A reader sent me a link to an ESPN video
on the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne in Atlanta and like all in their
order do great work. The Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer blog
provides the background and the video.
The Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne were
founded in 1900 by Rose Hawthorne, the daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne,
the famed nineteenth-century American novelist. After her
conversion to Catholicism, Rose dedicated herself to caring for
incurable cancer patients on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Upon establishing her Dominican congregation, Rose took the name Mother
Alphonsa, and for over two decades she worked tirelessly for her
sisters and her patients. Rose’s remarkable life story bears
constant repetition. Her cause for canonization has been
introduced and is moving forward.
Eighty years after her death, Rose’s spiritual daughters continue to
live her charism in convents and nursing homes around the
country. As a sign of their vigor and zeal, they recently
opened a new home in Kenya.