October 2, 2018 will be an historic day here at the monastery because on this day we will officially begin a year of celebration, giving thanks and praise to God for the founding of this Dominican house of prayer, a “holy preaching”, by Mother Mary Imelda and the 14 foundresses on October 2, 1919. When you are a 100 years old you need a whole year to celebrate!
What better way to commemorate this special jubilee year of a monastery dedicated to Our Lady and her rosary than by commissioning a unique rosary!
For the past year Sr. Mary Catharine has been working with the Italian company, Ghirelli Rosary, to create a unique rosary for our monastery. Thanks to their wonderful craftsmanship which reflects their love of Our Lady’s rosary we now have this beautiful rosary available for you to purchase from either our monastery gift shop or our online store.
There are 2 styles. One with a beautiful blue Lucite bead and the other a carved Italian wood bead that reflects the rosaries we wear on our belts.
The “Pater bead” is a round medal. One side is an image of the monstrance in our chapel and the opposite side is the Marian logo that is carved in the altar of Our Lady’s side altar. The centerpiece is an image of the Madonna and Child triptych in the rear of our chapel which is beloved by so many who come. The reverse is the image of the bas-relief of Our Lady giving the Rosary to St. Dominic which is above Our Lady’s altar.
Because the Great Crucifix is in our Choir and can’t be seen by those in the chapel we weren’t sure what to use for the Crucifix. On a whim Sr. Mary Catharine suggested Fra Angelico’s St. Dominic at the foot of the Cross and the designers produced a beautiful and unique Crucifix for our Jubilee Rosary.
Finishing off the rosary is a small reproduction of the medal struck in 1921 on the occasion of the FIRST Rosary Pilgrimage here at our monastery when it was not even 2 years old. To this day each nun wears this medal on her habit rosary.
We are truly excited to offer this rosary to you for two reasons. First to commemorate this beautiful anniversary and second, to offer a beautiful instrument of prayer especially during these times when we need more than ever to invoke Our Blessed Mother’s powerful intercession through her rosary which must be her favorite prayer!
Both styles of our Jubilee rosary are available in very limited quantities so we suggest you don’t delay in getting yours!