A Holy Hour and open house will be held next month for the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, a new community of women religious in the archdiocese.
Archdiocesan administrator Bishop Robert J. Hermann will preside at the Holy Hour at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at St. George Parish, 4980 Hegee Road in Affton. An open house at the convent, located on the parish grounds, will follow.
The Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope is a contemplative and active community with a teaching and evangelistic focus. The community exists to reach out to individuals and families of every age, race and creed, according to foundress Rosalind Moss.
Moss is a familiar personality on EWTN and "Catholic Answers Live" and convert to Catholicism. She came here this summer at the invitation of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.
The community, she said, awaits formal inauguration, which would come once a new archbishop is appointed.
The name Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope is reflective of Moss’ religious heritage. Raised Jewish, Moss as an adult embraced "Jesus as the Messiah of the Jewish people" and joined an evangelical Protestant church. A series of events led her to convert to Catholicism in the mid-1990s.
There currently are three women who are part of the community, said Moss. She also has received about 300 inquiries from interested women and will start with a membership of about a dozen.
For more information on the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, call the community’s convent at (314) 352-LOVE (5683) or e-mail Rosalind Moss at rosalind firstname.lastname@example.org.