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Join Nuns In Novena to Mother of Perpetual Help

OLPH Chapel Lightened


June, 2013

Dear Friends

Your Redemptoristine Sisters, formally of Esopus, come to you with news.  Thank you for your prayers and support these past two years since we began our search for a new monastery.

Over a month ago, the Carmel of the Incarnation in Beacon, New York extended an invitation to us to share space in their monastery when they realized their building was being under-utilized.   This was the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!   We are pleased to be able to remain here in the Hudson Valley in a peaceful location close to our friends, associates and doctors, and feel blessed to continue our Redemptoristie charism for the church and the world in a monastic setting.

The Redemptoristines and the Carmelites have been linked by prayer, friendship, and support for over 45 years as founding members of the Metropolitan Association of Contemplative Communities.

Initially, the nine members in our community made a commitment to remain together, but within the last year it has become evident that we could no longer support our sisters who require care for their special needs.  Thus, we made the difficult decision that three of our sisters, as much as we love and cherish them, must go into assisted living.  They will be moving to Meadowview for Assisted Living at Wartburg in Mount Vernon, New York June 11, 2013.

Carmel of the Incarnation will welcome the other six into their monastery on June 25, 2013.   We firmly believe that being well-grounded religious firmly rooted in our unique charisms, our sharing of space within the Beacon monastery will be one of enrichment and support for both communities rather than diminishment of our particular gifts to the people of God.

The beauty of our life of prayer transcends space and time.  So, even though we are separating, we will continue to be one community in heart, mind and spirit living in two locations.  No matter in which place we find ourselves individually, we live like our Blessed Mother striving to live the love of Christ in constant communion with her Son who is the light of our faith, the strength of our charity and the source of our hope.

Because we will just be settling in to our new surroundings, we will be unable to hold a public celebration in honor of our Mother of Perpetual Help on June 27, 2013.  We thank our Lady for accompanying us this past year and answering our prayers. Yet, there is so much more to pray for: the needs of our world today, the intentions of our families and friends…  Let us bring these intentions to Mary whom Jesus from the cross entrusted to us saying, “Behold your Mother!”

Please send us your intentions.  They will be placed before the icon of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in the chapel.   With trust and faith we confidently invoke her powerful intercession throughout the novena beginning June 19 by saying this prayer:

Holy Mary, help all in distress, encourage the fainthearted,
console the sorrowful, be the advocate of all the clergy and religious,
strengthen family life, bring peace to our world,
intercede for all God’s holy people;

 let all feel your aid who implore your Perpetual Help.

 Our Mother of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

 That we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

       O Lord Jesus Christ,

               who has given us your Mother Mary,

whose miraculous image we venerate, to be our Mother

 ever ready to help us, grant we pray, that we who earnestly implore her aid

 may deserve to enjoy perpetually the fruit of your redemption.

You who live and reign for ever and ever.  Amen.

Our Mother of Perpetual Help

Pray for Us


New Address as of June 11, 2013

Sr. Mary Anne Reed, OSsR, Unit 210
Sr. Lydia Lojo-Cruz, OSsR, Unit 216

Sr. Mary McCaffrey, OSsR, Unit 231

Meadowview at Wartburg

2 Wartburg Place

Mt Vernon, NY 10552 

New address as of June 25, 2013

Sr. Paula Schmidt, OSsR

Sr. Maria Paz Suarez, OSsR

Sr. Mary Jane Stefanik, OSsR

Sr. Moira Quinn, OSsR

Sr. Hildegard Pleva, OSsR

Sr. Maria Linda Magbiro,OSsR

Redemptoristine Nuns

 89 Hiddenbrooke  Drive

 Beacon, NY 12508



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Redemptoristines Moving to Carmel of the Incarnation In Beacon,New York


May 29, 2013 – The Redemptoristine Nuns whose former monastery was located on the grounds of Mt. Saint Alphonsus Retreat Center, Esopus and who currently reside at Cabrini on Hudson, West Park will be relocating to the Carmel of the Incarnation in Beacon, New York at the end of June.

The Redemptoristine contemplative community has been a presence in the Hudson Valley since 1957 when six nuns arrived from Canada at the invitation of the Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province whose seminary was located at the Mount. Upon the sale of that property to Church Communities, Inc. in 2012 the nuns found temporary housing on the property of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart. Over a two year period the nuns engaged in an extensive search for a new monastery which would support their contemplative religious life and provide proper facilities for the elderly and handicapped. None were found which would both support their religious lifestyle and be suitable for all members.

The Carmelite community extended an invitation to the Redemptoristines after considering the increase of empty space within their large monastery. Both communities are committed to preserving a rich contemplative monastic tradition within the Catholic Church and remaining faithful to their ministry of prayer. Their desire is “to create together an environment that fosters the growth and well-being of each sister’s contemplative life as lived in the Carmelite and Redemptoristine traditions and that has the potential for creating together opportunities for effective outreach to the larger community and Church.”The Order of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or Carmelites was founded in the 12th century. Well-known saints of the Order include Teresa of Avila, Therese of Lisieux, and Edith Stein. They have had a presence in America since 1790. The Carmel of the Incarnation in Beacon represents a merger established in 2000 of the monasteries of Beacon, NY, Saranac Lake, NY and Barre, VT. The Order of the Most Holy Redeemer or Redemptoristines was founded in 1731 in the area of Naples, Italy by the Venerable Maria Celeste Crostarosa. Their North American presence began in 1947 in Canada. Both Orders are international and have monasteries in countries all over the world.

Six Redemptoristine nuns will move to Beacon at the end of June. Three other Redemptoristines will be moving to Meadowview Assisted Living at The Wartburg Adult Care Community in Mt. Vernon, NY.

Three sisters moved into Meadowview at Wartburg this week and are settling in very well. The remaining sisters are packing and making all the necessary last minute preparations. We are looking forward to sharing contemplative life with our friends in Beacon and resuming our contemplative monastic life.




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