Who we are
We are community of
the nuns of the Order of Preachers, of which there are many. We
belong to a large family founded 800 years ago, by St. Dominic,
of which we are the contemplative branch.
The Order of Preachers was
instituted "especially for preaching and the salvation of souls”
(Primitive Constitutions of the Order), its task is “the
proclamation of the Word of God, preaching the name of our Lord
Jesus Christ throughout the world” (Pope Honorius III at 18th
January 1222). Members of the different branches of the Order
(friars, nuns, sisters of miscellaneous Dominican congregations,
members of secular institutes, laity etc.) share in a common
service to proclaim the Word of God in various ways.
The rank of nuns is in the deepest heart of the Dominican order.
Their main duty is to hear God's word, ponder it and call upon
him in solitude so that “the word proceeding from the mouth of
God may not return to him empty, but may accomplish those things
for which it was sent”(cf. Is. 55,10). Nuns praise and celebrate
the Lord in the name of whole humanity and also ask the Lord to
bring every human into salvation. Like Moses standing on the
mountain in front of the Lord with raised hands, while Israel
fought to Amalek (Ex 17, 8 fol.) the nuns help the preaching of
the brothers and sisters of our Order by all their hidden life
in God's presence. Sharing the common
in love and forgiveness in their community, having
“one mind and heart in God” (Acts 4,32), they are a sign of
God's grace and love to the world, the sign of reconciliation of
all things in Christ, they are "holy preaching" (the people
called the first cloister of our Order in Prouilhe like
that we celebrated 800th anniversary of its foundation in
of Praha - Lysolaje monastery
pretty short. At present we are six nuns, aged between 45 and 70
years. We are a contemplative community. Our seventh sister, who is on the far right in the photo, recently followed her Lord to his glory. Our lives are initially
devoted to common and private prayers
and then to study and work
. We work
for our subsistence but also for The Order, Church and last but
not least we do our housework. Whatever we do, we do in our
monastery. We don't serve at hospitals, schools, parishes etc.
Our website will tell you more about us, about our environment
and also about some miscellaneous face-to-face encounters with
people outside of our community. Maybe you would like to visit a
mass or common prayer in our chapel
or maybe you would be willing to trust
us to prayer
about some of your problems.
On this link
you will find a video that our friend Alena Zavadilová made about our community some time ago.