Nuns on the March
"I'd just got my hands on two or three hundred thousand dollars," Monaghan remembers, sitting in his Domino's Farms office lined with shelves of small statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary. "I told them I'd give them the school and build a few more for them--build them a motherhouse, give them twenty acres, which was what they really wanted."
The following February, in a chapel in New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral, Mother Assumpta and sisters Joseph Andrew, Mary Samuel, and John Dominic became a separate, quasi-independent group within the Dominican order: the Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist. "God put the idea in my heart someplace along the way," Mother Assumpta explains. "And the only way to see if it's blessed is to do it. If it doesn't work, it wasn't blessed. But we were blessed."
That August, the four nuns moved to Ann Arbor. "They lived in a house that my daughter [once] lived in, just a little ranch house," Monaghan recalls. "In no time at all, they had as many as sixteen women living in that little house."
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