As Dominicans we share in a tradition of love and devotion to Our Blessed Mother and have a very special devotion to the Most Holy Rosary. Our community comes from a branch of the Order founded in 1880 by the French Dominicans Father Saintourens and Mother Rose of St. Mary. They wished to form a Guard of Honor for Our Lady by observing the Perpetual Rosary. Although the monastery at Catonsville, Maryland, from which our founding Mothers came, did not have Perpetual Adoration along with the Rosary, our Mothers rejoiced that this privilege was granted them in their Alabama foundation. Our “Hour of Guard” is one of our most treasured hours each day.
Just as the liturgical year makes all the mysteries of Jesus’ life present to our souls, shaping us into His image, so the Rosary brings us daily into saving contact with those same mysteries. No one was (or is) closer to Jesus than Mary, His Mother. Through the Rosary we gaze at Him with her eyes, and are shaped into His image by her hands.
By St. Louis Marie de Montfort’s Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary, which we make and live as a community, we put this spirit of devotion intimately into effect in our lives. “When will that happy time come,” asks St. Louis Marie, “that age of Mary, when many souls, chosen by Mary and given her by the most High God, will hide themselves completely in the depths of her soul, becoming living copies of her, loving and glorifying Jesus? That day will dawn only when the devotion I teach is understood and put into practice. Ut adveniat regnum tuum, adveniat regnum Mariae: “Lord, that your kingdom may come, may the reign of Mary come!” (True Devotion, para. 217)