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Dominican Nuns in Marbury celebrate anniversary of their foundation

Courtesy of Dominican Nuns of the Perpetual Rosary
MARBURY — This summer the Dominican Nuns at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude are celebrating the 75th anniversary of their foundation.
On Aug. 17, 1944, Foundation Day, the foundresses Mother Mary Dominic and Mother Mary of the Child Jesus left their monastery in Catonville, Md., to travel to Alabama and establish the first interracial cloister in the U.S. Archbishop Thomas J. Toolen, along with Fr. Harold Purcell of the City of St. Jude, joyfully welcomed them.
By Aug. 28, 1944, “Enclosure Day,” the cloister of their new monastery in Marbury was officially blessed, enabling the new community to begin living the life of Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Rosary, praise of God and intercession for the needs of the world, that continues to this day.
On Aug. 23, the nuns’ 75th Jubilee Year officially opened with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated by Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi at the monastery. The Archbishop was joined by Fr. James Dean, Fr. Den Irwin, Fr. Nicholas Napolitano, Fr. Frank Sofie, Msgr. Charles Troncale, Fr. Alex Valladares and Fr. Wayne Youngman of the Archdiocese of Mobile, and Fr. Bryan Jerabek of the Diocese of Birmingham. Many devoted friends of the monastery attended the Mass and enjoyed the following reception provided by Chappy’s Deli.
In his homily, Archbishop Rodi thanked the Dominican nuns for the 75 years of their prayerful presence in the Archdiocese. He praised the heroism of the Foundresses who patiently overcame obstacles and opposition to found this monastery which would accept women of any race who were called to the contemplative life, rather than rejecting them because “they are not like us,” as did the segregated society of the 1940s.
Archbishop Rodi spoke strongly against another type of segregation occurring in society and the Church today, a segregation springing from an increasing polarization of opinion that refuses to associate with those who are “not like us.”
He called on the nuns to direct their prayers to overcoming this new segregation, in fulfillment of their community’s motto, “That All May Be One” (cf. Jn 17:21).
— To read the nuns’ special 75th Jubilee Newsletter, visit MarburyDominicanNuns.org.

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