Religion: Obedience, Poverty, Chastity

The heavy Gothic doors of the cloister trembled, slowly closed, were locked. Inside remained 15 quiet women dressed in white robes, wearing black hoods and capes, carrying rosaries, like strings of beads, with a pendant crucifix. They were nuns of the Dominican Sisterhood, located at Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, California. They had pledged themselves to the perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, to obedience, poverty and chastity. Never may they leave the cloister (except because of fire, leprosy, contagious maladies, or analogous circumstances).

"Bernard loved the valleys, Benedict the mountains, Francis the towns, Dominic the populous cities"—but the sisterhood established...

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