A day in the life
of Sister Ana Gonzalez, O.P.
MOST MORNINGS, you’ll find Sister Ana Gonzalez hurryingacross the parking lot from herconvent to St. Stanislaus Churchin New Haven, Connecticut. Massstarts at 7 a.m., and she’s almostalways running late. Gonzalez hasmuch to do every morning: Mass,morning prayer, and work, to saynothing of getting herself ready forthe day.
Also, if she’s the sisterresponsible for dinner thatnight, she might have meal prep.
Gonzalez lives with four othermembers of the 450-memberDominican Sisters of Peace, aglobal congregation focused onpeacemaking.
Their small New Englandconvent is specifically for sistersin initial formation, that is, thenewbies. Here they serve ina ministry while also learningtheology and Dominicanspirituality, history, and vows.
Communal life involvesadjustments. “I used to be incharge of my own time andresources,” Gonzalez points out.
“Now I share these things. I have alot of freedom, but am accountableto others. I have to plan carefully.
I can get together with my friends,
but I schedule around prayers,
dinners, community activities.”
Adding it all up, Gonzalez is
enthusiastic. “I’ve been blessed
to experience community since
coming here,” she says. “I love living
Here’s how most days break
down for her:
7 a.m.: Mass at St. StanislausChurch
7: 30 a.m.: Lauds (morning prayer)in the convent chapel, includingreadings from the Dominican PraiseBook. “I love praying together. It’sgrounding.”
9-5 p.m.: Work at the Dominicancollege, Albertus Magnus, asthe coordinator of internationaladmissions. “I love helpinginternational students believe inthemselves, the way my mentorshelped me.”
6 p.m.: Dinner. “It’s always a livelyand prayerful experience for us. Weshare where we had trouble duringthe day, what we experienced.
We have deep and profoundconversations.”
7 p.m.: Vespers (evening prayer).
“The exact time varies, depending
on how long we spend at dinner.
Sometimes we don’t start till 8.”
After prayers: “Sometimes we will
watch a Hallmark movie or a fun TV
series together. We like nonviolent
mysteries. The Crown is a current
favorite. Sometimes I read or study.”
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