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St. Mary's Convent - The Poor Servants of the Mother of God

The Convent of The Poor Servants of the Mother of God


A stone sent from Ireland adorned St. Mary's Convent, Sister Loretta O'Connor, above, said it reads "1100,000 Blessings", from an Irish blessing: 1100,000 blessings at your door.

Sister Mary Coughlan, above, and the other sisters started and ended each day In the convent's chapel. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the priest at St. Anthony's Catholic Church In Norton, held 7:30 a.m. mass in the chapel and sometimes 5 p.m. weekday mass was held there. Pictures of the sisters who have served in Norton lined the walls of the St. Mary's Convent. Sr. Agnes Gabrielle's funeral was the only funeral service that was held in the chapel. This chapel was always simple, elegant, and peaceful.

Since, they could not afford architect fees, Sister Anne Christina asked Denise Gabriele to design and prepare the floor plans for the St. Mary’s Convent. After meeting with Sr. Anne Christina and Sr. Cecilia, Denise prepared a set of plans that would both meet the Sisters' needs and give the nuns a peaceful and loving home. Sinicrope Construction built the building that served as the convent.

Denise Gabriele said, "I found it a true honor to give them back something very special. As an act of love, at no cost to them, I prepared for The Poor Servants the plans needed to build a home for rest and comfort, and a chapel to pray and celebrate God. To this day, I can honestly say the proudest project that I have ever prepared were the floor plans of St. Mary’s Convent."

1. A House Blessing              2. Bless Our Home

A House Blessing

Listen to the Prayer

God bless the corners of this house,
And be the lentil blest;
And bless the hearth and bless the board
And bless each place of rest;

And bless each door that opens wide
To stranger as to kin;
And bless each crystal window pane
That lets the starlight in;

And bless the rooftree overhead,
And every sturdy wall,
The peace of man, the peace of God,
The peace of love on all. Amen.


Bless Our Home


Listen to the Prayer

O God,
by your heavenly star,
you guided those who were wise
to your beloved Son, Jesus Christ.

May your blessing come to rest on our home and all of us.
Make our lives wise with your wisdom,
true to your teaching,
and enlivened by your love. Amen.