Friday, July 29, 2011

Postulants Move In... Sisters Move Out...

In the month of May a new sight was seen on the front lawns of our Dominican Convent and College. One fine afternoon, trucks came rolling in with two little cabins - all set to become something that no one had ever before envisaged: "hermitages" for religious sisters. When in the month of June, two more came rolling up the hill amidst a shower of rain - all knew what this meant - more postulants on the way!

For truly, these little "hermitages" are a sign of joyous growth within our little community. The postulants began arriving during Lent, and by the time we reached Easter, we knew we had a "cell problem." That is, there were no longer enough cells to house all the sisters and the newly arriving postulants. What to do? We contemplated renting a house close-by, but were finally convinced that it would be wiser to keep all the sisters together. Though the brave, pioneering sisters would be now more subject to the unpredictable changes in nature (from pouring rain to noisy thunderstorms; to howling, almost record-breaking winds; to 5.2 earthquakes) still, they would be only "next-door" to the convent house, the chapel, and the school.

While the cabins do not have any running water for the sisters, they are - thankfully - connected to electricity. The sisters have been adapting well to their new surroundings - and are happy to see the congregation growing. The postulants have been settling in well and surely appreciate the sacrifices which their older sisters in religion are making on their behalf. We all look forward to the day when we shall see either the current convent house extended or a new novitiate house founded - so that all the sisters may once again reside together inside our dormitories. Our Holy Father Saint Dominic, pray for us!