<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=267666873618792&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1">

You are here: Home \ Cultivating Change \ Cultivating Change

Friday, November 17, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

document-agreement-documents-sign-48195.jpeg

 

The leaders of 161 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, national organizations, and health care providers, serving people and communities in every state of the nation, have issued a letter to the Trump Administration and Congress. 

Read More...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Today is the 20th anniversary of America Recycles Day, a Keep America Beautiful national initiative to raise awareness about the value of recycling.

Read More...

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Aid_distribution_Hawija_Kirkuk_Governorate.jpg

Representatives of the Chaldean Catholic diocese of Kirkuk distribute aid to displaced families earlier this October)in Hawija. The center for internally displaced families is 30 miles southwest of the diocesan center where Dominican Friar Yousif Thomas Mirkis is the archbishop. In spite of the challenges Iraq faces Archbishop...

Read More...

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

shutterstock_528463219.jpg

 

In 2011, as the result of youth advocacy around the world, the United Nations declared October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Its mission is to help galvanize worldwide enthusiasm for goals to better girls’ lives, providing an opportunity for them to show leadership and reach their full potential.” It’s a...

Read More...

Saturday, September 30, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

shutterstock_158678681.jpg

 

Is the Reformation over? Or, has the Reformation achieved its end? That was the question posed to a group at the Mariandle Center this weekend. The large crowd gathered in honor of the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation to celebrate Catholic-Lutheran unity and learn more about the backgrounds of both faiths.

 

Read More...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

IMG_2127.jpg

Pastor Carol Fryer dialogues at Mariandale Center

 

The Dominican Sisters of Hope and the Mariandale Center will host a celebration of Catholic-Lutheran Unity this Saturday, September 30, from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. The event, which will take place at the Mariandale Center, honors the five-hundredth anniversary of the Reformation.

Read More...

Friday, September 22, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

IMG_1567.jpg

 

For the past week, the 193-member United Nations has convened for the annual General Assembly. The gathering, which is now in its 72nd iteration, focused on positions advocated by the U.N., such as those on peace and security, in addition to administrative decisions like admission of new members and budgetary matters.

Read More...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

medical-appointment-doctor-healthcare-40568.jpeg

 

We invite you to join us and our friends at Catholic Health Association in urging your Senators to vote NO on the Graham–Cassidy legislation to repeal and replace ACA.

Read More...

Friday, August 11, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Honey at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center

 

It’s been two years since we at Mariandale welcomed bees onto campus

 

This July, Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP, master gardener and beekeeper Regina Blakeslee, her husband, Ed Levine, and Mariandale staff member Karen Noreika harvested the bees’ honey for...

Read More...

Friday, August 11, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Mica Beatham

10463005_677424132307407_5590890652537767152_n.jpg

Sister Stephanie Frenette holds Salomé 

 

One of the most moving and yet heartbreaking trips that we make during our Mission is to Pajarito Azul, a disability center for abandoned people of all ages. The facility is divided into two parts: children and adults. Most of the children have physical disabilities and cannot...

Read More...

Friday, August 11, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Megan Frederick

shutterstock_142445545.jpg

 

There is a nursing home in Masaya, Nicaragua, and, this July, the Mission of Hope had the opportunity to visit San Antonio Nursing Home— the first time in about five years. Twenty-three Missioners ventured to this location, and I was lucky enough to be one of them. We had the opportunity to deliver handmade blankets to...

Read More...

Sunday, August 6, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Screen Shot 2017-08-11 at 6.13.27 PM.png

Shrine of prophet Nahum Alqush- Iraq. Photo by Frdos Zora, op

 

Three years ago, the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena from Erbil, Iraq left their homes in order to flee ISIS. In the time since, they have been refugees and have ministered to fellow refugees within refugee camps. As they write, "We started a journey...

Read More...

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP

Sister Gloria Marie with local schoolchildren 

 

On July 10, Dominican Sister of San Jose Gloria Marie Jones, OP left on the adventure of a lifetime. She is currently spending a little over two months with the Dominican Sisters of Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Kenya. During this time, Sister Gloria is “engaging in an in depth analysis...

Read More...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP

shutterstock_663013330.jpg

 

A native of Tokyo, Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP earned a foreign student scholarship to study music in Miami in 1951. The following year, she entered the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, MI. Sister is now a Professor Emerita at Siena Heights University, Adrian, where she taught music for many years.

 

Read More...

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Debbie Blow

shutterstock_641523463.jpg

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Debbie Blow, OP went to Nicaragua twenty years ago on an isolated mission trip. Upon her return, she co-founded the North Country Mission of Hope, which now celebrates its twentieth year of fostering hope among the people of Nicaragua through community development, ecological sustainability,...

Read More...

Monday, July 10, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Anjana Parmar, Op

© Yann Forget / Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY-SA-3.0

 

In 2016, Sister Anjana Parmar, OP attended the UN's Commission on the Status of Women, which discussed sustainable development goals globally. Today, she reflects on how these goals enlighten, and challenge, her home community in India.

Read More...

Sunday, July 2, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-99608.jpeg

Last August, the Guzman Community held an End-of-Summer barbecue. Sisters gathered over hamburgers, hotdogs, and ice cream; however, the fun didn't end there. The group decided to use the event to support a local nonprofit that matters to them. Because the barbecue was held in Newburgh, NY, each of the twenty-plus attendees...

Read More...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Debbie Blow

image_171.jpg

Sister Debbie (left) in Nicaragua

 

Sometimes it is easy to forget events that helped shape our lives.

 

Read More...

Thursday, June 15, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-300954.jpeg

 

 For many, coming to America is a dream. People who flee their home countries to escape persecution, violence, and poverty hope to be greeted with the American Dream of citizenship and new beginnings. Many, however, are detained for either unlawful presence or unlawful entry. For long stretches of time, they are held in...

Read More...

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-213858.jpeg

 

 

When considering the current immigration patterns, there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution for anyone involved. Just last week, a high-school student from our Ossining community was detained. He was preparing to graduate and attend his senior prom; now, he is detained in New Jersey pending deportation back to Ecuador. 

 

Read More...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

fracking-699657_960_720.jpg

 

We Dominican Sisters of Hope stand in communion with all of creation. Unfortunately, we as a global family and nation have too long treated our earth as an object to be used and abused.

Read More...

Monday, June 5, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-279315.jpeg

 

Over the weekend, we posted a video on Facebook about our outrage with President Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement. The statement is shared by Dominican Sisters across the United States and informed by years of study, prayer, and conversation with both laity and religious around the world.

Read More...

Friday, May 26, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Flickr: Freedom House

 

You already konw about the Executive Orders on deportation that were issued by the U.S. President in January and are now being implemented. When the Executive Order came out, we voiced our opposition to the ban on immigrants. Throughout our Dominican history, we have accompanied and served immigrant and...

Read More...

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

doctor-medical-medicine-health-42273.jpeg

 

The Dominican Sisters of Hope are outraged that the present direction of the Healthcare bill will leave 24 million people without healthcare. We are also outraged that, in the Senate, no women sit on the study committee to rewrite the law.

 

 

Read More...

Monday, April 24, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

img_5544.jpg

Sister Bette Ann with two bluebird houses on Mariandale's property

 

On a Saturday morning in March, a group of activists, children, immigrant families, one ornithologist, and one Catholic Sister set out to build homes for a population that has long been homeless: bluebirds. The group was gathered among hammers and blocks of...

Read More...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

CLimateChangeDominicans-2.jpg

Sisters and Dominican Volunteers at the People's Climate March in 2014

 

Three years ago, Dominican Sister of Hope Nancy Erts, OP perfectly described the issue of climate change:

 

“All other issues are connected to issue of climate change,” she said, calling climate change “fundamental.”

Read More...

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-213340.jpeg

 

 

Dominican Sisters in the U.S.A have been actively addressing climate change since the late 1980s. In 2015,  we commissioned four Dominican Sisters to represent us at the Paris 2015 Climate Summit – COP21. Today, in the face of the imminent threat climate change poses to the planet, to people, to the economy, and even to...

Read More...

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

16684014_1217398658309949_3921861571577667741_n.jpg

 

"Take a look at your surroundings. Carpet floors, brick walls, a running air conditioner, electric lights, more rooms than fingers on your hand, all the technology in the world. You are luckier than you could ever imagine. There is a place 4,706.3 miles away where school children are lucky to have four classroom walls. Two...

Read More...

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-57825.jpeg

 

This week, from February 21 - 24, members of Congress will be home in their states and local districts. This is a great opportunity to share your perspective and more importantly to begin to build relationships with members and their staffs. Signing online petitions and spreading the word on social media are valid ways to...

Read More...

Thursday, February 9, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

Screen Shot 2017-02-09 at 8.30.10 PM.png

Shannon Evans with her son, Alyosha

 

Right now, one of the mandates issued by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious is to educate ourselves on and confront racism. The Call for 2015 - 2022 acknowledges that inequity breeds oppression, that we need a more welcoming Church community, that we are challenged, still, to...

Read More...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

Photograph: Geovien So/Demotix/Corbis on Flickr

Read More...

Monday, January 9, 2017

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

IMG_0913-1.jpg

Among Sister Mary Headley's project in Haiti was teaching women about filtering clean water

Read More...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Debbie Blow

 

 We all know that more than a million people escaped war and torture this year; they are refugees. (Please don’t tune me out just yet! Stay with me…) We are all also aware of some folks espousing the shutting down of our borders because people are fleeing war and violence. We witness attacks of varying degrees of violence,...

Read More...

Friday, December 23, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Chicago Daily News photo, courtesy of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries.

 

Google Catholic Social Teaching and you’ll get pages-long responses talking about justice as it relates to everything from the Earth to solidarity. No doubt, Catholicism’s relation to justice...

Read More...

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

29485116115_c1c803c646_o.png

Photo Credit: Joe Brusky (cc 2.0 via Flickr

 

Standing Rock is on many minds lately, but, this month, Catholic Sisters did more than send their thoughts to North Dakota. Two weekends ago, eight Catholic Dominican Sisters ventured to Standing Rock to stand in solidarity with the water protectors there.

Read More...

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

14627888_10154194851601645_441684502_n.png

 

Sister Bette Ann Jaster (left) joins anti-fracking protestors. Photo c/o Erik McGregor

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster has been involved with a dedicated group of people who are resisting Spectra’s AIM (Algonquin Incremental  Market Expansion) Project. The AIM pipeline is a 42-inch, fracked gas pipeline, running...

Read More...

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

thumbnail_DSC00495-1.jpg

 

Sisters Sharon and Donna Brunell build in New Orleans

 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Sharon Yount, OP goes home, she visits her family in southern New Jersey. Her siblings, nieces, and nephews live a mere eight miles from the Salem home in which she and her siblings were raised; the town was surrounded by small farms and,...

Read More...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

800px-Defense.gov_photo_essay_101222-D-7377C-002.jpg

By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

 

 For many, coming to America is a dream. People who flee their home countries to escape persecution, violence, and poverty hope to be greeted with the American Dream of citizenship and new beginnings. Many, however, are detained for entering the...

Read More...

Friday, September 23, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Pipes_for_keystone_pipeline_in_2009.jpg

 

We’ve long posted here about the dangers of fracking. Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP, who is actively involved in anti-fracking advocacy work, wrote this article about the importance of clean water for all of Earth's inhabitants. As we advocate against the danger of fracking across the country, we stand in...

Read More...

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

thumbnail_DSCN4869-1.jpg

Dr. Alejandro Ortiz Alvarez with a patient and Mission volunteer Liz Wolosin, who aspires to be a dentist.

Read More...

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

1sidebyside.png

Just in time for the 2016 election, our friends at NETWORK Lobby have put together a guide for comparing the 2016 presidential candidates. As informed voters, we believe that the first step to creating systemic change is educating ourselves. So, if you're still not sure who to vote for, fear not! NETWORK has done the research...

Read More...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Baby_shower_shortbread_biscuits_1_8515549806.jpg

 

Since 2005, nearly three quarters of a million people, have been prosecuted in our federal courts for the crime of improper migration: 412,240 for improper entry and 317,916 for re-entry. The figures that we don't see are even more frightening: many of these detained women have babies and toddlers who live with them in...

Read More...

Monday, August 15, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

IMG_1616.jpg

Flickr: Steven Depolo

Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP is an environmentalist. After co-founding Earthlinks twenty years ago, she has worked to legalize beekeeping in the Village of Ossining, advocated against fracking in Westchester County, and even created space at Mariandale for neighbors to come and garden.

Read More...

Thursday, August 11, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

pexels-photo-30252-large.jpg

 

Surely, there is no better time than summer to rejoice in the beauty of our common home that surrounds us. However, it is equally important to act as an advocate on behalf of Earth. To see this, one needn’t look further than Sister Nancy Erts. For Sister, protecting and preserving the Earth is more than just a passion, it’s...

Read More...

Friday, July 29, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

novena.jpg

 

 

We've already posted about our prioress who is working to help Dominican Sisters in Iraq. Now, from half a world away, here's a way that we can all join in solidarity with our Sisters and Brothers who are persecuted.

Read More...

Monday, July 18, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Image c/o Katie Naab

 

We believe the 2016 election presents an important opportunity to reflect on our deepest values and commitment to the common good. While the Democratic and the Republican parties hold national conventions this month, Faith in Public Life created a six-point guide that highlights the need to address...

Read More...

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

When Sister Lorelle Elcock talks about Iraqi refugees, she tears up. The prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Sister Lorelle is normally even-keeled, but she concedes that talking about the people who have left everything they knew to flee from ISIS really gets to her.

Read More...

Friday, July 8, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Together-Relationship-Couple-Marriage-Interracial-1246304.jpg

Chief Thomson, far left, Pop, second to right

 

Cathedral Kitchen was bustling when Police Chief Scott Thomson made a promise to one of the men in the room. 

 

“In all seriousness,” Chief Thomson said pointing in the direction of the new graduate, “he is a good man. I promise you, I’m going to be one of the first customers in...

Read More...

Friday, June 17, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Venrun_1_copy.jpg

 

The Dominican Sisters Conference (which unites 19 congregations of Dominican Sisters in the U.S.) joins its voice with all who stand against the violence brought on the LGBTQ community in Orlando, Florida.

 

Read More...

Friday, May 20, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Pope_Francis_at_Varginha_2.jpg

 On Thursday May 12, Pope Francis announced he will create a commission to study the possibility of allowing women to serve as deacons in the Catholic Church. He said this in the presence of 900 leaders of the world’s congregations of Catholic women religious, including the Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Lorelle...

Read More...

Friday, May 20, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Pope_Francis_Photo_2.jpg

For the past week, news sources have been abuzz about Pope Francis’s announcement to create a commission to study women deacons. It’s an initiative worthy of talk, but there’s more to the story.

Read More...

Friday, April 22, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

One year ago, the Dominican Sisters of Hope (in committed collaboration with four other Dominican communities, also known as OPSCC) officially committed to work on climate change impacts. The initiative, which took the form of a corporate stance, was as important as it was heady: the group acknowledged the negative impacts of...

Read More...

Sunday, April 17, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Nancy Erts

Many of us may know this simple chant:“Open our ears Lord, help us to hear your voice, open our ears, Lord, help us to hear!”

Read More...

Friday, April 1, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

People sift through blankets and coats donated to them. Photo c/o Steve Ahlquist

Sometimes, helping others means starting a nonprofit or teaching students everyday for thirty-five years. But, what would our world look like if helping simply meant passing on stuff that you don’t want or need anymore?

Read More...

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

In the busy buzz of daily life, certain moments stand out to me as stark reminders of what I care about. Such was the case a few months ago at church. The reading was about the Baptism of Jesus. Jesus was invited by John to come to the water. In New York, for a couple of days, media sources of all stripes were spilling the...

Read More...

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Pat Jelly

Can you identify a moment when you experienced a Transformation of Jesus in yourself or in others?

 

For myself, there have been many moments that, when reflecting on them together, have been moments of Light, a gradual transformation which always happens for me with the shadows. These hopefully will continue until the final...

Read More...

Friday, March 4, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 In the 1960s, as the fight for justice and equality was beginning in the United States, Dominican Sister of Hope Pat Peters, OP found herself in a storefront in Danbury, Connecticut making coffee and conversation with the poor and homeless.

Read More...

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 When thinking of Catholic Sisters, the term “corporate stances” doesn't immediately come to mind. Prayer, spirituality, and ministry all exemplify the Dominican Sisters’ charism, but so, too, does justice. As a unified group, the Dominican Sisters care deeply about justice and their relationship to the poor and marginalized...

Read More...

Thursday, February 11, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Richard Gadbois at the Newburgh Ministry

Richard Gadbois first learned about the Newburgh Ministry decades ago. A born-and-bred Newburgh resident, Mr. Gadbois knew the Sisters from school, and he knew the Ministry since its beginning. After retiring, he began helping out with the Ministry wherever he could. He made...

Read More...

Sunday, February 7, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Chicago Daily News photo, courtesy of the Department of Special Collections and University Archives, Marquette University Libraries.

In 1968, Sister Ann Stankiewicz requested to go to Washington D.C. to live with a small group of Dominican Sisters and minister to a black community. It was a big ask. Sister Ann was part of...

Read More...

Friday, February 5, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sister Norma holds a baby at the Newburgh Ministry

 

The mission statement of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary calls the community to work for human dignity, peace, justice and the needs of the disadvantaged.Since beginning her work at The Newburgh Ministry in 2002, Sister Norma Carney, PBVM...

Read More...

Friday, January 29, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sister Margaret Anderson talks business with Colin Jarvis, Executive Director of Newburgh Ministry
 

In 1983, five women religious --one of whom is a Dominican Sister of Hope-- decided to respond to the need they saw on the streets of Newburgh, New York. While many residents chose to leave due to a weakening economy and...

Read More...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

In the spring of 2013, Dominican Sisters of Hope Pat Flynn and Pat Jelly engaged in a human trafficking awareness campaign in Northern New Jersey. The following fall would see the Super Bowl at the Meadowlands, and the pair, along with other religious groups, wanted to raise awareness among...

Read More...

Thursday, January 21, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Debbie Blow

 

 While in Nicaragua last week and also, last year, some of us had the blessing of meeting Josefa, a woman who has conquered many odds, risked her life multiple times for other women and children, and who has now established a safe house for women in Nicaragua. This safehouse is one that is being sponsored and assisted by the...

Read More...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

 

Sister Bette Ann Jaster at the Spectra Energy "die-in" in Carmel, NY. Photo c/o Erik McGregor
 

“Do I have passion?” the pastor asked himself in front of the multiethnic congregation. The reading was about the Baptism of Jesus. Jesus was invited by John to come to the water. This morning reminded me again of what I care...

Read More...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

 

Sister Bette Ann Jaster at the Spectra Energy "die-in" in Carmel, NY. Photo c/o Erik McGregor

 

“Do I have passion?” the pastor asked himself in front of the multiethnic congregation. The reading was about the Baptism of Jesus. Jesus was invited by John to come to the water. This morning reminded me again of what I care...

Read More...

Thursday, January 7, 2016

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Holly Borzacchiello and Antonio in Nicaragua

 

Holly Borzacchiello packed anti-inflammatories for her first trip to Nicaragua. A mother of two, she had been working out strenuously, and she needed them for some pain she had experienced recently.

Read More...

Friday, December 11, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Many of us were glued to the TV hearing reports about the San Bernardino shootings, and we were reminded of the many shootings that have taken place throughout our country over the past several years. Escalating violence --whether it is a terrorist attack, a mental health issue, a grudge or revenge attack, or a tragic...

Read More...

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

Second Sunday of Advent

“The winding roads shall be made straight, and the rough ways made smooth, and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.”
Luke 3:1-6
 

Reflection by Paul Stage, Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Xavier University, and Former Christian Appalachian Project (CAP) Volunteer

Read More...

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

 

 I pause on this foggy, gray day to ponder the familiar words of Martin Buber, “We must go throughout these grey days as bearers of glad tidings.” As Dominican Sisters of Hope, we live in hope, and life continues to intervene, challenging our hope day after day.

Read More...

Friday, November 20, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Iraq

 

Sister Nancy in Iraq

 

Calling a trip to Iraq “emotionally taxing” might be an understatement. However, that’s just what Dominican Sister of Hope Nancy Erts, OP experienced when she visited Iraq in 2001.

Read More...

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

United Nations Photo

Considering the huge influx of refugees from all over the world, there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution. That’s why, instead of taking a political stance, Dominican Sisters of Hope Debbie Blow, OP and Patricia Jelly, OP choose hope.

As they consider worldwide despair with hearts for creating a better...

Read More...

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 The beginning of November ushers us into that time of year: holiday season. With the holidays fast approaching, you might be thinking about the chocolate you'll buy to fill this year's cornucopias and stockings. But, are you considering where the chocolate came from?

Read More...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Few things are as beautiful as a fall day in the Northeast. Today was no exception. Rather than continuing to work normally in our respective offices, sisters and staff joined together at Mariandale to “walk the land” together this morning. The experience was meant to help staff learn more about the campus, and to take time...

Read More...

Monday, October 19, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 You already know that the 170 Dominican Sisters of Hope are active in fifteen states and Puerto Rico; their ministries include everything from writing books to building homes to dancing, and lots more. But they do more than good works. Here’s what might surprise you: the sisters are technically a corporation, and, as such,...

Read More...

Thursday, September 24, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sister Bette Ann with one week's delivery to the food pantry

 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP arrives at the Ossining Food Pantry at Trinity Church, she knows that she is doing something special. Among spreads of instant coffee and boxed cookies, Sister Bette Ann brings a different kind of food to the...

Read More...

Thursday, September 10, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

It’s well-known that Pope Francis published an encyclical on the environment, "Laudato Si', on Care for Our Common Home," this past June. The contents of the 184-paged encyclical, however, are lesser known and understood. That’s why the Dominican Sisters of Hope are hosting a reflection day, Harvesting the Fruits of Pope...

Read More...

Monday, September 7, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

The Serviam Sisters with Holly (left) and Sister Debbie Blow (right) in Nicaragua 

 

When Holly Holly Borzacchiello began working for the Dominican Sisters of Hope eleven-and-a-half years ago, she didn't think she'd end up in Nicaragua. However, this past July, she joined Dominican Sisters of Hope Debbie Blow and...

Read More...

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

sunrise-sun-morgenrot-skies-163255.jpeg

 

Flickr: Phil Dolby

The emphasis of Pope Francis on the care of creation has made us all more aware that ecological concerns are “not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” That awareness continues with the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

Read More...

Friday, August 14, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

The link between sisters and ecological justice might not be the most intuitive. However, the Dominican Sisters of Hope consider it part of their mission to “promote unity in diversity, interiority, and communion with all creatures.” For the sisters, this includes connecting with nature.

 

“I focus on finding God in sacred...

Read More...

Friday, August 14, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

"It's a beautiful tomato," Josh Arcaro coos just outside of the kitchen at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center. "I would cut this up into sixths or eighths, leave it raw, drizzle it with extra-virgin olive oil."

Read More...

Monday, July 27, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

 

From Left: Sr. Debbie Blow, Sr. Ligia, and Sr. Stephanie
 

On each and every Mission of Hope trip to serve the poor of Nicaragua, I never cease to be amazed that I get to experience a glimpse of the heart of God. At first glance, you might think that's a nice poetic phrase, but, seriously, it's true!

Read More...

Monday, July 13, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 Dominican Sister of Hope Beth Jaspers entered the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor (now Dominican Sisters of Hope) in 1964. Since 1977, she has lived in Norton, Virginia, and has helped to start a number of social services in the community. Among them is Remote Area Medical (RAM), a free clinic for those in need, which...

Read More...

Friday, July 10, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

 

 Dominican Sister of Hope Debbie Blow is the co-founder and Executive Director of the North Country Mission of Hope. Yesterday, Wednesday, July 8th, began North Country Mission of Hope's sixty-first mission trip to Nicaragua. Below, one of the participants shares her reflections on the first day of mission. We will continue...

Read More...

Friday, July 3, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

The discussion over income and wealth inequality in our country has increased dramatically since the recession that began in 2008. Economics of Compassion of Greater Cincinnati is a recently-formed initiative, seeking to create a sustainable, resilient, more inclusive economy for all...

Read More...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

All scientists agree that Earth is warming, which is destructive to life on the planet. While some may deny that human activity causes climate change, the vast majority of the scientific community does not. It is clear that the future of life on Earth is in our hands.

 

The NY/NJ Congregations of Dominican Sisters have...

Read More...

Friday, June 19, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sister Debbie Blow with a child in Nicaragua
 

Considering the huge influx of child migrants at the border, there doesn’t seem to be an easy solution. That’s why, instead of taking a political stance, Dominican Sisters of Hope Debbie Blow, OP and Patricia Jelly, OP have chosen hope.

Read More...

Monday, June 15, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

 

Hope Community gardeners at Mariandale

The Garden at Mariandale was put to bed for the winter. As I stand before the seventeen raised beds, now seeded with winter rye to bring fresh nourishment for the spring, I am caught in a kind of reverie.

Read More...

Thursday, June 11, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sister Debbie Blow with a child in Nicaragua
 

When Debbie Blow entered the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine of Siena in Fall River, MA, (now the Dominican Sisters of Hope), she had one specific request as far as ministry was concerned: she would do anything except ministry abroad.

Read More...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts

 

 

This year at the Shore the blossoms came out on schedule, in late April and into May, even though the temperature was many degrees short of spring-like. They only hung around for what seemed hours instead of weeks, but they did show up. Reluctantly. A matter of duty.

Read More...

Friday, June 5, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

This post is in honor of World Environment Day. For a devotion for the day, consider our Prayer for World Environment Day.

 

At the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, sustainability starts at the reception desk. The front office features low-emission, recycled or recyclable, and low petroleum-based...

Read More...

Thursday, May 21, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

Sister Mary Ann with a group of children
 

When Mary Ann Cirillo, OP, a Dominican Sister of Hope, moved to Oklahoma to minister to Native Americans, she did not have fond first impressions of the West.

Read More...

Monday, May 11, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

 

Earth Day is every day, yet it takes on a new and deeper meaning here at Mariandale this year. This Retreat and Conference Center, and those of us who live, work and visit here, recently welcomed two hives of honeybees. Concerned as we Dominican Sisters of Hope are with climate change and its many unprecedented...

Read More...

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

Today, Dominican Sister of Hope Linda Delgado, OP, is gathering in Trenton with fellow New Jersey residents to support and show solidarity for the re-signing of the Older Americans Act. She and 10-15 representatives from twenty-one New-Jersey counties will peacefully gather to encourage senators to...

Read More...

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

“Our school just received a wonderful prize,” wrote Dominican Sister of Hope John Christian McCabe, OP, in a letter to the Dominican Sisters earlier this week.

Read More...

Friday, April 24, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster (left) and co-creator and beekeeper Regina Blakeslee (right) prepare for the arrival of two hives at Mariandale

 

The bees have found a home at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center. On Friday, April 24, 2015, the sisters along with staff and co-creators welcomed two hives of...

Read More...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Rosemarie Wdzieczkowski, OP, (left) and the children and staff at Our Lady of Good Counsel Early Childhood Center, Moorestown, NJ, celebrate Earth Day with a Earth Day Prayer Service.

 

While the Dominican Sisters of Hope united to approve a corporate stance on climate change (and committed to...

Read More...

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sisters and Dominican Volunteers stand together at the 2014 People's Climate March.

 

Many Dominican Sisters of Hope don’t doubt climate change. Talking to the sisters individually yields stories of climate marches, bee-keeping, monarch butterflies, and various other initiatives to honor and preserve the Earth.

Read More...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

A coach, physical education teacher, food-pantry organizer, and, most recently, cook at Camden's largest emergency food provider (soup kitchen), Dominican Sister of Hope Jean Spena's life doesn't lack variety. On April 12th, she received a Humanitarian Award from the New Jersey Sons of Italy Vita Nuova Lodge for her work...

Read More...

Thursday, April 9, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

From left: Sr. Jeanne Clark, OP, (Amityville), Associate Elizabeth Keihm (Amityville), Sr. Peggy McPortland, OP, (Sparkill), Fr. Diarmuid O'Murchu, M.S.C., Sr. Margaret Flaherty, OP, (Sparkill), Sr. Louise Levesque, OP, (Hope)

 

 

"When I change the level of my awareness, I start attracting a different reality," Father...

Read More...

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Guest

 

 

Lately it seems to be harder and harder to come to grips with war. Or the idea of war and what to think of it. I say I’m against war but then I remember WWII and all the pride everyone felt in defeating an enemy that carried out a sneak and cowardly attack against us. (We weren’t happy with our...

Read More...

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

Dominican Sisters of Hope Nancy Erts, OP, and Bette Ann Jaster, OP, and Dr. Fred Herron, Executive Director of Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, joined with other environmental activists on the fourth anniversary of the tsunami and earthquake that caused a nuclear meltdown in Japan. The...

Read More...

Friday, March 13, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

“Concerned about man-made climate change and united by our Catholic faith, we have come together to care for God’s creation, for the poor, who are the most vulnerable to climate disruption, and for our children, who will face the worst impacts in the coming years. We encourage Catholics to renew...

Read More...

Thursday, March 12, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 When Dominican Sister of Hope Beth Jaspers moved to Norton, Virginia, in 1977, she was well attuned to the voice of the people there. Norton had a population of about 44,000 and the community consisted largely of mining families: Sister Beth and her comrade Sister Margaret Flynn, also a Dominican Sister of Hope, chose the...

Read More...

Monday, March 9, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Sisters and Dominican Volunteers stand together at the 2014 People's Climate March.

 

Many Dominican Sisters of Hope don’t doubt climate change. Talking to the sisters individually yields stories of climate marches, bee-keeping, monarch butterflies, and various other initiatives to honor and preserve the Earth.

Read More...

Monday, March 2, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Alice Hannan was volunteering at a homeless shelter for runaways under twenty-one-years-old when she first met Desda. The year was 1982; Sister had a daily routine of walking to her home convent from the Times Square shelter every evening. She left the shelter solo, but while she walked she was...

Read More...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

 

Together with students from the Solano School in Nicaragua, North Country Mission of Hope volunteers (from left) Paul White, Chris Mazzella and Natalie Posner, with Sandy Davidson (seated), gather beneath the swing set they helped build for the school. Photo c/o Press Republican
 

Reporting in this article first...

Read More...

Thursday, February 19, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Sister Debbie Blow and the 59th North Country Mission of Hope group prepare to leave Newark

Read More...

Monday, February 16, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Sister Pat Jelly (center) organizes for the Statewide Education Organizing Committee for New Jersey

Read More...

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

Dominican Sisters of Hope Pat Jelly, Anne Marie Bucher, and Mary Headley march in the 2014 People's Climate March alongside Dominican Volunteers
 

God, justice, and climate change might not seem to be related, but, for the Dominican Sisters of Hope, they couldn’t be more connected.

 

“All other issues are connected to...

Read More...

Sunday, February 1, 2015

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

 

The bees have found a home in the Village of Ossining, NY. The Village Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday, May 21 to override the long standing ordinance against beekeeping in Ossining. Through a concerted effort on the part of many residents, gardeners, friends and neighbors, beekeepers as well as trustees and their...

Read More...

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

A spiritually-based humanitarian organization, the North Country Mission of HopeSM began in 1998 as a direct ministerial response to the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Mitch on the impoverished villages of Chiquilistagua and Monte Verde in Nicaragua.

Read More...

Thursday, January 30, 2014

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

Friends participate in Nuns Build

 

The St. Bernard Project has long been building. The nonprofit organization was started in 2006 to ensure that disaster-impacted communities recover in a prompt, efficient, and predictable way. Since its founding, St. Bernard Project has rebuilt more than 445 homes in the Greater New Orleans...

Read More...

About Justice and Advocacy Work

Whether through advocacy or on-the-ground service, we are committed to creating a more just world. Poverty, climate justice, civil rights, and access to healthcare and education are among our top priorities as citizens of Planet Earth. We invite you to read our stories and learn about how we’re working to bring about change through our daily ministries, and how you can join us in spreading hope through justice.




Subscribe to receive weekly stories in your inbox



Popular Posts




Donate Now Make a Prayer Request Signup for Our Monthly Newsletter Spiritual Enrollments Mass Cards Mariandale Conference and Retreat Center


VIEW STORY ARCHIVES