American Papist, some of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist will appear on the Oprah Winfrey show next Tuesday, February 9th. This amazing community of women religious, located in Ann Arbor, MI, is a testament to the difference that faithfulness, orthodoxy, and tradition can make.
It's no secret that vocations to the religious life have taken a devastating hit in the last few decades -- so much so that many religious communities resemble sparsely-populated retirement homes, filled silver-haired sirens perpetually sporting their "recreation clothes". Yet this community of Dominican sisters is growing so fast (nearly 100 new vocations since 1997) that their "vocations crisis" consists in trying to ensure that their infrastructure keeps up with the overwhelming influx of holy, intelligent, beautiful young women seeking to consecrate their lives to Christ. What's their secret?
An unwavering fidelity to Christ, a humble obedience to His Church, a burning devotion to evangelization and mission work, and a dedication to living the religious life as it was meant to be lived -- in community, in poverty, proudly wearing the habit! It's a thing of beauty, and it's precisely the kind of thing that is attractive to young Catholics who are serious about their faith.
No one wants to join a lukewarm religious community of aging liberal social workers in polyester pantsuits! No young woman wants to dedicate her life to that -- and no one does! Young people want to dedicate themselves to spiritual greatness, and these Dominican Sisters have it. Let us pray for them (and Oprah, and her audience) as they appear on Oprah next week. Oh, and please pray for one of my daughter's best friends, who will enter the community as a postulant next fall. We're all very proud of her and know that she will make an excellent addition to the Dominican Sisters.