Our Rosary Pilgrimages on the first Sunday of May and October are a tradition that goes back since the beginnings of our monastery 90 years ago. Yesterday, the chapel was full with pilgrims come to honor our Lady and ask her intercession as we begin the month dedicated to her.
Fr. Augustine Judd, OP, from St. Joseph's Parish in Greenwich Village, NY was our guest preacher. Father expanded on the gospel text, "Who do you say that I am?" and said that Rosary is the response to that question as, through the eyes and heart of Mary we learn to know and love Christ.
Julia Brennan, granddaughter of Maureen Brennan, our good friend and prioress of our local chapter of the Fraternities of St. Dominic crowned our Lady's statute. It's always a delight to see the little girls crown our Lady each year. One sister remarked that it seemed like just yesterday Julia was a little baby in a stroller and now she is 6 years old!
After the Holy Hour we gathered in the parlor to greet some of our guests. It was a wonderful experience of Dominican Family with about 10 conversations going on at once and lots of laughter!
We thank Jesus and Mary for all the graces of the day and ask that all the petitions of our pilgrims be answered according to God's providential will.
The Sisters sing the opening hymn for the procession.
Fr. Augustine Judd, OP preaches with Our Lady looking on.
Our dear friend, Maureen Brennan with her beautiful granddaughter, Julia. Maureen is also the prioress of our local chapter of lay Dominicans.
Reunion time! Sr. Mary John poses with Marianne Jablonski, Provincial President of the Fraternities of St. Dominic. Marianne was a postulant here many years ago and introduced Sr. Mary John to the Dominican Family. They hadn't seen each other for many years and as some of the sisters were talking to Marianne she asked, "who is that nun over there?" Joint exclamations of surprise and more hugs were the order of the day!