This past February, Sister Mary Veronica of the Cross, O.P. made her Solemn Profession at the Dominican monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary, in Summit, New Jersey, but Sr. Veronica's journey did not begin in a cloistered monastery but with-in the walls of St. Magdalen's Church. Her family has been part of the parish community for three generations. Her parents, Ray and Bertha Gessner brought their daughter to be baptized at St. Magdalen's at its former location on Park Avenue, as an infant. Veronica participated in the 'Moms and Tots' playgroup sponsored at the Church and attended the St. Magdalen's Pre-school. Veronica's faith was enriched by the life of the parish through summer bible camps, youth group, and by participating in two parish sponsored trips to World Youth Day in both Toronto, Canada and Cologne, Germany.
Veronica attended the St. Ann's school in Raritan, Villa Walsh in Morristown for high school, and graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. She worked for Bloomberg Financial Services post-graduation but felt a call to go deeper with the Lord. She entered religious life shortly after on the Feast of St. John the Baptist, June 24th, 2010 while retaining her baptismal name of Veronica.BACK TO LIST