Updated: Mar 11, 2019
MYSTIC, CT — (June 17, 2018) Last Sunday, Enders Island, an 11-acre island and nonprofit organization, hosted a brunch to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Enders House. The beautiful “Arts and Crafts” mansion, which began construction in 1918, was owned by Dr. Thomas B. Enders and his wife Alys Enders. Descendants of the Enders family gathered with the Enders community to commemorate the centennial anniversary.
Present at the event were Thomas O. Enders III and Domitilla Enders, the great-grandnephew and great-grandniece of Dr. Enders, who spoke on behalf of their family.
“I feel very moved when I come here,” Domitilla told the crowd of over 400 attendees. “It is a great privilege to me to see that Thomas and Alys’ love has perpetuated into a greater love of community and spirit.”
Alys, who intended for the island to be owned and used by “a religious institution for its purposes,” gifted Enders Island to the Society of St. Edmund in 1954. To ensure the long-term viability of the ministry of Enders Island and to preserve the intention of Mrs. Enders, the Society of St. Edmund transferred its stewardship of Enders Island to St. Edmund’s Retreat, an independent religious nonprofit organization, in 2003.
The Enders siblings gifted Father Thomas F.X. Hoar, SSE, President of Enders Island, with a portrait of their great-granduncle, painted by Sidney Dickinson in 1921. “Father Tom and the entire team here at Enders Island have created such an incredible center that people can come for spiritual renewal,” Thomas Enders said of the current operations of Enders Island. “It is very much in the spirit in which Uncle Tom and Aunt Alys first came here and first made their home.”
Father Tom Hoar also expressed his gratitude to the Enders family for their generous bequest. “The legacy of Thomas and Alys Enders is more than a beautiful house. I am sure that they never imagined how many lives would be they would touch by God’s grace through the ministries of Enders Island.”