St Dominic de Guzman through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit founded the Order of Preachers. God's plan was that the Nuns were the first to begin this big Dominican Family. When Dominic gathered women into the monastery of Prouille in France, over 800 years ago, it was so that these women would preach through prayer. Over this period there has been a phenomenal increase in monasteries which have spread throughout the whole world. In 1985, some Spanish nuns came to the Bethlehem diocese and founded the St Dominic's Monastery in Senekal. Since February 2006, the leadership of this monastery has been place in the hands of the African monasteries.
In the Church, there is the married life which brings forth human life and the religious life which brings spiritual life on earth and heaven. The religious life is lived with the vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience.
Cloistered prayer life is one way of living the religious life and it is for the women and men to whom God gives the vocation to live completely for Him. As Dominican Nuns, God uses our daily life of prayer, adoration and praise of God, self-sacrifice and penance for the salvation of all people. Our life demands someone with a desire to live a life of prayer.
When we draw close to the heart of heart of God, it means that we have to also be at the heart of the world. So when we give God everything we do in love, when we cry to him for the needs of the world, when we fast and do penance out of love for God and our brothers and sisters in pain, sorrow or joy, we believe that God, who has no boundaries, is everywhere and sees every heart hears these prayers. This is our preaching.
Our preaching is built on common life especially in the celebration of the liturgy, the Eucharist, Prayer of the Church and personal prayer. We also live in communion with each other by having the same goal - God. We study and preach through our life of love among ourselves and all God's people. Our strength flows from adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, the observance of silence and the enclosure. We have recreation twice a day and do manual work so that we can have the necessities of life.
We produce vestments for priests and churches. Our array of stoles, albs, chasubles and rosaries will soon be able to be viewed on this website.
If you are a young woman under the age of thirty, with good health, good conduct and have successfully completed your Matric, you may want to consider the calling to the contemplative life.
If you would like to find out more about our life, please contact us:
St Dominc's Convent
5 Busschau Street
PO Box 637
Tel: 058 481 3915