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sr.christinaosf    507
sr.christinaosf

We don't bother with that.  I still have pajamas from when I was in high school or college.  It's not a big deal if we see each other after undressing for the night.

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Spem in alium    3,611
Spem in alium

We don't worry about it, either - night veils, or pyjamas. There's no problem if I see another sister (or she sees me) in pyjamas. 

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Mags    132
Mags
4 hours ago, Spem in alium said:

We don't worry about it, either - night veils, or pyjamas. There's no problem if I see another sister (or she sees me) in pyjamas. 

I have been informed that I need to bring nightdresses with me, pyjamas not permitted. Gutted as I haven't slept in a nightdress since I was a child:cry3:, but hey ho, this is a very small sacrifice :)

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Sr Mary Catharine OP    1,610
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1 hour ago, Mags said:

I have been informed that I need to bring nightdresses with me, pyjamas not permitted. Gutted as I haven't slept in a nightdress since I was a child:cry3:, but hey ho, this is a very small sacrifice :)

You'll get used to it in no time!

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Spem in alium    3,611
Spem in alium
2 hours ago, Mags said:

I have been informed that I need to bring nightdresses with me, pyjamas not permitted. Gutted as I haven't slept in a nightdress since I was a child:cry3:, but hey ho, this is a very small sacrifice :)

You'll be fine! Though it does take getting used to ;) I rarely wore nightgowns when I was younger but bought one when I travelled to Rome in the heat of summer last year. It was unusual at first, but I did end up liking it --- especially on super-hot nights!

I always wear a robe with my pyjamas, though (mine is actually a kimono). I feel it's more modest, especially if I'm needed at night for anything, and I find it really comfortable. Sometimes we'll wear pyjamas if we're watching a movie at night or something (we actually had a pyjama party last night) and everyone wears robes. I think it's just what we do. :) 

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Benedictus    364
Benedictus

I actually wear a themed onesie sometimes, just saying. I think I was the first in my community house, but maybe someone else is out there :smile4:

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vee    4,728
vee

For the community Im interested in, if Im not mistaken, I think nightgowns are preferred but i can wear pajamas too especially in winter to keep warm.  Id have to bring a robe as well, and although I didnt see anyone in their PJs Im guessing they wear some kind of head covering as well as a night scapular.  

As for hair mine is long, about half way down my back, and it'll stay long under the postulant veil.  It will probably be in a ponytail or bun or whatever works.  If I make it to receiving the habit then they cut it off and how it looks after is between me and God, and Sr barber!   I think the hair cutting and such is private but seeing how things go Im kind of hoping to ask permission for my own sister to make that symbolic cut...

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Spem in alium    3,611
Spem in alium
5 hours ago, Benedictus said:

I actually wear a themed onesie sometimes, just saying. I think I was the first in my community house, but maybe someone else is out there :smile4:

My superior once thought seriously about buying us all (eight of us) animal onesies. Unfortunately we didn't go there but I'm very tempted to get one for myself. My mum actually used to sleep in an elephant onesie but I think my dad asked her to stop --- too many times he'd wake up and see this giant elephant head. 

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dominicansoul    4,454
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It was pretty necessary for me to shave my head.  I've got the thickest hair in the entire universe.  My veil kept popping off and could NOT have stayed on my head had I not cut it all off....

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IgnatiusofLoyola    1,192
IgnatiusofLoyola
On 2/4/2016, 2:07:23, dominicansoul said:

It was pretty necessary for me to shave my head.  I've got the thickest hair in the entire universe.  My veil kept popping off and could NOT have stayed on my head had I not cut it all off....

You've talked a couple of times about shaving your hair off. However, as far as I know, the Communities you were a part of wore veils that showed a bit of hair at the front. What did you do about that?

Now I have an odd picture in my head of you having a shaved head except for some longer hair at the very front, so that when you wore your veil, your hair would look like the other Sisters. Knowing you, you would have called it "the Secret Dominican Tonsure." ;)

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John Paul    184
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After the hair is cut during the novitate ceremony do you still get it cut every couple months?

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dominicansoul    4,454
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13 hours ago, IgnatiusofLoyola said:

You've talked a couple of times about shaving your hair off. However, as far as I know, the Communities you were a part of wore veils that showed a bit of hair at the front. What did you do about that?

Now I have an odd picture in my head of you having a shaved head except for some longer hair at the very front, so that when you wore your veil, your hair would look like the other Sisters. Knowing you, you would have called it "the Secret Dominican Tonsure." ;)

I received a tonsure, without realizing i needed permission to do something like that.  The others in the novitiate who witnessed me getting a tonsure told others in the novitiate (cos they thought it was pretty cool i did that.)  St. Dominic is my spiritual father so I wanted a tonsure like his.  So I shaved my hair but the top, and put a little tonsure in there in his honor.  

When Sr. JA got a whiff of what happened, she and Mother approached me and asked if i had received a tonsure at my head shaving, and I said yes.  Their reactions were quite different than what I expected.  lol.  >.<

 

7 hours ago, John Paul said:

After the hair is cut during the novitate ceremony do you still get it cut every couple months?

in our community, we had a private bathroom just for hair cutting.  I'd shave mine with a bic razor every week, cos mine grew out pretty fast...

 

I can't believe I'm spilling all this out, I'm breaking the Dominican code!

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vee    4,728
vee
5 minutes ago, dominicansoul said:

 

I can't believe I'm spilling all this out, I'm breaking the Dominican code!

so youre breaking your own code! :bash:

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dominicansoul    4,454
dominicansoul

not only that but I'm forever scarred by that tonsure!

 

My hair has never been the same since...i have so many problems with the way it grew back in that area.... I hope St. Dominic is pleased! :P

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coralieprincess    20
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7 minutes ago, dominicansoul said:

I received a tonsure, without realizing i needed permission to do something like that.  The others in the novitiate who witnessed me getting a tonsure told others in the novitiate (cos they thought it was pretty cool i did that.)  St. Dominic is my spiritual father so I wanted a tonsure like his.  So I shaved my hair but the top, and put a little tonsure in there in his honor.  

When Sr. JA got a whiff of what happened, she and Mother approached me and asked if i had received a tonsure at my head shaving, and I said yes.  Their reactions were quite different than what I expected.  lol.  >.<

 

Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but why did you need permission for a tonsure...?  Since your hair had to be cut anyway, why did you need permission for the way it was done?

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dominicansoul    4,454
dominicansoul
1 minute ago, coralieprincess said:

Sorry if I'm missing something obvious, but why did you need permission for a tonsure...?  Since your hair had to be cut anyway, why did you need permission for the way it was done?

It's kinda a big deal to get one's hair shaved after receiving the veil, and there's a specific way they asked me to have mine done and I didn't follow the specifics and went with what I wanted.  I could have it, I just needed to ask permission first.  I was always doing things without asking permission first....like the time I dragged a life-sized statue of Mary into my cell without telling anybody... lolololol but that's another story!

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vee    4,728
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4 minutes ago, dominicansoul said:

not only that but I'm forever scarred by that tonsure!

 

My hair has never been the same since...i have so many problems with the way it grew back in that area.... I hope St. Dominic is pleased! :P

he is only pleased if you dye it red

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dominicansoul    4,454
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omigosh, I just read the title of this thread!! I wasn't a NUN, so I don't even need to be in here answering this question.. lol!  I was a sister, something totally different!!!!! 

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