|Angelus : a prayer recalling the announcement of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, her "yes" to the plan of God, and the mystery of Christ's incarnation, passion, and resurrection.
||Cell : the room in which each nun prays, studies, and sleeps. Characterized by an austere simplicity, is a privileged place of encounter with Christ, especially in the practice of lectio divina.|
|Community : The rule of Saint Benedict specifies that a monk lives in a monastery, guided by a superior called both Father and Abbot. The superior of a smaller monastery may be called a "prior" or "prioress".
Enclosure: the sacred space wherein we live, work and pray. Enclosure fosters our attention to God in silence and the quality of our life together as sisters. It assures our permanent availability for the corporate work of the liturgy: the praise of God.
|Formation : a time of about eight years during which a young woman discerns the call of the Lord and is helped to respond to it by preparing for monastic profession and consecration.
The postulancy, a first stage, allows the young woman and the community to verify her call to monastic life.
|The novitiate is a period of two years during which the young sister studies the Bible, the Sacred Liturgy, the Rule of Saint Benedict and the Constitutions of our Congregation.
The novitiate leads to temporary profession: vows made for five years. After temporary profession, the young sister is integrated more fully into the life of the community. At the end of her formation, the young Sister pronounces vows of obedience, stability, and conversion of life, according to the Rule of Saint Benedict and the Constitutions of our Congregation, and receives the solemn monastic consecration.
|Lectio Divina: an essential practice of the monastic life. One hears the Word by reading the Scriptures, repeats it, turns it into prayer and, in silence and adoration, remains present to God who, by his Spirit, makes the Word fruitful in all of life.|
|Divine Office: the Opus Dei or Work of God, also called the Liturgy of the Hours. We pray the 150 psalms over a two week period and assemble daily for:
|On Saturday evening and on the eve of great feasts we celebrate a solemn Office of Vigils culminating in the proclamation of the Gospel by the prioress.|
|Oratory: a place of prayer. It may refer to the monastery church or to a solitary room set aside for personal prayer.|
|Rule of Saint Benedict: A little book of seventy-three chapters written by Saint Benedict in the 6th century for the monks with whom he lived. The Rule of Saint Benedict emphasizes a listening heart, obedience, silence, humility. It organizes our life and work around the praise of God in the Divine Office. It shapes our monastic life by calling us to live with one another in patience, moderation, and the practice of mercy.||Paschal Triduum: the heart of the liturgical year beginning with the celebration of the Lord's Supper on Maudy Thursday and ending with the glorious Vespers of the Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Through the unfolding of sacred rites rich in symbols, the Paschal Triduum makes present the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Christ. We recall the great moments of the Paschal Triduum weekly
- by keeping a holy hour of vigil before the Blessed Sacrament on Thursday evening;
- by marking Friday with more silence and solitude;
- by celebrating a solemn Office of Vigils on Saturday evening.
|The same Paschal Mystery is made more concrete in our Benedictine life by welcoming into our monasteries women with fragile health or a physical handicap along side of those in good health. This is for us a privileged way of letting the Mystery of the Cross shine forth.|
|A monastic congregation of "pontifical right" has monasteries in more than one diocese and depends directly on the Holy See.