Religions and Spirituality

Dominican Cloistered Nuns Announce Capital Campaign for Monastery Expansion

April 28, 2014 at 3:38 PM

SUMMIT, NJ - The Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, have launched a $4 million capital campaign entitled “Making the Light Shine Brighter.” 

The purpose of the Campaign is to fund a 5,500 square -foot addition to the monastery.  The nuns built their monastery in 1939 but, due to the Great Depression, were never able to complete the building.

“Our facilities for welcoming the many people who come to our monastery to seek Christ and to share our life are severely inadequate,” said Sister Judith Miryam, O.P., Director of Advancement.  “In the past 10 years, we have experienced a constant increase in the numbers of people who come to our monastery.  Often we have to turn people away because of lack of space or not being handicap-accessible."

The new wing will include guest rooms, dining room, parlors and a gift shop, which will feature their handmade Seignadou Soaps, Cloister Candles. and crafted wood items from St. Joseph’s Wood shop as well as religious articles and books.

The lower level of the proposed wing will be for the nuns’ needs and include workrooms, offices, and an exercise/therapy room.  Due to the increasing number of vocations, rooms currently used as workrooms and offices are needed for monastic cells (bedrooms) for the new sisters in the community. 

The new wing will be fully handicap-accessible. The chapel vestibule will be renovated to provide handicap accessibility to the chapel.

The driveway will be reconfigured for easier access with increased parking.

“From the very beginning of our foundation in 1919, we have been dependent on the Providence of God and He has never failed to provide for our needs through so many wonderful benefactors,” said Sister Mary Catharine, O.P., Vocation Directress. “Trusting in God’s constant care for us, we are confident that He will open the hearts of many people to help us with this building project.  We are looking for generous people who believe in the future of religious life, and the importance of monasteries as vital places from which the Light of Christ shines upon our world in a special way.”

The nuns will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Order of Preachers by Saint Dominic de Guzman in 2016, and the 100th anniversary of the founding of their Summit monastery in  2019.  They hope to finish the new wing in time for their centennial celebration. 

The monastery is open to the public from 6 a.m to 7 p.m. daily.  Daily Mass is at 7:15 a.m., and Sunday Mass is at 7:30 a.m.  The nuns’ schedule of prayer can be found on their website at summitdominicans.org. 

The first official kick-off event of the campaign will be hosted by Reverend Brian G. Plate, pastor of Saint Teresa of Avila Church, Summit, and honorary chair of the Campaign’s Centennial Committee, at the parish’s Memorial Hall, on May 18. 

For more information about the Dominican Nuns’ Capital Campaign, visit their website or contact Sister Judith Miryam, OP, Director of Advancement at nuns100@summitdominicans.org.

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