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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.

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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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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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Ash Wednesday

A Lenten Barometer

For centuries, the Church has observed Lent as a season for examining our personal spiritual growth. We can recall the practice as children of giving up something that we especially liked for those forty days. But as we grow older, we try to reflect Saint Paul’s insight: “When I was a child I thought as …

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All Come Bearing Gifts

In late October 2021, Catholic Charities of San Antonio (CCOSA) sent out a request for Religious Sisters to volunteer for at least two weeks to assist with the influx of Afghan refugees arriving in San Antonio, Texas. The refugees were members of Afghan security forces who had been working with the American Military. The men …

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