Cloistered sisters make soap at the Shrine

One of our volunteers called us up to ask, "Did you know that the Independent (our local paper) did an article on your soaps?" Well, no we didn't know but we're glad they did it!

by Independent Press
Tuesday May 05, 2009, 11:45 AM

SUMMIT -- Founded in 1919 from the Monastery of the Perpetual Rosary in Union City, the nuns who reside at the Rosary Shrine near downtown Summit, at 543 Springfield Ave., trace their community's history to St. Dominic de Guzman, who founded the first monastery of the Nuns of the Orders of Preachers in Prouihle, France, in 1206.

Today, 21 cloistered sisters live at the Summit monastery, and their primary mission is to pray unceasingly for the salvation of souls and to support the preaching mission of the Dominican friars. The latest creative - and, they hope, profit-making - endeavor of the local sisters is a line of handcrafted soaps, available at their small on-site gift shop and also via their website, www.nunsopsummit.org. READ MORE