St. Gabriel’s Novitiate

In this painting St. Gabriel is gazing at a picture
of our Mother of Sorrows

    St. Gabriel Possenti, C.P. better known as St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows – patron of youth, is the patron saint of our novitiate. The novitiate is the place set aside in our monastery where aspirants, postulants and novices live, have class, study and do some of their work. The novice directress (Sr. Mary Veronica) also lives here and has her office here. It is to be their little sanctuary to prepare them to enter fully into monastic life after First Profession of Vows.  A statue of St. Gabriel and his relic bless all who enter our novitiate area.  We will be praying the following prayer daily during the novitiate rosary and would love to have you join us in preparation for his feast day Friday, February 27th.

O good St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, you were taught by God to love the Passion of Jesus and to remember the Sorrows of Mary His Mother. By her side, you stood by the Cross of Jesus and shared her compassion.  Following her, you grew in love for God and all His people. O St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin, we humbly ask you to intercede before God on our behalf, especially for the intentions we now present before you.

  • For our vocation promotion endeavors
  • For all the women whom God is calling to join our monastic family
  • For the spiritual and temporal needs of our novitiate members, the novice directress and her assistant
  • for all who pass through this novitiate – this holy training ground – that they will respond generously to God’s graces poured out in their hearts during this time of intense formation

We place our trust in your prayers St. Gabriel and wish to follow your example. Remember us, and especially our youth, with compassion. Support us all our days by your holy prayers. And when this life is done, may we join you in heaven in the company of Jesus and Mary.  Amen!

    Here is a website totally dedicated to St. Gabriel. I hope you’ll visit and make a new friend!

    St. Gabriel, ora pro nobis!



4 thoughts on “St. Gabriel’s Novitiate

  1. I will consider it a blessing to join with you in this prayer. Is there a revised prayer and/or additional intentions on the actual Feast Day?

    Lisa, thanks so much for joining us in prayer. Please add your own special intentions to him as well. Regarding a prayer to be said on his actual Feast Day…I haven’t gotten that far yet…but God-willing, I’ll be able to post something shortly before his Feast next Friday.

  2. São Gabriel de Nossa Senhora das Dores, rogai por nós!

    Dear sisters, I hope to write for you soon. A hug!

    We look forward to hearing from you! When do you hope to enter the Passionist Nuns Monastery there in Brazil?

  3. Dear Sisters,

    Many thanks for the link to the web-site: it is a great joy to see it becoming more popular and to see more people getting to know St. Gabriel.

    May he and all the saints, intercede for your splendid community.

    Br. Rupert o.praem

  4. Dear sisters,
    I recently came across the work of the apostolate of the chaplet of tears of our lady’s sorrows and found some very wonderful devotions in that site which I urge you to check out.Remember
    the wise words of st. Augustine: understanding is the reward of
    faith, so seek not to understand so as to believe but to believe so as
    to understand.
    Please do recite the chaplets contained therein and heed to the
    revelations to that apostolate.
    God bless.
    please spread it to all for prayer and support of this mission.


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