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Our life as Dominican, Cloistered, Contemplative Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary is a joyful, balanced one of prayer, work and relaxation. As daughters of the Church, we are faithful to the magisterium. The rhythm of our life is one, that is regulated by the liturgical cycle and by the Rule of St. Augustine, Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers and our own Monastery Directory.

Our day begins early with Morning Prayer at 6: AM, followed by Holy Mass, thanksgiving and breakfast. After cleanup, we continue with the Liturgy of the Hour of Readings which sets the day's feast. Three hours of work follow until 11:50 AM at which time we engage in assigned duties: kitchen, laundry, book keeping, infirmary, sacristy, door, phone, sewing, cleaning, gardening, calligraphy, correspondence, and other miscellaneous work. Through all this time the Rosary Hour of Guard goes on by the appointed Sisters to pray for all the intentions that come to us by way of phone, mail, Email, or by way of news. In the afternoon, another work period continues from after Midafternoon Prayer at 3:00 PM until 4:45 PM.

Our meals at 12:00 and at 6:00 PM are taken in common. Following a long-standing monastic tradition , we eat in silence while we listen to selections of Scripture, Constitutions and some other book or newsletter of interest. On Sundays and special feasts, we utilize music tapes/CDs. All the Sisters that can, help out with dishes and cleanup. At this time the community comes alive with chatter and laughter. At 1:30 PM, we retire to our individual cells or rooms for a time of silence, solitude, Lectio Divina, rest or other personal needs.

Besides the individual one-hour rosary prayer time, we have common recitation of the five decades of the Rosary for the intentions of the benefactors, prior to Evening Prayer which is always sung. Then another period of private meditation follows.

A longer period of recreation follows supper and dishes until 8:00 PM when we sing Night Prayer and retire for the night.

The rule of Papal Enclosure obliges us to live within the confines of the monastery about. six acres of land which is surrounded by a fence. We go out for medical purposes and for other business that cannot be otherwise be done. Shopping is primarily done by good volunteers, or by phone or mail. Being in the world but not of the world, we make use of the modern means of communication, such as phone, TV, DVD, internet, and fax machine in a very controlled way. Our families can write, visit or call on a monthly basis and friends less often.

Our main sources of income are our own work, such as, making of altar linens, rosaries, calligraphy, enrollment to our Perpetual Prayer Society, selling of religious articles and, most of all, the good will donations of generous friends.

We are strategically located two miles outside of Lancaster city, just North of Route 30 on Lititz Pike also known as Route 501.

Quotations

He causes his prayers to be of more avail to himself, who offers them also for others.
St. Gregory the Great (d.604)

He knows how to live well who knows how to pray well.

St. Augustine (354-430)

We ought to be persuaded that what God refuses to our prayer, He grants to our salvation.

St. Augustine (354-430)

It is simply impossible to lead, without the aide of prayer, a virtuous life.

St. John Chrysostom (347-407)

As our body cannot live without nourishment, so our soul cannot spiritually be kept alive without prayer.

St. Augustine (347-430)

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