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New Habits for Bridgeport Dominicans

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It looks like the Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs (Bridgeport Dominicans) adopted a traditional Dominican habit: https://dominicanfriars.org/saint-vincent-ferrer-high-school-catholic-school-deepens-dominican-roots/?fbclid=IwAR2lJk9UhVXX57dlbtAFcIJWFI_Z_m_xtcGTqhzH420et5xxoSpi93PHls0

The Bridgeport Dominicans are technically a new community, but they branched off from an older, more progressive Dominican community in Ohio. Part of their thought in forming a new congregation was to have a greater emphasis on the traditions of religious life, like community life and prayer in common. Until relatively recently, they wore simple black and white secular clothes with a Dominican symbol as a pin. But it looks like they've re-adopted a full Dominican habit.

I do know these Sisters personally, and while it always takes a while for a new community to find its feet, the Sisters themselves are lovely and very well-balanced. 

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Swami Mommy

I love the look and symbolism of traditional habits, but I always wonder how nuns and sisters can tolerate the body heat that all that fabric would create, especially in humid summer weather.  I am always so hot that I wear short-sleeved tops even during the bitter cold of the snowy Northeastern U.S.!

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chrysostom
9 hours ago, Swami Mommy said:

I love the look and symbolism of traditional habits, but I always wonder how nuns and sisters can tolerate the body heat that all that fabric would create, especially in humid summer weather.  I am always so hot that I wear short-sleeved tops even during the bitter cold of the snowy Northeastern U.S.!

I think it was someone else on here who mentioned St Therese's comment that the Carmelite habit was too hot in summer and too cold in winter!

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Bonkira

Their website notes it as a personal choice of three sisters. This seems like a healthy community where both collective and individual identity as a religious is encouraged to develop.

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DameAgnes

It's only three of the sisters who have decided to embrace the habit:

http://www.dominicanvocations.org/

"On Sunday, August 27th, Father Walter Wagner, OP blessed the scapulars, veils and rosaries for three sisters who will begin to wear the traditional Dominican habit on September 8th.  After prayerful reflections, three of our Sisters have made the decision to wear the traditional habit of the Dominican Sisters.  The distinctive habit is a part of the long tradition of Dominican women and men who witnessed to their identity as those who are committed to the lifestyle of Saint Dominic.  Sisters Martha Kunesh, Christine Cosgrove and Gail Morgan made their decisions based on a personal choice to be consciously identified as a woman religious and a Dominican Sister.  These Sisters are responding to a personal commitment to "reading the signs of the times" and responding to a more radical witness as Dominican Sisters.  We are very grateful to the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in Nashville for helping us make our habits and for their continued prayers and support."

One of the three, Sr. Christine Cosgrove, was recently elected Prioress:

"The Dominican Sisters of Our Lady of the Springs held their Fourth General Chapter on June 21-24, 2018 at Saint Vincent Ferrer in New York City.  The Sisters elected Sister Christine Cosgrove, OP to serve as Prioress of the congregation for the next three years.  The delegates also elected Sister Gail Morgan, OP as the First Councilor and Sister Mary Elena Rizzo, OP as the Second Councilor.  Congratulations and Blessings to these Sisters!"

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