Our community observes "papal enclosure" which means the norms are given by the Holy See as found in the 1999 Instruction Verbi Sponsa. This document, in response to Blessed John Paul II's Exhortation Vita Consecrata, provides updated norms for the living of enclosure. At the same time it "reaffirms the doctrinal foundations" of enclosure set out in the 1969 Instruction Venite Seorsum. We invite anyone interested in understanding the nature of our way of life to read these beautiful teachings of the Church on the contemplative life and the enclosure of nuns.
"By withdrawal from the world, in fact and in spirit, the nuns, like prudent virgins waiting for their Lord, are freed from worldly affairs so that they may have leisure to devote themselves wholeheartedly to the kingdom of God. This hidden life should open their minds to the breadth and height and depth of the love of God who sent his Son so that the whole world might be saved through him. Such was the enclosure chosen for the nuns by the most holy Patriarch from the beginning of the Order and faithfully observed until now."
From the Constitutions of the Nuns of the Order of Preachers