3rd Annual Dominican Nuns Gala

On Thursday, October 20th, the Grand Summit Hotel hosted our 3rd Dominican Nuns Gala. The night began with guests joining us for 5:30 Votive Mass of St Dominic at the Monastery. The Mass was con-celebrated by Fr. Jack Carmichael, Fr. Marco Celis, Fr. Bill Mahon, and Fr. Roger Landry. Fr. Roger Landry gave a beautiful homily that really set the tone for the evening! If you weren't able to be with us you can still listen or read Father's homily here. After Mass everyone (well, except for the nuns!) headed over to the Grand Summit for the Gala festivities. Besides the hotel's delicious food, there were live and silent auctions as well as a DJ for dancing. The tables were beautifully decorated with center pieces by Jerry Rose.

This year's Gala honored some very special friends of the Monastery: Mark Giangiulio of the Grand Summit Hotel, the Ippolitos of Paul Ippolito Memorial, and Buddy Fortunato of The Italian Tribune. We couldn't continue to live our life of prayer if it wasn't for all our friends and benefactors, and this Gala wouldn't have been such a success if it wasn't for the Gala Co-Chairs: Susan Janazzo and Gina Wood. We can't forget to mention all of the hard work of our Director of Development Maryann Cocoziello, either! 

There were some fabulous items donated for the auctions this year, including NJ Devils Hockey Tickets, What a Dish Dinner for Eight, 1 week stay at a Kiawah Island Home, 3 night weekend stay at a Finger Lakes Getaway, NY Mets Tickets, 4 tickets to the Stephen Colbert Show, Ny Giants tickets, a "behind the scenes" Fox News Tour, and a "House Portrait in Watercolors" to be custom painted! Congratulations to all of the auction winners and thank you for your support!

Jubilee Rosary Pilgrimage

In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the Order of Preachers a "Pilgrim Rosary" has been travelling through all of the monasteries of the Order. Each monastery was assigned one or two days to celebrate the Rosary with the Dominican Family in whatever way they decided. Our monastery was assigned October 6th and October 8th (October 7th, the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary, being celebrated by the whole Order).

On October 6th we invited members of the Dominican Family for rosary and Solemn First Vespers of Our Lady of the Rosary. We had representatives from the friars, apostolic sisters, lay fraternity, priestly fraternity, and, of course, the nuns! Fr. Ken Letoile, OP, Provincial of the Eastern Province, presided and gave a wonderful homily. Each decade of the rosary was led by a representative of the different branches, passing among them the Jubilee Rosary we received from the monastery in Chile. Since this is a Jubilee, we invited our guests to pray in the nuns' choir with us and we enjoyed refreshments with them in St. Dominic's Hall after the liturgy. 

We have a Prioress!

Yesterday, on the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Rosary, the elective chapter convened for our Prioral Election. We are pleased to announce that Sr. Mary Martin de Porres of Jesus, OP has been elected Prioress for a second 3-year term. According to our Constitutions, a nun may be elected for only two consecutive terms. A postulation is possible for a third consecutive term, but this must be approved by the Holy See. This will be Sr. Mary Martin's 7th term as Prioress! Please keep Sr. Mary Martin and the whole community in your prayers!

Change of Schedule Thursday & Friday

Today, October 6th, we will be having a special first Vespers of Our Lady of the Rosary with the Dominican family as part of the Rosary Pilgrimage for the Order's Jubilee.
Rosary and Vespers will be moved from their usual time to 6pm.

Friday October 7th, Our Lady of the Rosary, is not only our patronal feast day but will also be the day of our prioral election! This will necessitate the following changes in our liturgy schedule.

5:55am Office of Readings and Lauds
There will be NO 7:15am Mass
11:20am Sext
2:00pm Mass
5:20pm Rosary & Vespers
8:30pm Compline (private)



Recreation in the Garden

Monday started out gloomy but the sun came out just in time for noon recreation. The sisters were excited to harvest Sr. Mary Magdalene's beautiful red pepper and carrots, but first there were Peppermint Foot Creme jars to cap! With so many hands helping the jars were quickly capped and the sisters had plenty of time for the gardens. 

Before the carrots could be pulled up Sr. Joseph Maria spotted 3 big caterpillars on the carrot greens. Sister isn't a fan of caterpillars and even though these were an exciting find, Black Swallowtail caterpillars, she wasn't going to get too close. Sr. Maria Teresa safely transferred the caterpillars to a smaller carrot that Sr. Mary Magdalene graciously left for them. 

Sabina was good and stayed out of the garden, even with the gate left open. She knows she's not allowed in, though she'd really like  to try and catch the rabbits that hang out in the garden.  She doesn't try to eat the plants, but she is likely to trample or dig them up in her attempt to capture the elusive bunnies.