Rosary Rich in Dominican Heritage

Becky Bellows Crawford ’86 accepted the responsibility of designing and handcrafting 180 single-decade rosaries for the Class of 2015. Starting in the fall of 2014, she researched and found pearls, a black stone from Ireland, an eight point star, and a Miraculous medal to create a rosary rich in Dominican heritage. On March 30, 2015, she delivered the completed rosaries to Dr. Cynthia Thomas, President, Celeste Anding ’82, Alumnae Director, and Jamie Lassere ’86, VP of Advancement.



At the end of Academic Honors Day, Jamie Lassere read the following as the Seniors were inducted into the Alumnae Association and were given these special rosaries:


Good Morning Graduates,

The day has come when you will no longer walk the halls of St. Mary’s Dominican High School as a student. The day has come when you will forever walk through life as a Dominican Alum.

You now join a unique community of women. Women…

– Who understand the importance of prayer in daily life;

– Who value learning and the pursuit of excellence;

– Who share the school spirit that is always reinforced by Rally Day;

– Who serve their communities and work for justice.

In recognition of this special time in your life, the Alumnae Association presents to you a special rosary that represents the Dominican tradition. We hope that it will remind you of the Spirit of Dominican. As you go out into this world, may these rosaries assure you that God will provide all that you will need as you seek Truth – VERITAS.

The black and white colors represents the school’s traditional colors. The white freshwater pearls represent the wisdom and faith gained during your years at Dominican. The pearls are unique, symbolizing your unique journey to wisdom, faith, and TRUTH.

The large black bead is from a rare marble found only in Ireland. Symbolic of the Dominican sisters who came from St. Mary’s Convent in Cabra, Ireland on November 5, 1860, to establish St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans. This bead has two silver eight pointed star endcaps. St. Dominic’s crest features an eight pointed star symbolizing the light of the church.

Imported from Italy are the rosary’s centerpiece and crucifix. The centerpiece is a silver and blue enamel miraculous medal which mirrors the interior of your Senior class ring. The Miraculous medal is a testimony to faith and the power of prayer. The crucifix with a fleur de lis design represents the cost of discipleship our Dominican Sisters welcomed in preaching the Good News of Jesus to the New Orleans community.

Becky Bellows Crawford from the class of 1986 designed and handmade each rosary. Several alumnae are here to pass out the rosaries as a symbol of sharing our legacy from one generation to the next.