Welcome to our web site!

Let me tell you a little about our community.

We, the Hawthorne Dominicans, are part of the “Order of Preachers”. We live and pray in a holy tradition that dates back to the time of Saint Dominic in the 13th Century. The Dominican mission is to preach God’s love which we accomplish through our apostolate of nursing incurable cancer patients who cannot afford care. Our apostolate preaches the intrinsic value and dignity of each human being in their last stage of life. We care for the crucified and suffering Christ in each of our patients.

As consecrated religious we live our consecration first through the daily Liturgy of the Eucharist, our daily liturgical prayer, our common apostolate and our lifelong study.

Our congregation was founded in 1900 by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, (Mother Mary Alphonsa,) the daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Rose was a convert to Catholicism and in searching for a way to serve God and the poor began her work of caring for incurable cancer patients on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.

Today we have three Homes throughout the United States and one new mission in Kisumu, Kenya. We trust in God's Divine Providence. All of our Homes are supported by unsolicited donations from the public. We take no Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance or private funds from the patients or their families. Our dear foundress believed if she was doing God’s work, He would provide..and He has!!

In each of our Homes we continue Mother’s desire to treat each of our dear patients as our loved ones and "to put them in our very best bedroom to receive God's loving and tender care". Our Homes are God's Homes and we are happy to welcome His poor so that we can shower His love upon them until He calls them to their eternal Home.

We would be pleased to have you visit us as part of your journey of discernment. Please feel free to contact our Vocation Directress, Sr. Alma Marie. Sister will be happy to provide you with assistance.

Thank you for visiting our site and may God bless you!

Mother Mary Francis
Superior General