Reflections – Contemplatio

Dominican Life

Feast of St. Dominic

We have much to celebrate in the life and legacy of Dominic de Guzmán, founder of the worldwide Order of Preachers. In his fervent desire to share the light of truth (Veritas), Dominic took a holistic approach to life and learning when he integrated the strength of four pillars of study, prayer, service, and common […]

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I’ve got good news: We all preach!

July, the month we celebrate the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, often brings to my mind the above quote from Sister Pat Walsh (RIP), who was a special part of our congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill. It is a quote I first heard while participating in a retreat that Sister Pat was conducting with […]

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Feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha

The encyclical letter Laudato Sí (“Praise be to You, my Lord”) was issued by Pope Francis in 2015. Sister Carolyn Wolfbauer (d. 2022) and I discussed with excitement and hope what the letter could mean for a world confronted by the destruction of climate change. Since its publication, millions of sincere and resolute people-scientists, theologians, […]

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Our Sisters Return from Ukraine

Sisters Valorie Lordi and Bernadette Nonnon shared their reflections upon their return from a 10-day mission experience in Slovakia and Ukraine. They went to be with our Dominican Sisters of Blessed Imelda, Slovakia, and the Ukrainian refugees whom they serve. Sister Valorie: I felt called to make this journey, to put my feet on the […]

Albertus Magnus Preaching Team

In Their Own Words

800 years after the founding of the Dominican Order, its charism is alive and well at Albertus Magnus High School in Bardonia, NY. Let’s listen to the members of the Albertus Magnus Preaching Team, moderated by Sr. Nancy Richter, reflect on their experiences. These high school students are proclaiming the Good News in their own […]

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I Place All My Trust in Thee

Sister Jeanne Shary’s conversation with Sister Mary Rose Mullervy Sister Mary Rose: From early years, as children in our home, we always had a plaque with the Sacred Heart prayer in the foyer. In the bedroom, there was also lovely picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I grew up with and I still frequently […]

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Wow! The Holy Spirit is Awesome!

During my childhood years, I was introduced to the Holy Spirit through a picture of a group of people gathered together, with small flames hovering over each one’s head. I remember thinking to myself, “Wow! The Holy Spirit is awesome!” I didn’t know then the reality and magnitude of that impression. As we celebrate the […]

Respond to the Cries of Ukraine

Siena Hall Peacemakers

Siena Hall is home to more than 40 Sparkill Dominican Sisters who receive nursing care. Join Sparkill Dominican Sister’s Chris Ferrar and Nora McCarthy as they share the story of the Sisters’ Peace Prayer for Ukraine.

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The 146th Anniversary of Our Founding

From the earliest years, the future of the Sparkill Dominican community has been in God’s hands. Alice Mary Thorpe founded the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary on May 6, 1876. The pioneer sisters, inspired by Mother Thorpe’s example, followed her into a life of prayer, poverty, and sacrifice, serving sick and destitute […]

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Spring’s Call

One of the things I love most about the season of spring is its imperceptibility-its daily surprises. One day there appears to be nothing sprouting and then, within a span of a few hours or days, tiny new growths appear. It’s as if the struggles of winter give way to the fruits of patient endurance. […]

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