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HISTORY OF THE MONASTERY

Histor1

Corpus Christi Monastery is the oldest Dominican monastery in the United States, a 127-year old branch of the first monastery of nuns founded by St. Dominic de Guzman in Prouilhe, France, in 1206. St. Dominic saw his first daughters as partners in the “Holy Preaching” of the friars, offering them support by their prayers and sacrifices.

Mother Mary of Jesus

Mother Mary of Jesus (Julia Crooks of New York City)

Mother Mary of Jesus (Julia Crooks of New York City), having made her formation in Oullins, France, founded the Monastery of St. Dominic in Newark, NJ, in 1880. Nine years later, she and five other Sisters came to the Bronx, at the invitation of Archbishop Michael Augustine Corrigan who requested the presence of a contemplative community of nuns with a special purpose of praying for the seminarians and priests of the Archdiocese of New York.

The land was purchased, and by the time Corpus Christi Monastery was built, there were twenty religious.

Foundresses, standing (l. to r.), Sr. Mary of the Blessed Sacrament and Mother Mary of the Rosary; Seated l. to r.) Mother Mary of Jesus and Mother Mary of Mercy; kneeling in front (l. to r.), Sr. Mary Antonius and Sr. Margaret Mary.

Foundresses, standing (l. to r.), Sr. Mary of the Blessed Sacrament and Mother Mary of the Rosary; Seated l. to r.) Mother Mary of Jesus and Mother Mary of Mercy; kneeling in front (l. to r.), Sr. Mary Antonius and Sr. Margaret Mary.

Today the nuns continue that great tradition of prayer and sacrifice, study and work established by their foundresses.

Procession to the nuns' choir.

Procession to the nuns’ choir.