Founder to be reinterred as a US monastery closes

AP News
Posted: Dec 06, 2013 1:28 PM

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey diocese will be moving the remains of a French-born Dominican friar who was a founder of religious communities dedicated to reciting the rosary.

The Rev. Damien Marie Saintourens (dah-mee-EHN' ma-REE' sahn-too-REHN') is buried on the grounds of a Camden monastery that is closing because of a dwindling population of nuns. He'd been living there when he died in 1920.

Church officials tell the Courier-Post newspaper ( ) that he'll be reburied at a cemetery in nearby Cherry Hill, along with the remains of nuns who belonged to his religious community.

The Dominican Sisters of the Perpetual Rosary have said the rosary in Camden for more than a century. The remaining three nuns will relocate to Elmira, N.Y.

The Dominican Sisters' founder established the first U.S. monastery in what is now Union City, N.J.