Four Sisters have the privilege and blessing to call Rome their home! While residing at St. Catherine of Siena Convent, Sr. Maria and Sr. Mary Aquinas served as librarians in the Pontifical North American College and Casa Santa Maria, while Sr. Teresa Benedicta and Sr. Martin Therese studied at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, also known as the Angelicum. During their time in Rome, the student Sisters also did filming for On the Road with the Sisters, which can be viewed on https://goledigital.org/
The Sisters assigned to study at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas were enriched by classes grounded in the solid philosophical tradition begun by Plato and Aristotle and eminently developed by St. Thomas Aquinas. Their studies allowed them to ponder the great truths of the Faith, drawing them ever deeper to the Heart of Jesus and to His Spouse, the Church. Meanwhile, surrounded by books on a daily basis, the librarians enjoyed the honor of assisting the seminarians and priests in their studies and research.
The Sisters found Rome an ideal context for living out their Dominican vocations! Located within the Casa Santa Maria on Via dell’Umilta near Rome’s center, the mission convent places the Sisters in close proximity to Saint Peter’s Basilica and many other beautiful Churches in Rome, which house relics of countless Saints and Blesseds. The Sisters actually live right around the block from the relics of two of the Apostles – around the corner from the Casa Santa Maria is the Basilica of the Twelve Apostles (Basilica dei Santi Duodeci Apostoli).
The Sisters participated in several Papal Masses this year, including the canonization of St. John Henry Newman. Additionally, they have been blessed to make multiple pilgrimages in Italy and even beyond. This year the Sisters had the privilege to go to France, where they visited various sites associated with St. Therese of Lisieux. They also drove 6 hours from Lisieux to venerate the relics of St. Thomas Aquinas in Toulouse. Finally, this year, the Sisters were able to meet the Holy Father during the Ad Limina visits. Thanks to our dear friend Bishop Wack, the Sisters were able not only to meet the Holy Father but also to give him a hug!
The Sisters consider it a joy to take the intentions of the community’s benefactors and friends along with them to all of these holy places!