Contemplative Dominican Nuns to leave Camden


Bishop Dennis Sullivan will celebrate a Mass of thanksgiving at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 9, at the Perpetual Rosary Monastery in Camden. The community is celebrating their faithful service to the church through their Dominican Contemplative life in the Diocese of Camden for 113 years.
The Dominican monastery, the only one of its kind in the Diocese of Camden, is located at 1500 Haddon Ave. in Camden, adjacent to Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center. The four remaining nuns of the community have made the difficult decision to relocate to Elmira, N.Y. This move has become necessary because of the steady decline in vocations to the contemplative life.
Having discerned through prayer, great counsel and with the support of their Vicaress, they believe God is once again calling them to accept his will and, for the greater good of the church and their order, to engage in a renewed life and in a new place in order to continue participating in the work of the New Evangelization in whatever way God asks of them.
The four nuns will soon be joining their new community of sisters at the Monastery of Mary the Queen in Elmira, N.Y.
The deceased members of the community together with their founder Father Damien Marie Saintourens, OP will be re-interred to Calvary Cemetery in Cherry Hill. The monastery is and will remain the property of the Master of the Dominican Order.