Rosary Sunday

After all the cold wet weather we've been having, it was wonderful to have the sun bright and shining for the Rosary Pilgrimage today! Earlier in the week, when we heard of the impending hurricane we were worried about possible adverse weather. It was mentioned at recreation that in the entire history of the pilgrimage we've never had bad enough weather to impact Our Lady's Pilgrimage, and she certainly wasn't going to let it start now! 

We got a 'preview' of Br. Raymund Snyder, OP's preaching at Mass this morning, so we knew everyone would be in for a treat at the pilgrimage as he is a dynamic preacher and truly loves the Blessed Mother. Brother gave a beautiful homily about our Lady's rosary, one point of which was how our memories shape who we are and that these mysteries of the rosary are Mary's memories. She continually meditated on them during her life and they helped to shape who she is. When we pray the rosary, making her memories our own, they shape us as well. 

After the pilgrimage we were able to meet some of the pilgrims in the parlor. This year some of the Knights of Columbus came in to see us and we all admired their capes, feathered hats and swords as well as their dedication to the Our Lady and the Church.

Thank you to all who came! We hope to see you at the next Rosary Pilgrimage in May!

Guest Preacher for Rosary Sunday

Rev. Br. Raymund Snyder, OP will be our guest preacher for the Rosary Sunday Pilgrimage tomorrow. Br. Raymund is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and entered the order in 2010. He was ordained to the diaconate on March 14th of this year. You can learn more about his vocation story here.

Remember, the Pilgrimage begins at 3pm! Join us for the rosary, preaching by Br. Raymund, blessing of the roses, and Benediction. Afterwards you are invited downstairs for refreshments and/or to the parlor to meet the nuns!

Parking will be a little different this year do to the bridge construction. We are trying to figure out alternative parking. Please stay tuned to our facebook page for any parking updates. Remember, the Morris Avenue bridge is CLOSED.  

Parking available at the Grand Summit Hotel! Thank you, Grand Summit!


Rosary Pilgrimage This Sunday!

Rosary Sunday Pilgrimage

Sunday, October 4, 3:00

Join us this Sunday for our biannual Rosary Pilgrimage! 

  • Outdoor Procession
  • Recitation of the Rosary
  • Preaching
  • Blessing of the Roses
  • Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament

Afterwards you are invited to join our chapter of the Lay Fraternity of St Dominic downstairs in the lecture hall for refreshments or stop by the parlor (to the left of the chapel) to say hello to the nuns! 

Dominicans Visiting the Pope!

A clip from CBS news on the Papal Visit of Pope Francis to St. Patrick Cathedral. Brief clips of Dominicans at the end!

The next day Sr. Denise Marie and Sr. Mary Catharine attended Mass at Madison Square Garden. They met with Fr. Jonah Pollack, OP, who had their tickets! Special thanks to Kathryn Jean Lopez for the tickets. She gave them to Sr. Judith Miryam at St. Patrick's. She in turn gave them to Fr. John Devaney, OP who was waiting outside. Then he gave them to Fr. Jonah who is at St. Catherine's in NYC. He then brought them to Madison Square Garden where the Sisters had been waiting for over 4 hours!  They estimate that they said hello and smiled at about 15,000 of the 19,000 people attending while they waited!

Sr. Denise Marie, Fr. Jonah Pollack, Sr. Mary Catharine

Sr. Denise Marie, Fr. Jonah Pollack, Sr. Mary Catharine

Sr. Denise Marie prays the Divine Office while waiting. Earlier they greeted every Cardinal and Bishop attending who passed them going by the barriers behind Sister!

Sr. Denise Marie prays the Divine Office while waiting. Earlier they greeted every Cardinal and Bishop attending who passed them going by the barriers behind Sister!

Nuns meet the Pope!

Yesterday, Sr. Judith Miryam was blessed to attend Vespers with Pope Francis at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Our Bronx sisters were given four tickets and as only three of their sisters were attending they offered the extra ticket to us. Sr. Judith Miryam headed to the Bronx monastery a few days early so as to avoid the chaos of travelling closer to the Pope's arrival in the city. Last night the rest of the community "attended" the Pope's celebration of Vespers via television.  The sisters had a very long wait inside the cathedral before Vespers began, and Sr. Judith Miryam sent us a picture of herself with Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart (Bronx) waiting for the Pope.

We knew from Sr. Judith Miryam the general area where they were seated, so we tried to spot them when the Holy Father entered the Cathedral. We did see them, but our camera wasn't quick enough to get a picture! Later, during the Holy Father's homily after the Vespers reading he thanked American women religious. At this point some women religious in the pews stood up and the camera focused on them. There was our Sr. Judith Miryam!   

You can just see her behind the blonde woman (sister?) in tan. Sr. Mary of the Sacred heart is farther to the right.

Today two more of our sisters are off to see the pope! At the last minute a friend offered us tickets to the Mass at Madison Square Garden, so Sr. Mary Catharine and Sr. Denise Marie hopped on a train this morning Manhattan bound!  Last night one sister suggested to Sr. Mary Catharine that she take along a side rosary (besides her own!) to have blessed by the Holy Father "just in case someone receives the habit in the future". So she was divested of her own side rosary and put on a brand new one for some unknown future novice who will be lucky be the lucky recipient of a side rosary blessed by the Holy Father (assuming, of course, he offers to bless the religious objects brought for that purpose). Other sisters suggested adding medals to the rosary for blessing, another thought of tucking some holy cards in sister's cuffs. 

Sr. Judith Miryam, Sr. Mary Catharine, and Sr. Denise Marie were not our only sisters to see Pope Francis!  A few of the sisters posed with the Holy Father (though not exactly "in the flesh") when visiting with our Sr. Mary Elizabeth last weekend at the St. Catherine Infirmary. 

Sr. Mary Cecilia, Sr. Mary Elizabeth, Sr. Joseph Maria, and Sr. Mary Magdalene with "Pope Francis"