Reflections – Contemplatio

Gaudete Sunday

Third Sunday of Advent, 2023

Sister Helen Robert Boyd shared this reflection at Sunday’s evening Vespers at Dominican Convent in Sparkill. Today Christians throughout the world celebrate the Third Sunday of Advent traditionally known as Gaudete Sunday from the introductory phrase of the liturgy, “Rejoice in the Lord!” All the readings of today call for us to rejoice! Even the […]

the Immaculate conception

The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, 2023

Today we celebrate what William Wordsworth called, “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” Our world today has very little to boast about so it is refreshing to know that there was someone in the history of humanity who deserved such an acclamation, none other than our own Blessed Virgin Mary, our heavenly mother. As his poem […]

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The Doorbell Rang

The doorbell rang… The boys at Holy Family School, Hicksville, New York, knew to ring the convent bell only once and wait. It was almost a city block from the kitchen to the front door and one of the Sisters would open the door so the boys could get into the gym. But this evening, […]

Here We Are Today, Thanksgiving 2023

Sister Bridget Kiniry offered this reflection at the Thanksgiving Day Mass in Domincian Convent. Probably each of us has a heart and head full of thoughts and memories of past celebrations. Today we may find our gratefulness clouded by an awareness of all the turmoil and suffering in the world. Still, we are here giving […]

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And the Table Will Be Wide

From the Leadership Team: Sisters Irene, Marie Peter, Aileen, Grace and Nancy May our tables and hearts be wide as we celebrate Thanksgiving this year. May we truly become the blessing for those who hunger and thirst for justice and peace. We share with you Jan Richardson’s, ‘And the Table Will Be Wide’ along with […]


Healing Waters

Sugar kelp being grown in Shinnecock Bay on eastern Long Island, New York. Waban Tarrant and Danielle Hopson Began in front of mural created by Denis Silva-Dennies (l to r) Sister Pat Hogan, Sister Susan Dunn, Sr. Kerri Handal, Waban Tarrant, Danielle Hopson Began. Danielle Hopson Began demonstrates the tool that will be used to […]

Albert the Great, OP

Feast of St. Albert the Great

The following is a collaboration between Sister Amelia DeMarco and Sister Jeanne Shary. Sister Amelia conducted extensive research and reported on St. Albert’s life and legacy. Sister Jeanne was inspired to preach at today’s liturgy based on Sister Amelia’s writing and today’s Gospel reading from Luke 17:11-19. Sister Jeanne’s Preaching Good morning/afternoon and happy feast […]

Basilica of St. John Lateran

Dedication of St. John Lateran Basilica, Feast

Sister Bridge Kiniry shared this preaching at today’s liturgy in Dominican Convent. The Lateran Basilica-How much can we say about a building dedicated in 324? Yes, it is a special Church with a lot of history. But how inspirational is that for most of us? Let’s look at the word CHURCH. It can mean a […]

Memorial Mass Preaching

Students from St. Gregory Barbarigo help decorate Sister’s cemetary. Sister Eileen Gannon shared this reflection at our annual Memorial Mass at Dominican Convent. We, Dominican Sisters and Associates have times when we come together as I know all here gathered have the same.  But this is my favorite and I realize that my sound strange, […]

Our lady of the Rosary statue

Our Lady of the Rosary Reflection

When I began to prepare these reflections for today’s Feast of the Holy Rosary, a memory popped up before me, one that many here may share – the memory of saying the family rosary – kneeling in front of our couch with the framed Sacred Heart picture on the wall above us. I don’t remember […]

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