9/11 Survivor Thanks the Sisters for Their Support
By Stephanie Carpentieri
I have the privilege of being an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill for 32 years. Sister Jeanne Miceli invited me to join,and I am so grateful that I did. But my friendship with the Sisters had started many years earlier.
I grew up in the Bronx by St. Martin of Tours and Aquinas High School. As a child, I went to the playground to watch the activity at Aquinas and wished that someday I could go. My wish came true and after four wonderful years, I was graduated, and went my way.
I was working at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2011. I thought my life was over. But when I did make it out, the number of phone calls, mass cards, and visits I received from the Sisters was overwhelming. I could never ever repay them for their compassion. Recovering from the 9/11 trauma was difficult,but I am positive their prayers helped me through those long months.
Years later, after retiring, I worked part time with Sister Mary Murray (then president of the Sparkill Congregation).In my role, I saw that I was not alone, and the Sisters helped many people every day.
Being an Associate is paramount in my life; I belong to something incredibly special, participating in prayer, developing spiritually, and growing in the Dominican charism. The Sisters’ companionship along my life journey has been invaluable. Participating in the Veritas Society is my way of saying,“Thank You, Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.”