I had thought to see a tall, meagre, yellow, conventual
image in black, with a close white cap, bandaged under the chin like a nun's head-gear; whereas, there stood by me a little and roundly formed woman, who might indeed be older than I, but was still young; she could not, I thought, be more than six or seven and twenty; she was as fair as a fair Englishwoman; she had no cap; her hair was nut-brown, and she wore it in curls; pretty her features were not, nor very soft, nor very regular, but neither were they in any degree plain, and I already saw cause to deem them expressive.
A new Theresa will hardly have the opportunity of reforming a conventual
life, any more than a new Antigone will spend her heroic piety in daring all for the sake of a brother's burial: the medium in which their ardent deeds took shape is forever gone.
In defiance of conventual
rules, and the edicts of popes and councils, the sleeves of this dignitary were lined and turned up with rich furs, his mantle secured at the throat with a golden clasp, and the whole dress proper to his order as much refined upon and ornamented, as that of a quaker beauty of the present day, who, while she retains the garb and costume of her sect continues to give to its simplicity, by the choice of materials and the mode of disposing them, a certain air of coquettish attraction, savouring but too much of the vanities of the world.
The rigid formality of the place suffocated her: the prayers and the meals, the lessons and the walks, which were arranged with a conventual
regularity, oppressed her almost beyond endurance; and she looked back to the freedom and the beggary of the old studio in Soho with so much regret, that everybody, herself included, fancied she was consumed with grief for her father.
The effect of seclusion was aided by the great height of the garden walls, which were, indeed, conventual
, and, as John had tested in former days, defied the climbing schoolboy.
The meal was passed in commonplace talk of what he had been doing during the morning at the Abbey Mill, of the methods of bolting and the old-fashioned machinery, which he feared would not enlighten him greatly on modern improved methods, some of it seeming to have been in use ever since the days it ground for the monks in the adjoining conventual
buildings--now a heap of ruins.
In the conventual
buildings attached to this church are the state archives of Venice.
For a man as sincerely in love as I was, the silence and simplicity of the life, the almost conventual
regularity with which the same things are done daily at the same hours, only deepened and strengthened love.
In the midst of Cloisterham stands the Nuns' House: a venerable brick edifice, whose present appellation is doubtless derived from the legend of its conventual
It can perhaps be claimed that with her advocacy for persons with HIV/AIDS, Wurtzbach is a Franciscan/Poor Clare at heart, and the whole Franciscan family in the Philippines-priests, brothers (OFM, Capuchins, conventuals
, TOR or third officer regulars), sisters (contemplative and active), lay and clergy members of the secular order-may be one with her in praying for the success of her advocacy.
Chapter 2 details the distinction between Conventuals
The Northern Italian Dominicans were initially attached to three provinces: the Conventuals
in the Provinces of St.