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Sisters serve lunch at refugee Center

Our Sisters Return from Ukraine

Sisters Valorie Lordi and Bernadette Nonnon shared their reflections upon their return from a 10-day mission experience in Slovakia and Ukraine. They went to be with our Dominican Sisters of Blessed Imelda, Slovakia, and the Ukrainian refugees whom they serve. Sister Valorie: I felt called to make this journey, to put my feet on the …

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Albertus Magnus Preaching Team

In Their Own Words

800 years after the founding of the Dominican Order, its charism is alive and well at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, NY. Let’s listen to the members of the Albertus Magnus Preaching Team, moderated by Sr. Nancy Richter, reflect on their experiences. These high school students are proclaiming the Good News in their own …

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Sacred Heart of Jesus, I Place All My Trust in Thee

Sister Jeanne Shary’s conversation with Sister Mary Rose Mullervy Sister Mary Rose: From early years, as children in our home, we always had a plaque with the Sacred Heart prayer in the foyer. In the bedroom, there was also lovely picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I grew up with and I still frequently …

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Pentecost - Tongues of Fire Image

Wow! The Holy Spirit is Awesome!

During my childhood years, I was introduced to the Holy Spirit through a picture of a group of people gathered together, with small flames hovering over each one’s head. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow! The Holy Spirit is awesome!” I didn’t know then the reality and magnitude of that impression. As we celebrate the …

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Respond to the Cries of Ukraine

Siena Hall Peacemakers

Siena Hall is home to more than 40 Sparkill Dominican Sisters who receive nursing care. Join Sparkill Dominican Sister’s Chris Ferrar and Nora McCarthy as they share the story of the Sisters’ Peace Prayer for Ukraine.

Mother Thorpe with mother and child statue

The 146th Anniversary of Our Founding

From the earliest years, the future of the Sparkill Dominican community has been in God’s hands. Alice Mary Thorpe founded the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary on May 6, 1876. The pioneer sisters, inspired by Mother Thorpe’s example, followed her into a life of prayer, poverty, and sacrifice, serving sick and destitute …

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Spring’s Call

One of the things I love most about the season of spring is its imperceptibility-its daily surprises. One day there appears to be nothing sprouting and then, within a span of a few hours or days, tiny new growths appear. It’s as if the struggles of winter give way to the fruits of patient endurance. …

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Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Please join me in giving thanks for Senator Gaylord Nelson and others, especially those in the anti-war movement, whose efforts to connect the health of the planet with the health of the human family resulted in the annual celebration of Earth Day in 1970. Let us celebrate Earth Day 2022 with a …

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The Path to Calvary

The Path to Calvary

This day of hosannas and palms begins a very sacred week in our liturgical year, one that is filled with both terrifying and glorious moments. It is actually the triumph of the Incarnation which we celebrated on Christmas and puts a “period” at the end of the sentence… and God became human. These seven days …

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MEKennedy with Aquinas girls

An Amazing Woman of Distinction

March is Women’s History Month, and the chronicles of the Sparkill Dominicans are filled with stories of amazing women. This is a story about one of them… On the day I entered the Dominican Convent in 1961, I met Sister Marie Enda Kennedy, one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever known. I expected she …

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