In Memory of Sister Mary of the Rosary, OP

Sister Mary of the Rosary memorial card

Sister Mary of the Rosary, OP passed away on Monday, August 24, the feast of St. Bartholomew, at the age of 89 and after 70 years of religious life. Born Lalia Ilivia Jones on September 2, 1925, Sister was raised in Chicago where at the age of 6 she converted to the Catholic Faith after witnessing the reverence at a Catholic Mass.  At age 18 she officially entered the Church.  Desiring to serve God as a cloistered nun “like the Little Flower,” she entered the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude on March 24, 1945.  The monastery had been founded as a new, interracial community on August 17, 1944, only little … Continue reading

Foundation Day – 70th Anniversary

On August 17th, 1944, the feast of St. Hyacinth, our two Mother Foundresses boarded the train in Catonsville, Maryland, headed for Montgomery. The next morning they stepped off into the sweltering heat of mid-August Alabama. A local priest escorted the two nuns out to the countryside North of the city where there was a small Resurrectionist mission, and, next door, an old frame farm house. Unbeknownst to our Mothers, this had been converted into a makeshift monastery—and a pretty good one, at that! With growing amazement and joy, they were shown around the house, to which a long dormitory had been added on with the monastic cells all prepared, and … Continue reading

Feast of St. Augustine: Enclosure Day

Photo of a Dominican Nun praying by the enclosure grille

The Feast of St. Augustine is special to us, first of all because St. Dominic and the early Friars chose the Rule of St. Augustine as the basis for our way of life. Secondly, it is the day on which our Foundresses were canonically enclosed in 1944, just 10 days after they arrived in Alabama. This is most unusual in the history of monastic foundations. Normally it takes a long time, sometimes years, to have a monastery built and ready for the Sisters to occupy in order for this to take place. But God provided our Founding Mothers upon their arrival on August 18th with a small frame house fully … Continue reading

Ite ad Joseph

The month of March is dedicated in a special way to St. Joseph. From the very beginning of our history, the Dominican Order has had great devotion to him as well. It was St. Dominic’s original vision that we should live completely on alms. So, just as in the Old Testament Pharaoh told everyone to go to Joseph, so St. Dominic wanted us to go to St. Joseph, provider of the Holy Family, and of the Church. It was Pope Pius IX who made St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church, for the very same reason. During the month of March we have a special procession and prayers each day … Continue reading