2. I do remember those compline experiences from my late adolescence at the Abbey and also the lectures given by Fr. Matthew Kelty afterwards continuing to educate younger people through a balance of tolerance and continued dedication.
    I have always loved to hear stories and experiences of people seeking a closer walk with the Divine.
    Thank you!

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