Saturday, September 22, 2012

Saint Mary Magdalen Berkeley

I have been transitioning to a new community in Saint Mary Magdalen Parish in Berkeley and a new ministry in spiritual care of hospital patients.  I live in the convent next to the School of the Madeleine.  There are six of us in the community.  One Sister serves in pastoral ministry at Saint Monica Catholic Church in Moraga, one serves as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Saint Mary Magdalen Parish and another works in development for the School of the Madeleine. These three and myself are all Dominican Sisters.  

Two Sisters from other religious communities are living with us.  One is a Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help from Korea.  She ministers in the Catholic  Bible Life Movement in several local parishes and the other is a Lovers of the Holy Cross Sister from Hanoi Vietnam.  She is studying for a Master of Divinity at the Jesuit School of Theology.

Saint Mary Magdalen Parish was founded by the Dominican Friars in 1923.  The convent was built for the Dominican Sisters in 1937 and remodeled along with other improvements that were made to the church, school and rectory between 1975 and 1981.  Mass is celebrated Monday through Saturday at 8:00 am and 5:30 pm. The public is welcome to pray Morning and Evening Prayer with the Dominican Friars in the church twenty minutes before Mass.  We Sisters pray Morning Prayer in our chapel at 6:00 am and Night Prayer in community at 7:00 pm.  On Sundays Mass is celebrated at 8:00, 9:30 and 11:00 am in the Parish.