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The Doorbell Rang

Long Island Catholic, December 14, 1972 The doorbell rang… The boys at Holy Family School, Hicksville, New York, knew to ring the convent bell only once and wait. It was almost a city block from the kitchen to the front door and one of the Sisters would open the door so the boys could get …

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And the Table Will Be Wide

From the Leadership Team: Sisters Irene, Marie Peter, Aileen, Grace and Nancy May our tables and hearts be wide as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year. May we truly become the blessing for those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace. We share with you Jan Richardson’s, ‘And the Table Will Be Wide’ along with …

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Healing Waters

Sugar kelp being grown in Shinnecock Bay on eastern Long Island, New York. Waban Tarrant and Danielle Hopson Began in front of mural created by Denis Silva-Dennies (l to r) Sister Pat Hogan, Sister Susan Dunn, Sr. Kerri Handal, Waban Tarrant, Danielle Hopson Began. Danielle Hopson Began demonstrates the tool that will be used to …

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Albert the Great, OP

Feast of St. Albert the Great

Albert the Great, AKA Albertus Magnus, stamp issued in 1980. The following is a collaboration between Sister Amelia DeMarco and Sister Jeanne Shary. Sister Amelia conducted extensive research and reported on St. Albert’s life and legacy. Sister Jeanne was inspired to preach at today’s liturgy based on Sister Amelia’s writing and today’s Gospel reading from …

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Memorial Mass Preaching

Students from St. Gregory Barbarigo help decorate Sister’s cemetary. Sister Eileen Gannon shared this reflection at our annual Memorial Mass at Dominican Convent. We, Dominican Sisters and Associates have times when we come together as I know all here gathered have the same.  But this is my favorite and I realize that my sound strange, …

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Season of Creation, 9-1-23

Season of Creation

Prophet Amos cries out: “But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!” (Amos 5: 24) and so we are called to join the river of justice and peace, to take up climate and ecological justice, and to speak out with and for communities most impacted by climate injustice and the loss …

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A Friar Took to Walking

He knew all about horses and fancy trappings bells that jingled to announce their coming grooms who kept their mounts in healthy splendor and servants who ministered to riders on the journey. Off to the land of France he went right hand of the good Diego Bishop setting forth from Spain to undo damage caused …

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Feast of the Transfiguration

Sister Margaret Carey delivered this reflection for the Sisters, Associates, and gathered faith community at Dominican Convent for the Feast of the Transfiguration. The Entrance Antiphon for today is: “In a resplendent cloud, the Holy Spirit appeared. The Father’s voice was heard: ‘This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased. Listen to …

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Feast of St James the Apostle

We celebrate James in mid-summer, so I do feel like a haze has to lift for me to get started. Maybe, it was a hazy, early summer morning when Jesus called his first disciples and found James and his brother John with their father, Zebedee, fixing their fishing nets. (Mark 1:18) Many had probably heard something about him, but they were not expecting, after a long evening of fishing, to be called right then. But yes, he calls them to just leave their nets and follow him. And they did!

I Have Seen the Lord

Saint Mary Magdalene, first to share the good news of Christ’s resurrection with the apostles, is held as the Patroness of the Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers. Sister Catherine Patrice brings us this same good news today as she reflects on Saint Mary Magdalene.  Sister Catherine Patrice ministers in retreat work and spiritual direction. …

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Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, 2023

Saint Kateri in front of Santa Fe Cathedral Sisters Helen Regina, Durso, Christine (Chris) Ferrar and Nora McCarthy served the Indigenous Peoples of the Nakoda and Aaniiih Nations at the St. Paul’s Mission Grade School in Hays, MT for 40 years. We invite you to listen to them reflect on St. Kateri Tekakwitha. https://sparkill.org/wp-content/uploads/Saint-Kateri.mp3

Feast of the Sacred Heart, 2023

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Some liturgical feast days are very familiar to us, and most certainly our feast today is one of them. How significant do you think it is for today’s Catholic people? Our first response might be that it has little or no significance to them. But we need to explore more deeply.

Feast of the Visitation

The Visitation by Jacopo Pontormo Sister Mary Dunning shared this reflection at liturgy for today’s feast based on Luke 1:39-56. Today’s gospel is filled with impossibilities.  Two obscure women meet in a remote village of a conquered, humiliated land.  Mary and Elizabeth are Palestinian Jews, citizens of a land crushed under decades of the imperial …

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Laudato Si’ Week

The first chapter of Genesis ends with these words: “God looked at everything God had made and found it to be very good. Evening came and morning followed the sixth day.” Billions of years thereafter the first astronauts experienced the same vision when they looked upon this beautiful swirling blue marble from their small cockpit …

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Foundation Day Preaching, Sister Irene Ellis

Foundation Day & Diamond Jubilee Celebration

The following reflection was delivered by Sister Irene Ellis to the Sisters and Associates at the Foundation Day/Diamond Jubilee Mass on May 7, 2023. Sister Irene Ellis, current Prioress, relates how the spirit of our Founder, Mother Mary Catherine Antoninus Thorpe, is alive and well today. As our early co-founders were congregational cornerstones, we are called to be living stones.

Feast of Mary, Patroness of the Dominican Order

Sister Margaret Palliser shared this reflection with the Sisters and Associates at Dominican Convent on May 8, the Feast of Mary’s Patronage of the Dominican Order. On this Feast of the Patronage of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Dominican Order. Today we crown Mary our Mother as our Queen. Ours is a simple ritual, a far cry from the pomp and circumstance of the crowning of Charles III two days ago!

Catherine of Siena quote

Feast of St. Catherine of Siena

“Although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned, you have revealed them to the childlike.” These opening words from today’s Gospel caught my attention…. the childlike. That’s childlike, not childish—two very different ways of being for sure. Catherine, I believe, was childlike.  She was a woman whose childlike qualities served her …

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Earth Day 2023 Banner

Happy Earth Day!

I commute to work via the Palisades Parkway (aka the Indianapolis 500 of NY State). The ride never fails to get my heart racing, test my automotive skills, and have me thank God that I have made it through another commute and lived to see another day. Curiously, at one point about a month ago, …

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Empty Tomb

Sent Forth in Love

“Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you looking for?” She thought it was the gardener and said to him, “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and I will take him. 11 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to him in Hebrew, …

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Good Friday at the Cross

The Testament

Sister Lillian McNamara shares a Good Friday prayer and image from Saugerties. We thank her for this beautiful meditation from the foot of the cross.

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