Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery (Menlo Park, CA)
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Corpus Christi Monastery - Menlo Park, CA
Patron Saints/Famous Saints of the Community
Our Holy Father Saint Dominic, Saint Thomas Aquinas, Saint Catherine of Siena, Saint Albert the Great, Saint Agnes of Montepulciano, Saint Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres, Saint Vincent Ferrer, Saint Louis de Montfort, Saint Margaret of Hungary, Saint Peter of Verona, Pope Saint Pius V, Bl. Imelda Lambertini, Bl. John of Fiesole, Bl. Jordan of Saxony, Bl. Margaret of Castello, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati,
As cloistered Dominican nuns, we proclaim Jesus Christ by our purely contemplative life of praise, prayer and sacrifice, for the salvation of souls.
The nuns of the Order of Preachers came into being when our holy father Saint Dominic gathered women converts to the Catholic faith in the monastery of Blessed Mary of Prouille in 1206. These women, free for God alone, he associated with his “holy preaching” by their prayer and penance. Our holy Father drew up a rule to be followed and constantly showed a father’s love and care for these nuns and for others established later in the same way of life. In fact, “they had no other master to instruct them about the Order.” Finally, he entrusted them as part of the same Order to the fraternal concern of his sons.
As early as 1908, Rev. A.L. McMahon, O.P., then Provincial of the Western Dominican Province, desired to bring to the San Francisco area a monastery of Dominican nuns whose purpose would be to honor and promote devotion to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. But it took until May 29, 1921 to clear away all the difficulties involved in establishing this shrine of love and adoration.
On that day, the Sunday within the octave of the Feast of Corpus Christi, five choir nuns and three lay sisters left our founding monastery at Hunt's Point (Bronx), New York and boarded a westbound train to begin the foundation. They arrived in Oakland, California on June 2nd and were provided accommodations with the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael until their new home in San Francisco was made ready. Their first home in the Bay Area was on Eddy Street, approximately six blocks east and six blocks south of Saint Dominic's Church in San Francisco. It wasn't long, however, before the nuns outgrew their temporary home due to incoming vocations and they had to look for suitable arrangements elsewhere.
After several roadblocks, they eventually secured property and began building a new Gothic-style monastery in Menlo Park, California; at the time, it was the last train stop out of the city and the only other development in the area was Saint Patrick's Seminary - most everything else in the area was ranch and farmland, or simply uncultivated. The nuns really felt that they'd come to the end of the world!
Today, Corpus Christi Monastery sits in the middle of one of the most important and influential areas in the world - halfway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, with Facebook and other tech giants in our "backyard". Despite the changes around us, our mission remains the same; with love and fidelity, we continue to seek the face of God before the Blessed Sacrament and offer our prayers and sacrifices for the apostolic work of the Order and the salvation of souls.
As Dominican Nuns, our whole life is harmoniously ordered to preserving the continual
remembrance of God. By the celebration of the Eucharist and the Divine Office, by reading and meditating on the Sacred Scriptures, by private prayer, vigils and intercessions we strive to have the same mind as Christ Jesus. In silence and stillness, we earnestly seek the face of the Lord and never cease making intercession with the God of our salvation that all men and women might be saved. We give thanks to God the Father who has called us out of darkness into his wonderful light. Christ, who was fastened to the cross for all, is fast-knit to our hearts.
The prayer life of a Dominican is profoundly rich simply from its focus on the liturgy and scripture. Flowing from these sources, the desire to proclaim the Gospel, the reality of God-made-man for our salvation and His continual presence with us, there are certain devotions that resonate more profoundly with the Dominican spirit.
Most Blessed Sacrament
Most Holy Name of Jesus
Our Lord's Passion and His Most Sacred Heart
Our Lady and the Rosary
Our Holy Father Dominic
The Holy Angels / Angelic Warfare Confraternity
Devotion to Dominican Saints and Blesseds
Holy Souls in Purgatory