From the earliest days of the Church, there were people who were so filled with the Spirit that they wanted to be totally free for the Word that the Father had spoken in Jesus Christ. Some lived together in community, sharing everything they owned; others embraced lives of radical discipline, renunciation and even virginity.  There were those who were given the grace to lay down their very lives in imitation of Jesus and in bearing witness to his Gospel. Eventually there were men and women who fled into remote places in order to be free for God alone. 

The person of Jesus Christ, God made man, called some people to be with him in a special intimacy. The Apostles enjoyed a special closeness to him as did some of his women followers. Following his passion, death and resurrection Jesus breathed his Holy Spirit upon these disciples. Thus was born the Church which, as Saint Thomas teaches, extends the Incarnation in time. ​​Jesus Christ has ascended into heaven and continues his work in the world through the Holy Spirit who fills the people of God with his manifold gifts.

 

Origins of Religious Life


In the beginning -

All forms of consecrated life, and therefore that of the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of Grace, find their origin in the Communion of Persons of the Most Blessed Trinity.


In the fullness of time -

The Word who was in the ​beginning with God, and who was God, through Mary's "Yes," became flesh and dwelt among us.  

the precursors of those who today are called to embrace the consecrated life ... and by means of it to be drawn themselves, and to draw others, more deeply into communion with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

All of these, the first apostolic communities, the ascetics, virgins, martyrs, monks and nuns, were