SUMMIT, NJ - A gala benefit will be held November 6 to benefit the Dominican Nuns, the "angels of prayer", whose home has been the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit for nearly a century.
Louis J. Martine (1933-2013), James R. Prisco, Sr. and James R. Prisco, Jr. will be honored at the event; with special guest speakers including Bishop Manuel Aurelio Cruz, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Newark; and Andreas Widmer, author of The Pope and the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard, and Director of Entrepreneurship Programs, The Catholic University of America. Widmer will talk about his life-changing encounters with Pope St. John Paul II.
In 1206, St. Dominic de Guzman gathered together a group of women converts from the Albigensian heresy at Prouilhe, France. Forming them into a community of prayer and penance, he associated them with the holy preaching of his brethren, the friars of the Order of Preachers, founded in 1216. Under Dominic’s care, monasteries were founded in Rome, Bologna, and throughout Europe. The first American Perpetual Rosary monastery was established in 1891 at the Blue Chapel, Union City, NJ. In 1919, fifteen sisters led by Mother Mary Imelda Gauthier, O.P., left there to found the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit.
The Dominican nuns have a history and a legacy of helping others, by action as well as prayer. There is much written about their courage during the Holocaust, when they risked their own safety to aid, hide, and save the lives of countless European Jews. There is a local Jewish family who tell the story of their cousins, saved from the Nazis by Dominican nuns and a Dominican priest, who hid them underwater, with straws to breathe, until it was safe.
For almost 100 years, the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit has been a “spark of light” to the community. Dominican nuns from all over the country and the world live a simple existence of contemplation, prayer, work, and study in what is the only cloistered monastery in the Archdiocese of Newark, and the only Dominican monastery in the State of New Jersey.
The Dominican nuns’ life is made possible through the support of their religious, ecclesiastical and civil superiors, their families, friends, and benefactors. The nuns find work, and help towards their daily expenses, by handcrafting Seignadou Soaps, candles, and a variety of woodwork and needlecraft gifts which they sell in their small cloister gift shop.
Tickets to the Gala, which includes cocktails, dinner, raffles, awards, and entertainment provided by The Infernos, are $250 per person. Preceding the Gala, at 5:30 p.m., there will be a Mass at Rosary Shrine, located at 543 Springfield Avenue in Summit.