Day Three of the Fanjeaux Pilgrimage: Montségur

Day three of the Fanjeaux retreat found us staring at a mountain, contemplating truth. In about 1204, a castle was built on the top of the Château de Montségur, which marks one of the last strongholds of the Cathars in Southern France. The castle became a center of...

Befriending Dominic

Our pilgrimage started in Fanjeaux, Southern France. We stayed at a guesthouse, Le Belvedere, where I had a panoramic view of Fanjeaux from my room. As I looked out and to the left of my balcony, I actually felt I could see Dominic walking up that street with his...
Day Two of the Fanjeaux Pilgrimage: St. Thomas Aquinas

Day Two of the Fanjeaux Pilgrimage: St. Thomas Aquinas

It didn’t take very long for the focus of the Fanjeaux Pilgrimage to shift from Saint Dominic to Saint Thomas Aquinas. By the second day of the pilgrimage, the twenty-three of us found ourselves visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas’s tomb and discussing his life at length....

Chasing Joy: Reflections on the Joyful Friar

  Saint Dominic is often called “the joyful friar.” That message became clear as twenty-three of us traversed through France over a two-week period, tracing the footsteps that Saint Dominic laid on the land over eight centuries ago. The group, about half sisters...
Sisters Join with Activists on 4th Anniversary of Japanese Tsunami

Sisters Join with Activists on 4th Anniversary of Japanese Tsunami

Dominican Sisters of Hope Nancy Erts, OP, and Bette Ann Jaster, OP, and Dr. Fred Herron, Executive Director of Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, joined with other environmental activists on the fourth anniversary of the tsunami and earthquake that caused a...