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Rose Hawthorne: American Catholic Convert

July 6, 2023 No Comments

Many know Nathaniel Hawthorne as one of the most famous writers in American history.

But did you know that his daughter, Rose, was a Catholic convert who founded her own religious order, and is on the path to sainthood?

Sr. Diana Marie Andrews, O.P., herself a Catholic convert and vocation director for the Hawthorne Dominicans, shares how Rose Hawthorne, who took the religious name Mother Mary Alphonsa, had a love for Christ that overflowed into serving terminal cancer patients, and how that work continues to this day.

Mother Mary Alphonsa died on July 9, 1926, and her cause for canonization was approved in 2003, meaning that she is being considered by the Catholic Church for possible formal recognition as a saint.

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