I know that some think Sisters pray all day, probably because they do not really know any Sisters personally. Yes, Sisters should pray all day because the Scriptures admonish us all to do just that. "At every opportunity pray in the Spirit, using prayers and petitions of every sort." (Eph. 6:18) Prayer in this meaning is to live in a spirit of prayer so that everything that we do, whether it be works or words, is offered to God.
Priority of Prayer
A Sister's day actually should revolve around prayer, communal and private. The Mass is the center of every Sister's day, for there she meets her Beloved Bridegroom and receives strength for all the works of the day. Besides Mass, she likely prays some of the hours of the Liturgy of the Hours (the Divine Office). "Religious life cannot be sustained without a deep life of prayer ÷ individual, communal and liturgical." (Essential Elements of Religious Life, #28) In our community we pray four of the hours: Morning Prayer, Midday Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer. Thus, our day is permeated with these "liturgical prayers" in union with the whole Church.
Besides liturgical prayer, every Sister would have some time for private prayer every day. This would be time for the rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, meditation, contemplation, intercession, etc. In our community we have two times each day designated for private prayer, the first hour of the morning and right after lunch. These are precious times of intimacy with the Lord.
Another activity that a Sister would participate in would be the particular apostolate of her community. She is sent by her community to do the work blessed by the Church in Jesus' name. The Church says, "the consecrated person is one who is sent to do the work of God in the power of God." (Essential Elements of Religious Life, #23) The apostolic work of our community is evangelization. We carry this out by conducting retreats for all ages: Life in the Spirit and Growth in the Spirit Seminars, Vacation Bible Schools, Parish Missions, Evangelistic Outreaches, and Youth Ministry.
What many do not realize that Sisters also have to do all it takes to keep their houses and clothes clean, put food on the table, pay the bills, answer the phone, fix the plumbing, mow the grass, and so forth. We do all these things here at Prayer Town Emmanuel. And, on occasion we have a fun day and go on a picnic somewhere.
Sister Philip, DLJC