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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An Announcement From Our Prioress

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The following was posted by Sister Moira on her blog.
Polished Worry Stone Rubbed Smooth by Faith and Prayer
Glories in the Cross
by Sister Moira 2013

Very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had just risen, the women went to the tomb.  They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?”

When they looked up they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled away.  Mk 16:2-4

Hear the worry in the women’s voices?  They say rubbing a worry stone calms the soul.  We all have our share of worries:  Hilda away from community caring for her aging parents, Paz with her sister awaiting brain surgery; the community searching to find a place to call our permanent home, sorting through real or imagined treasures of what to bring along and what to leave behind; the actual move; how we will function as Redemptoristines and Associates in the future…   How do we handle these worries?

If we look to our foundress, we see that despite all the blessings bestowed on Celeste throughout her life, she had her worries also.  But reflecting on the life of her Beloved in faith and prayer she wrote, “In your humiliations all the sweetnesses of your infinite glory are hidden.   How can I ever thank you for these marvelous humiliations while you invite me to keep you company (on the cross) and you in your mercy deign to gaze on me with your divine light.”    Flor. 117

And Jesus answers, “Give your attention to the treasure which I disclosed to you on the cross in which my eternal glory is enclosed.” Flor. 123

What is this treasure?  All our trials, humiliations, our frailties, our challenges; all our mundane tasks are hidden treasures.   By our own faith and prayer during this time of transition together we experience transformation of being rubbed smooth when we unite ourselves to Jesus on the cross and discover the graces and gifts, the wisdom and accomplishments in sweet acceptance of those hidden graces of the cross in order to obtain the glories of Jesus, our Beloved.  The stone has already been rolled away!

Let us polish our worry stones (rosary, or even a paper clip in your pocket) then, basking calmly in the merciful gaze of Christ’s divine light as we begin this Lenten season.
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Redemptoristine Contemplative Christmas

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Christmas Novena YouTube Video

The Spirit of Christmas

Here is the product of our madien voyage into producing videos and using YouTube.

Video is very simple. See if you can identify each sister’s voice. Bonus comes at end of this 7 minute clip.

MERRY CHRISTMAS to everyone!

May Jesus, the Prince of Peace be born in every heart.

From your Redemptoristine Sisters

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Community Christmas Letter 2012

Prepared by Sister Moira Quinn, OSsR, Prioress

 Advent 2012

Dear Family and Friends,

In last Advent’s letter we came to you in the posture of Naomi and Ruth,   Mary  and Joseph: standing together at the crossroads journeying to a new home.  This Advent we find ourselves with Joseph and Mary in temporary lodgings with Christ among us.   We pray that we will be guided by his star!

We had a challenging year looking for a place to call our new Mother of Perpetual Help Monastery because of Mount St. Alphonsus being sold.  We thought our long journey had ended this past spring when we found a convent in New Jersey.   Yet, as we were investigating the property, problems came to light which made it impossible for us to purchase that convent.  It was not meant to be.  God has other plans for us.

Because of this change of plans, we had a month to find temporary housing.  Fortunately, we found ‘room at the inn’ thanks to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart who rented us space in the lower level of Cabrini-on-the-Hudson in West Park, NY.  We began our life there with a Blessing Upon Moving into a New Dwelling ritual June 1, 2012.

Cabrini is only five miles south of our former monastery.  We have access to the lovely chapel upstairs for Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours.    Thankfully, we remain near the Redemptorists who come daily to celebrate the Eucharist.  We are grateful to still be near our friends, associates and doctors.  And we have been able to keep our phone number and post office box in Esopus.

In God’s beneficence, the Cabrini building has a spectacular view of the Hudson River from the large multipurpose sunroom (dining room, reading room, workroom) where we enjoy watching the deer, geese and wild turkeys stroll by, as well as the boats and barges that travel up and down the river.    Next to the sunroom is another large room which has been divided into a community room, sewing department where we continue to make the Capes for the Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulcher and do computer work.  Down the long hall there are the bedrooms with bathrooms and beyond that is the gymnasium where we are storing all our furniture, library and archives.

Our path has been blessed by many people during these months:  some of us stayed with the Benedictine Sisters while the move was in process, while others stayed with the Carmelites on the other side of the Hudson River.  In the midst of the move the whole community celebrated Pentecost with Carmelites.  And just recently they hosted us again to their Thanksgiving feast.

After our move we took the summer to recuperate before beginning to search for a new monastery again.  We have explored many paths.  Please keep us in prayer as we continue our journey and work with our facilitator and consultants to help us discern where the Lord wants us to offer our praise and intercession in a peace-filled, fully alive and safe setting as we live out our Redemptoristine way of life.

The year began with our community elections:  Sr. Moira was elected Prioress, Sr. Paula as Vicar and Sr. Hildegard as Secretary.  Around that time, Sr. Maria Paz celebrated her 50th anniversary of profession with friends.   Sr. Paula was our delegate for the General Assembly in Italy and came home enthused about the work that was done and the unity within the Order.  Two weeks after we moved into Cabrini, Sr. Lydia tripped in the woods and broke her leg in two places and spent four months in a rehabilitation facility.  She came home October 31st.   On August 11, 2012 Sr. Maria Linda made her Solemn Profession with our community with her sister and niece, and friends in attendance.  Sr. Margaret Reid, OSsR from Toronto also joined us to celebrate that grace-filled day.  Sr. Hildegard has been occupied assisting her elderly parents adjust to the new realities in their lives, yet still finds time to write icons and knit.  Sr. Mary Jane participated in a two day program on “Training in the Skills of Contemplative Dialogue.”   Sisters Mary Anne and Mary, our ‘wisdom sisters,’ continue to participate in our life to the best of their abilities with willing hearts.

On April 29, 2012 Father Provincial Kevin Moley celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for our 55 years in Esopus, attended by our friends, local religious and associates.  On September 9, 2012 our associates renewed their commitment to live out the Redemptoristine charism in their daily lives at a Mass in the Cabrini Chapel.   Our community retreat was given in October by Sr. Pat Conron, csj.  Her presentations soothed our souls after our stressful year and made us feel the loving embrace of God.   During this Advent our community is having weekly reflections on “A Journey in Redemptoristines Spirituality” remembering our “Yes” to the Lord’s captivating Call of Love.

Thank you to all the Redemptoristines and Redemptorists who collaborated in making the General Assembly possible, and to those who constructed the Order’s new Website.  It is wonderful!

As our Christmas gift to you, you will be remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass December 16th to 24th during our Novena before Christmas.   On those evenings after Vespers we extinguish all the chapel lights and pray by the glow of the lit Advent wreath for all your intentions with these words:

‘Adore, oh my soul, in the bosom of Mary,

the only begotten Son of God,

who became man for love of you.’


May you journey in peace and good health as you celebrate this season of hope and joy!

All our prayers and love be yours this Christmas and throughout the New Year.

Your Redemptoristine Sisters in New York.

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Mailing address: P.O. Box 220, Esopus, New York 12429-0220


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News December 2012

View of the Hudson River from Cabrini West Park

Launching Our New Website

The Redemptoristine Nuns, formerly of Esopus, New York are eager to remain in contact with all their friends. We hope that our new website will do just that giving us a means of informing you about developments in our story. The “Contact Us” form on the “Contact” page of this site will help you to keep us informed about your lives and families.

Just to review our current status: On June 1, 2012 we relocated to the grounds of Cabrini West Park along Route 9W, just five miles south of our old home. In the last two years our community has followed a demanding path, searching for and investigating scores of possible sites for a suitable permanent home. There were great hopes for a former friary in an urban area of New Jersey where we could happily relocate and be part of the local Church community in a new way. Unfortunately issues involving a buried leaking 4,000 gallon fuel oil tank made it necessary to withdraw from the purchase contract at the end of April. There remained little more than a month in which to find a temporary home for the community and its monastic furnishings.

Our current home includes the lower level of the administration building (kitchen, dining room, common room and nine bedrooms with baths), two offices on the first floor, use of a lovely chapel and ample space for storage. The view of the river fills us with awe. May not seem possible but it is an even more beautiful view than the one offered by Mount St. Alphonsus. However, our presence on the property is invisible to those passing by.

Except for the time of daily Mass, visitors must ring the bell at the side service entrance to access the Redemptoristine quarters. The common room has been arranged to accommodate the cape sewing room (in full swing at the height of the season), computers and mailroom as well as makeshift community room space. While far from ideal, we are nonetheless grateful to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart for their willingness to rent this space to us at such short notice. In the spirit of Mother Cabrini they have once again welcomed immigrants into their midst.

The move itself was quite a marathon – three days of packing by the movers, two days of loading trucks and two more days of unloading. It was a blessing that we were able to welcome the return of our older sisters from a Carmelite monastery the day after the movers left. Our first Mass took place the next day, Trinity Sunday. The sisters who facilitated the move appreciated three days of generous overnight hospitality from the Benedictine Sisters in Kingston.

We took a few months off to recuperate from the rigors of transition and formulate a plan for the next stage of their journey. We pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit in our discernment and count on the support of your prayers. Mailing address and telephone number remain the same: Redemptoristine Nuns, P.O. Box 220, Esopus, New York 12429-0220 – 845-384-6533 We now have a community Facebook Page at



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After a great deal effort and prayer our Redemptoristine community is moving on into its future. Our big move will take place June 24-25. Read our BLOG for details…

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