Reflections – Contemplatio

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Matthew 25 in Laredo, Texas

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.” – Matthew 25: 35- 36 These words best describe my five-day experience serving the migrant […]

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Can you imagine…

Traveling anywhere with one or two little ones is quite a feat, especially with each ones’ supplies for the journey. Can you imagine having four or five children and traveling through extremely dangerous foreign land, unable to communicate and having no help? At first you might have a little luggage, money, and energy, but by […]

Laredo Mission Team

Courage and Compassion at the Border

From June 28 – July 7, 2021, I was blessed to travel to Laredo, Texas, as part of a Dominican Sisters (OPSCC) mission team to Laredo with seven amazing women: Sister Patricia Daly (Caldwell), Sister Patricia Ginty (Blauvelt), Fiona Kyle, Sister Valorie Lordi (Sparkill), Sister Carolann Masone (Amityville), Sister Diane McSherry (Sparkill), and Sister Margaret […]

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Rockland County’s best kept secret

In early 1884, our Mother Dominic Dowling purchased a plot of land on the west side of the Hudson River in Rockland County, New York. This was to carry out the Dominican Sisters’ plan to provide a healthier environment for the homeless children in their care. In June of that same year, four Sisters and […]

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A grace-filled ministry

I was pleasantly surprised when a notice was released asking Associates to consider assisting during weddings and funerals in Sacred Heart Chapel. The tasks were outlined: to open the chapel doors, switch on the audio and lighting systems, dress the altar with fresh linens and the sacred vessels, and remain on site during the function. […]

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Reflecting on Saint Dominic

Reflecting on the life of St. Dominic de Guzman seems particularly timely this year, since precisely 800 years have passed since his death on August 6, 1221. Let’s take a moment to go back to the time when Dominic lived his extraordinary life on this earth. Historians and others tell us that Dominic was a […]

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The strongest muscle in your body

The strongest muscle in your body is . . . your tongue! It can build up or tear down, comfort and console, or wreak havoc and devastation. What the tongue enables us to produce is words. What happens when this simple, small organ belongs to God? Looking at Isaiah 55:10-11, we see that the Word […]

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The gift of being a small part of a 98-year legacy

Aquinas High School . . . Educating and inspiring young women for a lifetime of faith, learning, and compassionate action for a more just world. – Mission Statement These words embody the Aquinas High School of yesterday and today. Aquinas was the school I entered as a teenager and graduated as a young woman—one educated […]

Sr. Margaret Mary O'Doherty, Montana

Box Elder on Rocky Boy’s Reservation

I lived on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation with the Chippewa Cree people for 36 years. It has been such a blessing for me to learn their sacred ceremonies and share their spirituality, their deep spiritual relationship with the Great Spirit, our Creator. At the Mission School, we spent many hours together sharing our relationship with […]

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St. Paul’s Mission Grade School in Hays

Faithful to our Dominican charism, we commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth in order to address more effectively the needs of our suffering world…. Our peaceful presence brings hope to a world torn by violence. – Chapter 2016 Direction Statement An unplanned moment occurred in our lives nearly 40 years ago when we decided […]

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