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Current and past staff members of New Hope Manor at the Friars of Atonement annual Sharing Hope Celebration

New Hope Manor Receives Honor at Gala

What a great night I had Friday, October 1, 2021, with former colleagues from New Hope Manor, Barryville, NY. The organization was honored for 50 years of community service in helping women recover their lives from addiction. The evening was hosted by the Friars of the Atonement, Garrison, NY; the event was their annual Sharing …

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A holiday to reflect on…

I imagine that many school-aged children look upon Labor Day with mixed emotions-saying goodbye to summer vacation and hello to a new school year. I wouldn’t be surprised if some start counting the days until their first school holiday and, for most, that would be Columbus Day. Throughout its history, this holiday has generated controversy, …

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Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

October, a brilliant season when the cool crisp days encourage the trees to turn yellow, red, and gold, brightens our spirits. Have you realized that our two loveliest months, May and October, are dedicated to Mary? Fittingly, during this beautiful month we celebrate Our Lady of the Rosary with a special day on October 7. …

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Blue, True Blue

Show me the way to go down deep and drink…

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There but for the grace of God…

Social Justice Ministry has been active in my home Archdiocese of St. Louis for my entire life. As I look back over my lifetime, I am saddened by the events that made a ministry for social justice a necessity, while being grateful for the active involvement of the sisters and priests of the St. Louis …

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

One of the great gifts of living in the United States is the opportunity to learn about and celebrate our diverse cultures. From September 15 to October 15, we have the opportunity to enrich our lives by exploring National Hispanic Heritage Month which has been celebrated every year since 1988. Those of us who are …

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Not every pitch is perfect!

Last July, Sr. Cecilia, the director of One To One Learning, a ministry of our congregation serving immigrants, came to ask me if I would throw out the first pitch in honor of the ministry’s 25th anniversary which would be held at the stadium of our local team, the Rockland Boulders. I thought to myself …

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The Miracle of Shoelaces

And then the soldiers stripped Jesus of his clothing. They made a crown of thorns and placed it on his head and a reed in his right hand, shouting insults and making fun of him. They began spitting on him, taking the reed and beating him with it. – Matthew 27:28-30 During our Border mission …

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Matthew 25 in Laredo, Texas

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” – Matthew 25: 35- 36 These words best describe my five-day experience serving the migrant …

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Can you imagine…

Traveling anywhere with one or two little ones is quite a feat, especially with each ones’ supplies for the journey. Can you imagine having four or five children and traveling through extremely dangerous foreign land, unable to communicate and having no help? At first you might have a little luggage, money, and energy, but by …

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