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Dominican Nuns on Oprah

February 10, 2010

In case you missed it, Oprah’s show yesterday featured the Dominican Sisters of Mary of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Here is a link where you can see clips from the show:

http://myown.oprah.com/search/index.html?q=nuns+dominican+sisters

All in all, the show was informative, respectful, and fun! Did you watch? What did you think?

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  1. Maggie Gutierrez says:

    I saw the whole show. Oprah stared by showing a young woman that spent several years training to become a Geisha. Then they showed the life of the Dominican sisters, prayer, silence, community life. I was impressed! I was expecting the Dominican sisters of Mary to do a great job, but Oprah herself seemed genuinely interested in the explanation of the three vows of poverty, chastity and obedience: Poverty that liberates you to serve, chastity that enables you to love in a deeper way. I don’t remember what they said about obedience. My favorite segment was when they show the sisters -in habit- playing hockey in the school gym.

    There is a thirst for a deep spiritual life and I am not surprised these monastic/active religious communities are receiving so many young women to discern their vocation.

    I’d like to know who produced this show. They did a great job! They managed to include an elder sisters reflecting on how most women are called to marriage and a few to religious life.

  2. Tony Escobar says:

    I was expecting Oprah to find a way to twist some of their words or even attempt to stump them on something. But, I must say I did not catch anything close. The show was good, it was a wonderful witness to the faith!

  3. Susan Timoney says:

    I agree that Oprah seemed genuinely interested in the sisters comments but I couldn’t help but notice, she didn’t seem to be able to ask a follow-up question. Was it because the sisters have such a different starting point? More than once Oprah did say, “I get that”, I just don’t think she knew what to do with it and that is where evangelization begins!

  4. susan cowden says:

    As someone educated by the Dominican Sisters I was very proud of this piece. I saw familiar faces, Sister Joseph Andrew and Sister John Dominic (my friend from middle and high school). I believe so much of what they are saying and am proud I have known them and they have influenced my life.

  5. Eileen says:

    That was great! What I liked was the sisters came across as pretty normal and matter of fact. If you notice, they said this is the world, this is our life and were very matter of fact. They were not critical of Oprah or others who have different lives. The lack of meanness was refreshing and I think will open more people to the idea of religious life, or at least more respect for religious life.

  6. Kurt says:

    Thank you, Oprah, for putting this on your show!

  7. Karen Howard says:

    Although I am a confirmed ex-Catholic, I was very impressed with the joy and openness of the Dominican sisters. I think it is true that modern American society does not nurture the heart or the soul. These young women are a source of love and caring in this world, and I am grateful for them.

    • Laura Ferstl says:

      Hi Karen,
      Thanks for sharing your appreciation! Now, are you an ex-Catholic who received the sacrament of confirmation or are you an “established” ex-Catholic? Hopefully the former! “And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever.” John 14:16
      Peace to you!
      ~Laura

  8. yvette jones says:

    Please do not be deceived. In Oprahs earlier shows she argued about there being many ways to the spirit when a woman in the audience siddenly said, “what about Jesus”. To which Oprah replied, “WHAT ABOUT JESUS???….ARE YOU TRYING TO TELL ME THAT IF YOU DO GOOD ALL OVER THE WORLD AND DONT ACCEPT JESUS THAT YOUR GOING TO HELL? THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE WHO HAVENT HEARD OF JESUS BUT ARE KIND AND GOOD.”. Another woman said, “YOU ARE TRYING TO INTELLECTUALIZE THIS…AND EVERYONE HAS TO HERE THE GOSPEL”. THERE IS ONE WAY AND ONLY ONE WAY AND THAT IS THROUGH JESUS”, to which the audience shouted and applauded. Someone else said that when Oprah was young and poor she knew who Jesus was but once she became fat and rich she denied Jesus. She believes in MANY WAYS to the spirit. Please do not be deceived by Oprah. I love all nuns who are a testament of the truth, but Oprah needs to know who Jesus truly is. She said that when she was young the pastor mentioned our God was a jealous God and then she said that that was a pivotal point in her life. She said, “God is jealous of me? Why is God jealous of me? So she left the church.

  9. Bill & Carol says:

    PRAYER REQUEST!

    Slow Recovery from the Death of Our Only Son and Other Ongoing Daily Hardships(Financial,Health Issues and Other Losses) & Other Sorrows…

    July 6,2011.

    Dear Sisters,

    Thank you for praying!

    Please include my wife and I in the daily prayers of the Sisters Now and in the days ahead…July,August,Sept.2011,12…or as long as possible? God’s Healing,Protecting Peace and Hope in our broken hearts,health and shattered lives made harder by severe financial stress! Please pray with us daily! Please if Possible?? Can you pass or e-mail our urgent prayer intention on to other Communities(Women&Men) of Prayer that you know of in the World?? We will keep you in our prayers! Thank you for your patience in our long nightmare of pain and sorrows! The worse being the death of our only son in recent years! Bill and Carol. Husband and Wife in Hope! Oh. usa

  10. Unfortunately I am too poor to get OWN through my cable company. I wish it came with basic so I have to find other alternatives.