Little-known monastery operating in county


    Two Hearts 1 4-20
    News-Herald Staff Writer

    HOPEDALE – Deep in the heart of eastern Harrison County lies a little-known religious community whose sole purpose is praying for and helping others.

    The Order of the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts of Jesus and Mary began in 1998 along Annapolis Road outside Hopedale and currently includes five men and women who spend hours in prayer and lifting up souls in the community. The group also takes prayer requests from the public through its Web site or by mail and  goes into the community to assist others.

    “We’re about interceding for others,” Father Francis, a member of the order said, adding requests could center on illness and peace to world events. “We read Scripture and pray the Rosary to grow closer to the Lord.  We have some of the traditional monastic dimensions. Even though we’re new, we are unique in different ways, too.”

    The 75-acre monastery features two 50-room dormitories to accommodate growth and a unique wooden church with stained glass windows depicting God the Father, Jesus, Mary and two hearts representing Jesus and Mary.

    Pictured are, from left, Sister Teresa Condit, Sister Maria Miravalle, Father Francis Dankoski and Brother James DiLibero. Not pictured is Brother Pio Gammon. For more information, go to its Web site at

    More pictures and details of the new community are featured on the church page in the April 23, 2013  print edition of the Harrison News-Herald.

    NH Photos/AMY GAREIS


    1. Loved this article and had no idea this existed. I’m passing this on to a friend who may have some interest. Will check out the website for it as well. Thanks for this!

    2. Love the Sisters and Fr. Francis. These lovely young people have been angels to us at Charity Hospice in Wintersville. They went through one of our very first volunteer training programs and have ministered to so many of our patients and families. Often times, they would visit our patients in the nursing facilities and their lovely voices in song are as melodious as the choir of angels. They are a blessing to our community. We, at Charity Hospice, have been blessed to have them a part of our lives.
      Cathy Cich
      Charity Hospice Founder and CIO


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