Monday, August 24, 2015

A new year begins

Sisters Quincy Howard and Nicole Reich


                           We are the new novices for the CDN for 2015-2016. Welcome to this year's blog!

      The arch welcoming us

We are at the end of Day 12 in St. Louis (but who's counting?). Quincy and I have been learning what to expect this coming year with orientation about the Novitiate, about the house, at Aquinas Institute, and with possible ministries. We have had introductions to community living, "Dominican Praise", and preaching--in Springfield. We have chosen our directors, our nights to cook, and our chores (it's a big house for only four people). But don't think it's only been work...

Mary Ann handed us over and we marked our coming together by potting plants with dirt from the Mound mixed with nutrients from here.
Quincy, Mary Ann, Nicole

We ate the world's smallest sundae.

We visited the Lantern Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.

We blessed the house

We visited St. Charles for the Festival of the Little Hills and while we were there we were given a tour of the Shrine to St. Rose Philippine Duschesne by Sr. Juliet Mousseau.

We even had some time to decorate our rooms.
These days have been packed but we have also had some time for reflection to help us transition into this new place and this new life. Soon we will be on a little more of a schedule (classes start tomorrow) and we will be posting regularly every other week. So keep an eye out for new happenings and new insights!

Blessings from your Novices,
Quincy and Nicole