The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist is based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. They are a new order that arose from Pope John Paul II’s call for a new evangelization. They are devout and orthodox in our Catholic faith which explains why the average age of a nun is 26 and they are already turning back inquiries since they are packed to capacity in their new convent.
They recently made an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show this past Tuesday, February 9. I’ve only seen some of the show online and my assumptions were validated. That being they were knowledgeable about our faith, energetically orthodox, and calm in their disposition.
I strongly advice you to watch all four videos that I have been able to track down of the entire show. Some of the videos have a few seconds where the digital relay distorts the picture, but the sound is not disturbed.
Part I: I love hearing the sisters talk about their faith unapologetically, ie, you hear “God called me”, “I am married to Jesus Christ”, etc, etc. Simply beautiful!
Part II: Oprah challenges them living without sex and the two beautiful souls that are nuns answer her charitably and correctly that that is not what defines them. At the end of Part II I love Mother Assumpta’s answer to being called to religious life, ‘by default we are called to be mothers, but sometimes we get the call to be nuns.’ Watch the video.
Part III: This portion moves me more deeply simply because Sister Maria Catherine used to be a parishioner in my church and is a friend still today. An incredibly beautiful woman and extraordinarily bright, she wrestled for years about her vocation and I have not seen her as happy as she appears in this give and take with Oprah. Simply beautiful.
Part IV: Lisa Ling said something you would never hear in a million years on secular television, that religious life is actually “liberating”. The entire show was even-handed and surprisingly it showed a very positive picture of religious life.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist is a Catholic community of women religious. Their community was founded in the Dominican tradition, as a response to Pope John Paul II’s call for new religious foundations to embody the graces of the New Evangelization of the third millennium Church.
Through profession of the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, along with a contemplative emphasis on Eucharistic adoration and Marian devotion, their community exists for the salvation of souls and the building of the Church throughout the world.
Their foundation, thus, draws from the dynamism of the “new”, the vitality of the New Evangelization, and the rich heritage of the “old”, the cherished tradition of the Order of Preachers. While they espouse the impetus of Pope John Paul’s exhortation, Vita Consecrata: “…the church needs the spiritual and apostolic contribution of a renewed and revitalized consecrated life…”, they cling to the time-tested charism of our holy father, St. Dominic, and the Dominican Family that follow in his footsteps today.
They are consecrated women first, and so their foremost model is Mary, the Mother of God. Inspired by the spirit and energy of St. Dominic, their prayer comes first so that their apostolic work overflows from a contemplation nourished before the Eucharist.
Their apostolate as spiritual mothers, follows upon the “old” of preaching and teaching the Truth in order to gain souls for the Kingdom of Christ. They fully embrace the demands of our culture and society today, giving “new” voice and flesh to the Gospel, which they carry to all those they meet.
While their Motherhouse is in Ann Arbor, Michigan, their apostolic endeavors frequently bring them to other parts of the United States and beyond.