Consecrated Life



The Consecrated Life, deeply rooted in the example and teaching of Christ the Lord, is a gift of God the Father to his Church through the Holy Spirit. By the profession of the evangelical counselsthe characteristic features of Jesus — the chaste, poor and obedient one — are made constantly "visible" in the midst of the world and the eyes of the faithful are directed towards the mystery of the Kingdom of God already at work in history, even as it awaits its full realization in heaven.


In every age there have been men and women who, obedient to the Father's call and to the prompting of the Spirit, have chosen this special way of following Christ, in order to devote themselves to him with an "undivided" heart (cf. 1 Cor 7:34). Like the Apostles, they too have left everything behind in order to be with Christ and to put themselves, as he did, at the service of God and their brothers and sisters. In this way, through the many charisms of spiritual and apostolic life bestowed on them by the Holy Spirit, they have helped to make the mystery and mission of the Church shine forth, and in doing so have contributed to the renewal of society.


-Vita Consecrata



Eleven young women profess vows as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation




August 21, 2018 (Nashville, TN) – Eleven young women professed the simple vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience as Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tennessee on July 28, 2018. Among those who made their First Profession was Sister Lucia Christi Blankartz, O.P., a former parishioner of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Rapid City, in the Diocese of Rapid City, SD.


Sister Lucia Christi is the daughter of Christopher and Kasandra Jolley, and the late John Blankartz. Mr. and Mrs Jolley are also parishioners at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, in Rapid City, SD.  Sister is a graduate of Saint Thomas More High School, in Rapid City, SD, and attended the University of Mary, in Bismarck, ND. She is currently studying at Aquinas College, in Nashville, TN, in preparation for the teaching apostolate.


The Mass for the Rite of First Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. The Reverend Dominic Langevin, O.P., Dominican friar from the Province of Saint Joseph, was the main celebrant. The homilist was Reverend Christopher Tipton, priest from the Diocese of Arlington, VA.


In addition to the sisters making first profession of vows, ten young women professed their perpetual vows of poverty, chastity and obedience with the Nashville Dominicans on July 24, 2018.


In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its Motherhouse is located.  The Sisters of St. Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of almost 300 sisters serves in over 41 schools throughout the United States, with mission houses also in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia;  Rome and Bracciano, Italy; Elgin, Scotland; Sittard, The Netherlands; and Limerick, Ireland. For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation, please visit their website at