In the month of May a new sight was seen on the front lawns of our Dominican Convent and College. One fine afternoon, trucks came rolling in with two little cabins – all set to become something that no one had ever before envisaged: “hermitages” for religious sisters. When in the month of June, two more came rolling up the hill amidst a shower of rain – all knew what this meant – more postulants on the way!
For truly, these little “hermitages” are a sign of joyous growth within our little community. The postulants began arriving during Lent, and by the time we reached Easter, we knew we had a “cell problem.” That is, there were no longer enough cells to house all the sisters and the newly arriving postulants. What to do? We contemplated renting a house close-by, but were finally convinced that it would be wiser to keep all the sisters together. Though the brave, pioneering sisters would be now more subject to the unpredictable changes in nature (from pouring rain to noisy thunderstorms; to howling, almost record-breaking winds; to 5.2 earthquakes) still, they would be only “next-door” to the convent house, the chapel, and the school.