Limited Edition Rosary Donated to Molloy College
|"Molloy values our Catholic and Dominican heritage, and we are honored to have this commemorative rosary placed in our chapel. We are very grateful that Professor Marques felt compelled to bestow this gift on the college," said Catherine Muscente, Vice President, Mission and Ministry.|
On October 23, 2019, in honor of the 1917 Miracle of the Sun, Gabriel Marques, an elected member of the Portuguese Government's International Diaspora Advisory Council, donated a Commemorative Rosary of the Centennial of the Apparitions of Fatima to the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Molloy College. The gift was presented to Catherine Muscente, Vice President of Mission and Ministry who was joined by members of the Molloy community, including students, faculty and administrators.
"Molloy values our Catholic and Dominican heritage, and we are honored to have this commemorative rosary placed in our chapel. We are very grateful that Professor Marques felt compelled to bestow this gift on the college," said Catherine Muscente, Vice President, Mission and Ministry.
"I prayed with this rosary in Fatima and asked for a blessing of the students, administrators and campus" said Marques, who also serves as an adjunct professor of economics at the school. "It is my hope that this small gift will help serve as an everlasting link between Molloy and Portugal."
The limited edition rosaries were issued in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the apparition of our Lady of Fatima (crowned the eternal queen of Portugal), and feature distinctive blue and white glass beads representing the sky. Students at Molloy are already familiar with Fatima, traveling to Portugal as part of study abroad opportunities during the past few years.
Pictured left to right are: Michael Malinowsk, Kathleen Carey, Michelle Martin, Kisha Chandler, Catherine Muscente, Gabriel Marques, Maureen Mackenzie-Ruppel, Sheila Corrigan, Jackie Williams and Marilyn Marra.