Saturday, March 3, 2012

Immaculate Conception

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception was always celebrated with special devotion in Stone and considered the feast of their foundation. When the Novitiate house was built in 1852, the church was dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. Although the Stone Dominicans are known canonically as the English Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena, the Congregation was also placed under the protection of the the Virgin Mary and the Immaculate Conception had always been associated with the origin of the Community.

Drane, Augusta Theodosia (Mother Francis Raphael), Life of Mother Margaret Mary Hallahan: Foundress of the English Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena of the Third Order of St. Dominic, Longmans, Green and Co., New York, New York, 1929, p. 118.