Congregation of Saint Rose of Lima Founded in 1900
Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne


Congregation of Saint Rose of Lima Founded in 1900
Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne



 Servant of God, Rose Hawthorne (Mother Mary Alphonsa) 1851 - 1926
daughter, wife, mother, writer, convert, and religious foundress
Prayer for the Canonization of Rose Hawthorne Mother Mary Alphonsa, O.P.

Lord God, in your special love for the sick, the poor and the lonely, you raised up Rose Hawthorne (Mother Mary Alphonsa) to be the servant of those afflicted with incurable cancer with no one to care for them.  In serving the outcast and the abandoned, she strove to see in them the face of your Son.  In her eyes, those in need were always “Christ’s Poor.”


Grant that her example of selfless charity and her courage in the face of great obstacles will inspire us to be generous in our service of neighbor.  We humbly ask that you glorify your servant, Rose Hawthorne, on earth according to the designs of your holy will. Through her intercession, grant the favor that I now present (here make your request).   Through Jesus Christ our Lord.           Amen.


Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

have mercy on us!  (3 times)


Our Father            Hail Mary         Glory be to the Father


Canonization Process

Rejoice!  On June 30, 2014, Father Maurizio Tagliaferri was officially appointed as "Relator" for the Cause of Rose Hawthorne (Mother Mary Alphonsa).

Official Letter of Appointment



Monday, July 14, 2014




Re:  Relator has been officially appointed for the Cause of Mother Hawthorne


Dear Mo. Mary Mary Francis,


Greetings from Rome.


I would like to inform you and the sisters that today I received official word that a Relator has been officially appointed for the Cause of Mother Hawthorne. He is Fr. Maurizio Tagliaferri. His responsibility is to guide the writing of the Positio.


I am attaching to this email a copy of the Rescript for you to keep in your files (the original remains in the Postulation office). You will note that it is dated 30 June. The Congregation takes time to issue these documents, as you can see.


I will communicate with you once we have further news for the Cause. For now, please ask the sisters to pray for me and

Brother Reginald as we work hard for the Cause of your Mother Foundress.





Dr. Waldery Hilgeman



On April 9, 2013, the Archdiocese of New York concluded the Diocesan phase of the Cause and turned over the official copies of the documents to the Congregation of Causes of Saints for their review.  On March 4, 2014, the Congregation of the Causes of Saints released the Decree of Validity for the Diocesan Acts in the Cause of Rose Hawthorne.  Below is a copy of the letter from Dr. Waldery Hilgman, J.U.D., Postulator of the Cause with a translation of the Decree of Validity and a summary of the steps to follow.

Dear Mother Mary Francis, Father Gabriel, and all the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne,


With deepest joy and thanksgiving to God, I would like to officially inform you that last March 4, the Congregation of Causes of Saints, after much deliberation and consideration of the responses we gave to its inquiries, released the Decree of Validity for the Diocesan Acts in the Cause of Mother Rose Hawthorne. The signed decree was turned over to me last Monday.


By this act, the Congregation assures us that it has accepted the Acts of the Diocesan Inquiry which were completed and compiled by the Tribunal of the Archdiocese of New York in April 2013  and - lest a very grievous reason or question unexpectedly arise later - does not deem the need to constitute a supplementary session to sanate the process.


In behalf of the staff of our Postulation Office, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your cooperation and, more importantly, for sundering the heavens with your prayers for this particular intention. Truly, God's mercy and intervention were with us during these weeks of patient waiting!


In a few days, I will send a formal request to the Congregation for the appointment of the Relator of the Cause. He will be responsible in guiding the writing of the Positio by an appointed External Collaborator.


As we enter this new phase, I ask you to continue to pray as hard as you have done for the Spirit's guidance on both the Relator and the External Collaborator. Pray that they encounter very little problems in the writing of the Positio of Mother Hawthorne during the succeeding months.


Be assured of continued dedication from me and my staff for the Cause of Beatification and Canonization of the Servant of God, your most beloved foundress.


Truly yours,




Dr. Waldery Hilgman, J.U.D.


Dominican Sisters Congregation of Saint Rose of Lima

600 Linda Avenue

Hawthorne, NY  10532

(914) 769- 0114