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Located at Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill NY, Dominican Center offers programs which foster a contemplative attitude toward all of life and encourage a common search for the Mystery Who is God. We join with all people who seek to heal the violence which deprives both humans and the natural environment of the dignity and freedom intended by our Creator.

Walking the Labyrinth
Make a spiritual journey by walking the Labyrinth,
a single path leading to a center and out again.
The Labyrinth is based on the circle, the universal symbol for wholeness and unity. We welcome those who wish to walk this mysterious winding path
as a way of deepening their relationship with God and of gaining clarity for their lives. Because of the possibility of some pre-scheduled function,
let us know your plans for an individual or group walk ahead of time.

For further information on the following programs:
845 359-4068 or e-mail Sister Mary Reynolds

T’ai Chi Chih®, Joy Through Movement

Eight Tuesdays – October 18 – December 6, 2011
10 – 11:10 am
At Dominican Convent, 175 Route 340, Sparkill
Instructor:  Sr. Mary Reynolds OP

Learn this form of 19 movements and one pose which circulates and balances the internal energy, called Chi.  Regular practice can reduce stress and improve balance, physical fitness, flexibility and stamina.
More information:

Phone preregistration one week prior to first class.
845 359-4068 or

Review classes for those who have completed the course: 
$7 session

T’ai Chi Chih is a federally registered trademark.

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Good Grief

Margaret Ellen Burke SC
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Free will offering

Experiencing loss in our lives—the loss of a significant relationship,
the diminishment of health, a job change,
or the death of a loved one—sets us into a whirlwind of
thoughts and feelings.  We are invited to a deeper trust in God
and the challenge to explore “Good Grief.”

Sr. Margaret Ellen is a Sister of Charity of New York.
Presently, she is the director of CORE, the Center of
Renewal and Education, a mobile center for lay leadership training
and spiritual development in the more rural areas in New York State.

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Come to the Water:  Sacred Healing Prayer Circle

Valorie Lordi OP and Assistants
Saturday, November 5, 2011 and
March 3, 2012
  1:30 – 3:00 PM

For all who are seeking a time of deep quiet, reflection and healing in body/mind/heart/Spirit, through prayer
and the reception of the laying on of hands as Jesus taught.

Valorie Lordi, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Sparkill, New York, who ministers as a school nurse teacher at Msgr. Scanlan High School, Bronx, New York, and as a presenter and teacher in the healing arts.  In addition to earning an RN, Valorie has a Masters in Theology.

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Advent Reflection

Catherine of Siena:  Five Advents
  Don Brophy
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
6:30 – 8:00 pm
Free Will Offering

The years between 1375 – 1380 saw Catherine of Siena emerge from local fame to a woman celebrated throughout Europe.  Watch her struggle through these five advents – as her flame grew brighter and her strength diminished.
Don Brophy is the author of Catherine of Siena, a Passionate Life.
He was for many years acquiring editor and managing editor for the publisher Paulist Press.  His other works include One Hundred Great Catholic Books and The Story of Catholics in America.

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Contemplative Seeing

Preached Retreat
Honora Werner OP
Monday, January 23, 2012, 10 AM –
Thursday, January 26, 2 PM
$80 ($25 due January 16)

“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see!”  As we gather to pray, we will try to develop our habit of contemplative seeing.  Wherever we look, there are signs of God Present.  We just need to see more clearly!  Using Nature and some master painters’ gifts of seeing, we will view their work and grow in our own power to see.  We may even use photos from our own “treasures!”
(Please do not let failing eyesight keep you away!)
Silence and sharing will be parts of this retreat.

Honora Werner is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, NJ, who has extensive ministry experience in preaching in retreat settings and parish missions.  She has recently completed leadership service to her congregation.  Honora has earned graduate degrees in music, scripture and theology and the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

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Mary, Queen of Peace

Anne Connelly OP
In Two Parts:  February 7 and February 14, 2012
2:00 – 3:00 PM
Free will offering

Why do we pray to Mary as Queen of Peace? 
Is Peace the absence of _______________,
or the fulfillment of ___________________?
An opportunity to reflect on Mary’s Magnificat and
 Jesus’ Beatitudes to uncover some challenging responses.

Anne Connelly OP is a Dominican Sister of Sparkill whose background is in religious studies and theology.

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Lenten Reflection

Aedan McKeon OP
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
1:30 – 3:00
Free Will Offering

A time to be present to Scripture and
 its meaning for us at this point in the Lenten journey.

Prayer, Presentation and optional sharing will form our time together.

Fr. Aedan McKeon is a Dominican Preacher
 and Spiritual Director whose background also includes
 offering retreats, parish missions,

and days of reflection.

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Balancing the Mary and Martha Within Us

Marni Gillard
April 25, 2012
1:30 – 3:30
Free Will Offering

The Martha and Mary stereotypes are within all of us.
Is there a strong pull to be more Martha than Mary
as we move into retirement?  Or just the opposite?

Marni Gillard is a Storyteller and Storyteacher
 who works with students and teachers
on the use of storytelling in the educational process.

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Reconciliation:  The Challenge and Blessing of Extending Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

Sr. Camille D’Arienzo RSM
Thursday, May 10, 2012
6:30 PM
Free will offering

Camille D’Arienzo is a Sister of Mercy who has ministered in Catholic elementary schools and public colleges, in the latter capacity both at the University of Michigan, from which she earned a doctorate in communications, and Brooklyn College, from which she retired as Professor Emerita when elected president of her community’s Leadership Team in 1993.  Sister Camille served as President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) from 1997-1999. For 36 years she has been a religion commentator for 1010 WINS Radio and a staff writer for the Brooklyn diocesan newspaper The Tablet.  Her public positions on matters of social justice have won her numerous awards.  Founder of the Cherish Life Circle, she is widely known for her efforts to end capital punishment and serves on the steering committee of the NYS Religious Leaders Against the Death Penalty.

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Memory and Reform: 
Re-visiting Vatican II after Fifty Years

Maureen Sullivan OP
Thursday, May 31, 2012
6:30 – 8:00 PM
Free Will Offering

In January 1959, just three months after his election to the papacy,
Pope John XXIII announced that he planned to convene an ecumenical council.  This announcement was met with great surprise by many in the Church.  After the teaching on infallibility had been articulated at Vatican I, one hundred years earlier, many believed there would never be a need for another council.  Still, John XXIII believed that a Council could bring about “a new Pentecost” in the Church…and in October 1962 over 2500 bishops from all over the world met in Rome to begin the Second Vatican Council.  Next October will mark the fiftieth anniversary of this incredible moment in the church.  This presentation will look back at Vatican II and seek to address some questions:

Why was it called?
What did it achieve?
Where are we now…fifty years later?
What is the legacy of Vatican II for the 21st century church.

Sr. Maureen Sullivan, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Hope.
She received an MA in Theology from Manhattan College
and a Ph.D from Fordham University.

 She is on the theology faculty at St. Anselm College, Manchester NH.
She is the author of two books published by Paulist Press:

Second Vatican Council, 101 Questions and Answers on Vatican II (2002)
 and The Road to Vatican II:  Key Changes in Theology (2007).

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irishIrish Literature

Margaret Gardineer
Tuesday, June 5, 6:30 pm
Thursday, June 7, 6:30 pm
Free will offering

June 5:  Brian Boru and selected poetry of W.B. Yeats

June 7:  A comparison of Guests of the Nation by
Frank O’Connor with Araby by James Joyce

Margaret Vallone Gardineer earned her Ph.D. from New York University and has taught for 25 years in the English Department of Felician College, where she received the Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service.  Dr. Gardineer graduated from Dominican College, Blauvelt, and Albertus Magnus High School, Bardonia, where she currentlyserves on the Board of Trustees.

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lands of DominicArmchair Lands of Dominic Pilgrimage

Ann Willits OP and Jim Barnett OP

Sunday, September 16 (7:00 pm) – Friday, September 21, 2012 (noon)
$125 (residents)
$250 (guests/room and board)
$225 (commuters/two meals daily)
($25 deposit due by June 15, check payable to Dominican Center and mailed to Mary Reynolds OP, 175 Route 340, Sparkill NY  10976)

Are you unable to travel in person to the lands associated with St. Dominic? This pilgrimage is an opportunity to do so from the comforts of home.  Through lectures and visual presentations, you will travel to Spain, France, and Italy, as well as places where our sister Catherine and our brother Montesinos walked.

Ann Willits OP and Jim Barnett OP and highly respected Dominican Preachers.

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Other Information:
Sister Mary Reynolds  OR  845 359-4068

Proceeds from these programs support the mission of the
Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.

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