The first week of November is a time when we especially remember our deceased loved ones. That's why in the early evening of November 2, on the day of Remembrance of the Faithful Dead, we went together to the Bubeneč cemetery, where we prayed for our deceased sister Josefa (although rather she has been praying for us before God's face for a long time :D). We then also visited the graves of other loved ones of ours who are buried in this cemetery, for example the grave of the parents of sister Pavla, O. Karel Dománek SJ, prof. Vodrážka, Dr. Med, Sr. Agnes III OP. and others whom we lovingly remember in prayer. In the following days, some sisters had the opportunity to visit the graves of our loved ones in other cemeteries, to light a candle or decorate them with wreaths made by us. Here, take a look at some of the photos taken on the occasion.
On October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the new Apostolic Nuncio in the Czech Republic, His Excellency Jude Thaddeus Okolo, visited our community. After the Holy Mass, he first greeted personally all the people in our chapel, whom he invited to take a photo together, and then accepted our invitation to breakfast. The meeting with the community took place in a very cordial and cheerful atmosphere, and we learned a lot of interesting things about his native country, Nigeria, its people, universities and the life of the Church there. We even managed to find his parents' and brother's house on the aerial map! You can see photos from this very nice meeting here.
On October 5, our sister Růžena celebrated her 53rd birthday. The celebration was done "in style" :D, in addition to the birthday cake with nuts and fruits, there were even "bubbles" (sparkling wine) thanks to our generous benefactors! As a gift, in addition to our prayers and the Holy Mass, which was celebrated in her intention, Růženka also received her favorite dried figs. Here you can take a look at a few photos, from which you will understand how happy such a gift made her. And please don't forget to pray for her and all of us!
On September 30, we remember a great saint, Doctor of the Church from the turn of the 4th and 5th centuries, the author of the most famous translation of the Bible into Latin (Vulgate), Saint Jerome. This day was therefore especially suitable for our sisters Diana, Jacka, Kateřina and Pavla to receive the ministry of lectoress from the hands of brother Lukáš Fošum, provincial of the Czech Dominican Province. Please continue to pray for the newly appointed lecturers and for all our community, so that the Word which goes forth from God's mouth does not return to God without succeeding in the matter for which He sent it, but bears abundant fruit among us (cf. Isa 55, 11) Several photos taken during the ceremony can be viewed here.
Friday October 7, on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Mass at 7:45 a.m. in our chapel will be celebrated by the new apostolic nuncio in Czech Reublic, archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo. You are welcomed!
On Saturday, January 1, 2022, the grandmother of our recently deceased sister Josefa, Mrs. Zdenka Stretti, the wife of the famous painter Mario Stretti, died at the age of a respectable 102 years. We will always remember with love and a smile her life's optimism, wisdom, and young spirit. Here you can see her obituary, and a photo from her funeral, which was attended by sisters Kateřina and Jacka on behalf of our community.
Sisters Kateřina, Pavla, Jacka and Růžena spent four days (September 12-15, 2021) in Slovakia during the visit of Pope Francis. On Sunday afternoon we arrived at Bratislava railway station where we were met by Sister Rajmunda from the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Bl. Imelda. She took us to Dunajská Lúžná where the Sisters welcomed us with great kindness and during our whole stay in Slovakia they were our generous hosts.
On Monday morning we went to Bratislava with several other sisters, and there we attended the meeting of the Holy Father with priests and religious in the Cathedral of St. Martin. Sisters Kateřina and Pavla, together with the Slovak Dominicans, had tickets to the cathedral, while Růžena and Jacka remained in the nice company of our father Benedikt in the sector in front of the entrance to the cathedral where they could watch the events inside on the screen and listen to the Pope's prophetic speech (recommended!). They also received a huge privilege there, because after leaving the cathedral, the Holy Father came to greet them in person. Here you can see their great joy! The Holy Father seemed very relaxed and cheerful, making fun of the sisters for escaping the enclosure, thanking them for prayer, and reminding them to pray with faith!
On Tuesday, sisters Kateřina, Pavla and Růžena spent the day partly walking around Bratislava, while Jacka rode a borrowed bicycle to the Gabčíkovo dam and along the bike road around the Danube to Bratislava. In the afternoon, we all met in Bratislava for lunch at our sister Pavla's sister, where also her other relatives came to greet us.
On Wednesday, at half past three in the morning, we said goodbye to the sisters in Dunajská Lúžná and, together with several sisters, brothers and local parishioners, we took a bus to Šaštín to take part in a solemn mass with the Pope. We waited for his arrival several hours in the sector for consecrated persons, and we spent the time in many nice meetings with brothers and sisters of various religious communities, with the prayer of the rosary, and with the common prayer of the Lauds. Around a quarter to ten, a special car of Pope Francis appeared in the distance, and was driving through the whole area for about half an hour, so that the Pope could greet believers in all sectors. The highlight of the meeting was the solemn mass from the solemnity of Our Lady of Sorrows, the main patron of Slovakia. After it ended, we went to the railway station and in the evening, full of joyful impressions and experiences, we returned to Prague.
The whole "expedition" was a great encouragement and spiritual boost for us, it filled us with great gratitude, gave us new stimuli for meditation and prayer, and we hope that it will help us pray even more intensely for the Holy Father, the whole Church and for our Dominican family. You can see some photos from our "Slovak adventure" here.
During 2020, we again received from you, our friends and benefactors, a number of financial, material, spiritual, and other gifts, such as various services, etc. We are really grateful for your help and support, which is a great encouragement for us on our path. We would especially like to thank those of you to whom we could not express our gratitude in person, all those anonymous or unknown donors to whom we can only thank in this way. Your generosity takes our breath away. Of course, we include you in our prayers every day. The Sunday Mass is offered for your intentions in our monastery chapel every first Sunday of the month.
Due to current anti-epidemic measures, the number of participants in our services is limited to 3 people (excluding sisters and priest). Other hygienic measures remain (spacing, mandatory drapes and hand disinfection).