Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery

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Cloistered contemplative life: faithful to the teachings of the Magisterium of the Church and observing Papal enclosure. The celebration of the Eucharist is central to our daily life. An important focus is praise and adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, and choral celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours at prescribed times.

Free for God alone, and with great devotion to Mary, we accompany our Dominican family - friars, sisters, and laity - in the Order’s preaching mission for the salvation of souls, with a well-balanced community life, lectio divina, private prayer, silence, study, and work. It is our privilege to have public adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, where every day we pray before Jesus in the Eucharist.


Sr. Joseph Marie O.P.
Vocation Directress
215 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025



Professed Members: 10 Solemnly Professed Nuns, 2 Temporary Professed, 2 Novices, 1 Transfer
Year Founded: 1921
Federation: North American Association of Dominican Monateries
Diocese: San Francisco, CA
Qualifications: Single woman; practicing Catholic; good physical and mental health; fidelity and love for the Church; ability to live in community and in solitude; an attraction to prayer and the things of God.
Formation: Aspirancy of one month live-in experience; Postulancy of 12 months; Novitiate of 2 years; Temporary vows of 5 years. During this time the novices will study the Rule of Saint Augustine, Christian Doctrine, the history of monasticism, of spirituality, of the Catholic Church, and of the Dominican Order, the Sacraments, the vows and religious consecration, and other subjects related to monastic life.
Age range/limit: 20-40
Belated vocations? Yes: Occasionally considered, if there are no other obstacles and all else seems fitting.