With a joyful smile and memorable words, Cardinal Timothy Dolan
blessed Mount Saint Mary College’s newly-transformed Dominican
Center, on Wednesday, September 17.
The ceremony evoked the building’s original dedication ceremony
in 1927, when Cardinal Patrick Hayes blessed the Dominican Center,
or "Greater Mount Saint Mary Academy," after it was constructed for
the Dominican Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary. The Chapel of the
Most Holy Rosary was added and dedicated in 1928.
The transformed Dominican Center began welcoming traditional
upperclassmen as residents at the beginning of the fall 2014
semester. The first and second floors of the Dominican Center house
a state-of-the-art library – The Kaplan Family Library and Learning
Center – which opened in spring 2014.
The Dominican Center’s Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary was filled
with Mount faculty, staff, students and supporters.
“It is an honor and a joy for me to be with you today,” said
Cardinal Dolan. “Thank you, Mount Saint Mary College, for who you
are and what you do here in the great area of Newburgh, and
throughout this entire state.”
Cardinal Dolan thanked the Mount’s Board of Trustees, including
Dr. Albert J. Gruner, chairman, for their excellent leadership, and
the Mount’s benefactors for their contributions. He also welcomed
the college’s new president, Dr. Anne Carson Daly, wishing her “a
very long and successful term.”
He honored the Dominican Sisters of Hope, who raised funds to
build the Dominican Center 87 years ago, saying, “You Dominicans
have been the vanguard when it comes to excellent education in the
liberal arts, carrying on the wonderful tradition of your founder,
St. Dominic, and the wonderful intellectual heritage of St. Thomas
Cardinal Dolan blessed plaques bearing the names of the
Dominican Center’s benefactors. The plaques will be placed
throughout the building.
He added, “Study can be a vehicle of God’s revelation. This
great Mount Saint Mary College needs both heart and mind, and it’s
got them. It’s got intellect. And it’s got foundation of the heart,
like St. Francis of Assisi.”
Also officiating the ceremony were Bishop Dominick Lagonegro,
Episcopal Vicar of the Northern Vicariates for the Archdiocese of
New York; and Fr. William Scafidi, pastor of Sacred Heart Church in
Mount Saint Mary College purchased the Dominican Center,
including the building and 13.1 acres of land, on July 13,