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  Chapel of Corpus Christi Monastery - The Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Yvon Meyer)
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Corpus Christi Monastery
(Roman Catholic)

1230 Lafayette Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10474
http://www.bronxop.org/


Corpus Christi Monastery is the oldest Dominican monastery in the United States, a branch of the first monastery of nuns founded by St. Dominic de Guzman in Prouilhe, France, in 1206. St. Dominic saw his first daughters as partners in the "Holy Preaching" of the friars, offering them support by their prayers and sacrifices. Mother Mary of Jesus (Julia Crooks of New York City), having made her formation in Oullins, France, founded the Monastery of St. Dominic in Newark, N.J., in 1880. Nine years later, she and five other Sisters came to the Bronx, at the invitation of Archbishop Corrigan, who requested the presence of a contemplative community of nuns with a special purpose of praying for the seminarians and priests of the Archdiocese of New York.

The land was purchased, construction began in 1889, and the monastery was completed in 1891. On April 27, 1893, the chapel was dedicated by Archbishop Corrigan. The  monastery chronicles record that it was a long and exquisite ceremony, made even more so by the fact that Archbishop Corrigan chose to consecrate both the outside Chapel and Nuns' Choir, something which is not usually done. The repeated trips in and out of the enclosure by the Archbishop and his entourage certainly added length and pomp to the solemn event.
           
  Chapel of Corpus Christi Monastery - The Bronx, N.Y. (photo: Yvon Meyer)
M.P. Möller, Inc.
Hagerstown, Md. – Opus 9966 (1964)
Electro-pneumatic action
2 manuals, 21 stops, 3 ranks



The organ in the chapel is a small three-rank unit "Artiste" model built by M.P. Möller in 1964. All of the pipes are in one swell enclosure.
               
Great Organ (Manual I) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Geigen
4
  Viola Celeste
8
  Gedeckt
2 2/3
  Twelfth
8
  Viola Celeste [TC]
2
  Fifteenth
4
  Geigen Octave
    Swell to Great  
4
  Flute
       

 

     

 

     
Swell Organ (Manual II) – 61 notes, enclosed
8
  Geigen
4
  Viola Celeste
8
  Gedeckt
2 2/3
  Flute Twelfth
8
  Celeste
2
  Flautino [repeats top 5 notes]
4
  Flute
    Tremulant  

 

     

 

     
Pedal Organ – 32 notes
16
  Bourdon
5 1/3
  Quint
8
  Geigen
4
  Geigen Octave
8
  Gedeckt
4
  Flute
               
Pedal Movements
    Balanced Swell Pedal  
    Balanced Crescendo Pedal  
               
Pipe Analysis
     
Pipes
16
  Bourdon/Gedeckt
92
8
  Geigen
85
4
  Viola Celeste
    49
   
Total
226
 
Sources:
     Corpus Christi Domican Monastery Blog: http://corpuschristimonastery.blogspot.com/
     Corpus Christi Monastery web site: http://www.bronxop.org/
     Kloda, Barry S. Specifications of M. P. Möller organ, Op. 9966 (1964).
     Nelson, George. Organs in the United States and Canada Database. Seattle, Wash.
     Shelley, Thomas J. The Bicentennial History of the Archdiocese of New York 1808-2008. Strasbourg: Éditions du Signe, 2007.

Photos:
     Corpus Christi Domican Monastery Blog. Chapel interior.
     Meyer, Yvon. Chapel exterior.
 
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