The Nuns

In the year 1206 AD, even before the foundation of the Friars, St. Dominic founded the monastery of nuns at Prouille, France. St. Dominic called them to a life of prayer for the success of his mission “salvation of the souls”. Nuns are cloistered, usually enter a monastery and remain there for the rest of their lives. Like the friars, they profess the vow of obedience and embrace poverty and chastity. In addition to these vows, they devote themselves to the Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Mass, and devotions such as perpetual adoration. They remain in silence, contemplation and continuous prayer.

The purpose of their fervent prayer is the success of the preaching of the friars of the Order. Following the footsteps of St. Dominic, the Dominican nuns remain constant in prayer as St. Dominic had been spending his nights in prayer for the conversion of sinners. Many communities of the nuns support themselves by producing hosts and wine for Mass. They also prepare liturgical vestments and other religious articles. In Pakistan, the Dominican nuns are living and there is one monastery in the Monastery of the Angels Karachi.


The first known Dominican arrived in the Indian sub-continental in 1291, just 70 years after the death of St. Dominic. By the 17th century the Dominican Congregation of India, based in the Portuguese settlement at Goa, numbered about 350 brothers, but died out in the 19th century.

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