Dominican Convent of Our Lady of the Rosary
Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
Built in 1967, Dominican Convent is home to over 100 Sister residents and provides the home base for the congregation’s life and mission as joyful women of prayer and compassion who proclaim the Reign of God through ministry for justice and reverence for all creation.
Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel
Dominican Convent was enhanced in 2001 with the addition of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel—a beautiful and peace-filled place of prayer, reflection, and worship. The heart of the campus, Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel is the spiritual home for the Dominican Sisters and Associates. Centrally located, the Chapel adjoins the main entrance to the Convent, allowing easy access for residents, staff, and visitors. To learn more about this beautiful Chapel’s history, art, and architecture, click here.
Sacred Heart Chapel
Built in 1914, Sacred Heart Chapel represents the strength, love, and kindness shown by the founding Sisters and has served as a source of spiritual nourishment for the Sisters, children, the St. Thomas Aquinas College community, and local residents for more than 100 years. This red brick landmark offers a truly magnificent setting, available for weddings and funerals. For photos and more information, click here.
Cotter Court – bottom left
Just outside the doors of the Community Room is Cotter Court; a calm and enjoyable space to sit under the trees to enjoy the sights and scents of beautifully planted flower beds. The meditative space was made possible by a generous gift from a benefactor and is enjoyed by the Sisters, Associates, family, and friends.
St. Agnes Cemetery – bottom right
St. Agnes Cemetery is holy ground, the resting place for our beloved Sisters who have gone before us. Visitors are always touched by the peace and serenity of this sacred space. In 2012, a generous donation was received, which allowed the Sisters to make necessary repairs and improve the landscaping of the cemetery.
While visiting the Dominican Convent, guests are free to walk the beautifully landscaped grounds where colorful flower beds, seating areas, and quiet spots for personal reflection can be found throughout.
St. Joseph Garden provides a place of quiet respite where Sisters and guests may pause for a relaxing moment or quiet conversation with friends.
Walking Our Labyrinth
One can make a spiritual journey by walking the labyrinth, a single circular path leading to a center and out again. Since the 4th century, Christian pilgrims have experienced the winding and unpredictable path of a labyrinth as a way of deepening their relationship with God. The labyrinth symbolizes the challenging journey of life with its highs and lows and moments of feeling lost, even as one continues the path, knowing that God’s love and salvation is at the center of one’s journey. The Labyrinth outside Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel was a generous gift from a grateful friend of the Dominican Sisters.
Thorpe Village and Dowling Gardens
These two senior housing communities, begun by the Dominican Sisters, are adjacent to the grounds of Dominican Convent.