Dominican Sisters of Sparkill
The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Leadership Team is elected at our General Chapter through a prayerful process that involves the entire membership of the congregation. These Sisters accept the responsibility of leadership in implementing the directives of the General Chapter during a term of four years. They bring a wealth of experience, insight, and valued gifts to this ministry. The current Leadership Team was elected in 2022 and will serve until June 2026.
Sister Irene, newly elected Prioress, has served in congregational leadership since 2010, as Team Member, Treasurer, and Director of the Finance Office. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in 1967 and ministered in the field of education as a junior high and high school math teacher for 16 years. She then joined the staff of Dominican Sisters Family Health Center, a community-based agency serving the needs of vulnerable families in the South Bronx area of NYC, serving as educational liaison and as Director of the Infant-Toddler Parent Program for 24 years before being elected to congregational leadership.
Sister Grace Anne was elected to the ministry of congregational leadership in 2016 and is now serving in her second term. Entering in the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in 1969, her ministry has been devoted to education, teaching in elementary then secondary schools before moving into high school administration at Aquinas High School. She ministered for 19 years in the Bay Area of California, first at the University of Creation Spirituality and then at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University as Associate Director of Enrollment Management. Returning to New York, she worked as the assistant to the Provincial of the Good Shepherd Sisters prior to elected leadership.
Sister Aileen newly elected to the Leadership Team, was the Executive Director of Marian Woods, an inter-congregational residence for senior members of women’s religious communities since 2014. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in 1966. Sister Aileen spent her early years of ministry in elementary education. From 1980 -1982, Sister Aileen coordinated Catechist Formation for the New York Archdiocese. Shifting into Pastoral Counseling, she served eleven years as Co-Director of a Sabbatical Program and Counseling Center in Glasco, NY. She then moved to California where she served on the staff at the University of Creation Spirituality and at Naropa University. While in the Bay Area, sister also provided Case Management at a residence for homeless, expectant mothers. She is trained in healing modalities and has offered massage to terminal AIDSs patients.
Sister Marie Peter, newly elected to the Leadership Team, has served the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill as a Family Nurse Practitioner. As a nurse, she has served at the Motherhouse in Siena Hall, Dominican Holistic Health Care, and most recently, on the Health & Wellness Team. From 1988 to 2021. Sr. Marie P. Buckley was a Full Professor in the Nursing Department at Rockland Community College where she earned the distinguished title Nursing Professor Emerita. At St Thomas Aquinas College, Sr. Marie Peter served as the first College Nurse in the Health /Athletic Department. At Rockland Community College she served as, Chair of the Nursing Department, Chair of Mathematics & Science Department, and was a member of the Faculty Senate. Sister Marie Peter entered the Sparkill Sisters in 1964.
Sister Nancy, newly elected to the Leadership Team, entered the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill in 1967 and after her profession served in the Archdiocese of NY in elementary education for 25 years. From 1996 to 2004 she served on the congregational Leadership Team as the Director of Dominican Life. She then served for 3 years at the Catholic Church Extension Society in public relations and donor development, followed by ministering for five Northeast Dominican Sister’s congregations in public relations/vocation outreach. In 2011, she became the Campus Minister at Albertus Magnus High School, where she developed spiritual and outreach programs for the students.