As the story goes, after accepting our community into the diocese, Bishop O’Leary then asked Mother Mary Hyacinth a practical question, namely how much money she had on hand to begin the foundation with. When she answered, “Five dollars,” the good Bishop exclaimed, “Do you think you can make a foundation with five dollars?” To which Mother, undaunted, replied, “I can’t, but the Blessed Mother can.” This trust in Our Lady’s maternal care is one of the precious legacies our foundress has bequeathed to us. We have always understood that this monastery, dedicated to Our Lady under her glorious title of “Mother of God,” is, in a special way, her monastery. And we are here for her, and for her Son, and so for the whole Mystical Body of Christ, the Church. Our main devotions have been, and continue to be, the Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration, both flowing from the Divine Liturgy itself.
History has a way of putting things in perspective, which is why it is good from time to time to look back on the near one hundred years we have been in this diocese. The sisters who have gone before us never had an easy time of it, yet they persevered in our way of life for thirty, forty, fifty, and for some of them, even sixty and seventy years! There was the initial work of establishing the foundation from scratch, starting with practically nothing but their faith. Then the depression set in, followed by the horrors of World War II. In the early 1950’s the dream of a real monastic building (our present one) was realized, but with struggles to obtain the necessary building materials, as the Korean war was on. By the 1960’s there was the building debt to take care of, amidst all the sweeping social changes, ushering rebellion and a general turning away from faith in God. Vatican II only seemed to make matters much worse, as so many religious vocations were lost or not even begun. Through all of that, day in and day out, our dear sisters have carried on our life of prayer, becoming an example of fidelity we hope to follow.
Who will be the next generation of “prayer warriors” for Our Lady? We don’t know, but continue to trust in Our Lady’s maternal care for us. In these dark times, the important thing is not our numbers, but that we follow the example bequeathed to us by our founding sisters, namely that of fidelity, day in and day out.