As cloistered Dominican nuns, we live the traditional monastic observances. To learn about the various aspects of Dominican monastic life, click on the words below to see photos and read texts from the Book of the Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers (LCM).


Evangelical Counsels (Vows)

The nuns first build up in their own monasteries the Church of God which they help to spread throughout the world by the offering of themselves. They accomplish this by being of one mind through obedience, bound together by love of things that are above through the discipline of chastity, and more closely dependent upon one another through poverty. (LCM 3:II)

Dominican nuns take only one vow, obedience, but the vows of poverty and chastity are understood to be included in this vow.


Blessing of scapular
at first profession

Receiving the black veil
at first profession

Pronouncing
solemn vows




Receiving the ring
at solemn profession

Prostration, a sign
of self-offering to God

Blessing of the sister
by the Bishop