A reader found this post and left the following update:
The Blue Chapel closed for good late March 2009. I live in Union City, Hudson, New Jersey and have followed the postings about this dominican monastery for some years.
Thank you for the postings and updates regarding cloistered sisters in New Jersey.
I believe Sister Gemma was the lone survivor and last to go. She accepted. Another of the remaining nuns died earlier in the year. Due to the seclusion of the nuns it's was not always easy to get information.
It would be appreciated if a final update with reliable facts can be posted.
Please pray for the neighboring community of residents who lived close to the monastery. They are not now without this sanctuary. After many years the end came and a familiar landmark and the presence of the nuns taken for granted.
People wonder what will happen to the building, unusual and well-maintained. Will it fall victim to vandals or fire or the wrecking ball?
We covet your prayers and pray God's will be done.
Thank you for sharing this with us.
If anyone would like to share a final update, please feel free to leave a comment or email me.