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Thursday, January 4, 2018

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As we began to think about New Year's Resolutions, we found ourselves focusing on one simple concept: waste. Millions of pounds of waste are transported, buried, and burned in the United States every day. Many people recycle with good intentions, but recycled goods often end up in landfills. Methane gas from landfills...


Friday, August 11, 2017

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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...


Monday, April 24, 2017

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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...


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

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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.”


Monday, August 15, 2016

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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.


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