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There is hope … and it is you

Dominican Sisters are called to a life of prayer, study, community, and ministry. The balance of contemplative prayer, study, and presence within a community becomes the foundation for our ministry, which we like to call compassion in action. Take a moment to read these inspiring stories about the impact our Sisters have had on the lives of some of our donors, and how they embody the spirit of our mission through the gift of giving back. It is the support of all of our generous donors that allows us to continue to make a difference in our world. 

“Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.
For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Dr. Arthur Kelleher

Dr. Arthur Kelleher

And that is what Dr. Art Kelleher did when he unknowingly bought the wining raffle ticket in Sparkill’s annual golf tournament raffle. He took a chance that would help a congregation of Sisters that had once helped him. But the story does not end with the awarding of the first prize, which he generously gifted …

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Ginny and Joe Ripp

Joseph and Virginia Ripp

Joseph and Virginia Ripp are among the Sisters’ most beloved friends. Joe has long served as an advisor to the Dominican Sisters, and Ginny is a trustee of Saint Thomas Aquinas College, which was founded by the Sisters in 1952. In 2017, the congregation honored them with a Veritas Award for their good works and …

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Dr. Adelaide Harmon Elliott

Dr. Adelaide Harmon Elliott

In the early 1940s, St. Helena’s School in the Bronx opened its doors to two sisters, Joan and Adelaide. This was the beginning of their longtime, loving relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. In 1943, Adelaide became a student at Aquinas High School where she was highly influenced by the loving care and sensitive …

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Dr. Mary Ann Biller Fischetti

Mary Ann Biller Fischetti

“The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have always been part of my family,” smiles Mary Ann Biller Fischetti as she thinks back to her childhood. This well-loved, only child of German immigrant parents, found family and lifelong friends within the warm community that the Sisters created at Saint Helena’s School in the Bronx. From the time …

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