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Nov 1, 2017 1:32:53 PM

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On Sunday, October 15, a group gathered in Marian Hall for a ritual and memorial service.

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Oct 11, 2017 5:01:28 PM

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This Sunday, from 1-5 pm, the Mariandale Center will host a benefit called Autumn Invitation: Echoes and Eco(systems) of Hope on the River.

 

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Oct 10, 2017 6:39:25 PM

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When Dominican Sister of Hope Marie DiCamillo passed away last month, her friend Dominican Sister of Hope Peggy Devlin wrote and read the eulogy for her funeral. In it, she depicts a life lived communally before the internet and without luxuries. Yet, far from dull, Sister Peggy's account is a poignant tale of true...

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Oct 5, 2017 12:20:34 AM

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On Monday, October 2, we had the joy of celebrating five of our 2017 Jubilarians (clockwise, from top right): Sister Estelle Kilpatrick, Sister Barbara McCarthy, Sister Lorraine Ferguson, Sister Eleanor Piat, and Sister Louise Place. The festivities included mass, a special homily, lunch, and cake with sisters and guests. We...

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Sep 26, 2017 5:15:41 PM

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Sister Margaret Anderson, OP speaks at the awards ceremony

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Margaret Anderson, OP was honored with the President’s Award for Outstanding Service to Mount Saint Mary College on Saturday, September 23. The awards ceremony was part of the Mount’s annual Alumni and Family Weekend.

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Aug 22, 2017 11:25:04 AM

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Aug 17, 2017 8:38:19 PM

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Aug 8, 2017 1:03:46 AM

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In honor of Saint Dominic's Feast Day, we asked our sisters, associates, and fellow Dominican sisters in other congregations what they most love about being Dominican. We were shocked at the breadth of the answers! Here's what they said:

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Aug 7, 2017 6:58:00 PM

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This week, we gathered at Mariandale to celebrate Saint Dominic's Day. Below are the photos from our Mass and meal. To read what our sisters present had to say about their Dominican heritage, check out our page Here's Why We Love Being Dominican.

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May 13, 2017 2:20:09 PM

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From left: Srs. Juanita Morales, Philomena McCartney, Judy Brunell, Leona DeBoer, and Madeleine Tacy

 

It's that time of year again! Our twelve jubilarians this year are teachers, nurses, scultpors, tai chi chih instructors, and more. See a name you recognize? We have already profiled many sisters below! Click a sister’s name...

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Apr 22, 2017 6:17:27 PM

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Sister Marion Michael Beagen, OP

 

On a cloudy spring afternoon as she strolls through the Wartburg where she lives, Dominican Sister of Hope Marion Michael Beagen, OP points out blossoming trees and violet buds among the grass. For a Jersey-City native who spent most of her life in Newburgh, Sister Marion has an overwhelming...

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Apr 19, 2017 11:21:12 PM

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A scholar receives her award at the ceremony last night. Photo c/o Mount Saint Mary College

 

Last night, the first-ever Sister Agnes Boyle, OP Scholar Award was presented to student scholars at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, NY. The award is named in honor of Dominican Sister of Hope Agnes Boyle, OP for her...

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Apr 3, 2017 4:28:43 PM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Anne Stephen Hajducek, OP has been a Mets fan since around 1970 when her brother began following the team. She often watched games when she went home for visits from the convent; she's even visited Shea stadium three times! 

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Feb 6, 2017 5:00:00 PM

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 Sister Rosemarie (left) with her kindergarten class

 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Rosemarie Wdzieczkowski, OP began her first ministry of teaching first grade in New Jersey, she immediately knew that she loved teaching young students. 

 

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Dec 27, 2016 12:39:24 AM

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2016 was a dynamic year with no shortage of difficult news. However, it seemed that hope shone even brighter this year. As we wrap up this year and look to a new one, we thank you sincerely for reading our stories, supporting us, and sharing hope with us everyday. Here's to a 2017 of deeper spirituality, abundant...

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Dec 9, 2016 2:46:06 PM

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Dave Jolivet, Editor of  The Anchor, writes about the " great pleasure and honor" of knowing Sister Gertrude Gaudette, OP.

 

The familiar sight of Sister Gertrude Gaudette, OP, in wood-carving mode

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Nov 24, 2016 5:00:00 AM

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Sister Maria (left) and Sister Jorene (right) in 2014

 
On the morning of November 24th (Thanksgiving), Dominican Sister of Hope Jorene Cieciuch, OP was welcomed into eternal life.  As we give thanks for the gift of her years among us and the many ways she touched our lives so profoundly, we share this article from 2015...

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Nov 3, 2016 4:28:00 PM

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With great sadness we remember Sister Gertrude Gaudette, OP who died November 3, 2016 in Catholic Memorial Home, Fall River, MA.

Below is an article about her featured in The Anchor.

 

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Oct 5, 2016 8:00:00 AM

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Sister Joan Ruth Whittle

 

On September 25th, Sister Joan Ruth Whittle passed away. Below, we remember her for her years of teaching and for her most recent ministry volunteering as a school librarian.

 

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Aug 19, 2016 12:44:21 AM

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Sister Mary Ellen Wisner with her Lighthouse painting

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Aug 8, 2016 8:06:18 PM

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Saint Dominic's Day

 

Today is a great day of celebration. It is a dual celebration of our Holy Father Dominic and the 800th Jubilee Year of the proclamation from Honorius that declared the Order of Preachers official. 

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Jul 20, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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Facebook lists today as our 'birthday.' Here's what really happened on this day twenty-two years ago.

 

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Jun 21, 2016 5:50:56 PM

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Today, Sisters and staff gathered with the Westchester Land Trust to walk the land at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center. Together, the group walked the perimeter of approximately 30 acres that the sisters intend to put into a conservation easement. "We know we're not going to be here forever," Prioress Lorelle Elcock...

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Jun 16, 2016 4:00:00 AM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Lorraine Ferguson, OP has been a teacher and principal, but her true love is art. After becoming a certified art therapist, Sister changed lives through helping others embrace their creativity.

 

While we celebrate the arts during our artists' retreat this week at Mariandale Retreat and Conference...

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Jun 10, 2016 4:00:00 AM

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Today, Dominican Sister of Hope Janet Marchesani, OP is on her way to Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, MI for the 14th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities. Sister Janet was chosen to give a thirty-minute presentation called “The Preaching Continues,” which gives an overview of the past and present state...

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Jun 8, 2016 3:37:45 PM

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Sister Stephanie Frenette receives her award

 

The “Caring for Others” award bears no small name. Given annually by the WoodmenLife Chapter 462 based in Chazy, New York, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors recipients’ commitment to serving those who need them most. This year, Dominican Sister of Hope Stephanie Frenette...

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May 20, 2016 7:05:14 PM

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Last night, Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Alice Hannan, OP appeared on "Inside Amy Schumer" (no, this isn’t a joke). During the "Amy Goes Deep" segment, Amy Schumer asked Sister important questions about what it means to be a Catholic Sister. We are thrilled with the interview (#AmySchumerRocks), but we realize that the...

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May 3, 2016 10:03:00 AM

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There are few things our sisters love more than hearing from former students and walking down memory lane. If you were taught by a Dominican Sister of Hope, Newburgh, or Fall River/Saint Catherine of Siena, this Teacher Appreciation Day is the time to let us know! Below, we've featured some of our favorite comments and...

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Mar 11, 2016 6:13:00 PM

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As I interview each Dominican Sister of Hope, almost every one of my interviews has a recurring theme: sisters are shocked at where their lives lead after they decide to enter the convent. Some Catholic Sisters took awhile to respond to the call to religious life, others were sure that they wanted to be a sister since they...

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Mar 8, 2016 1:42:00 PM

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I Recognized the Mystery

"I went all through public school so I didn’t really know sisters at all. When I graduated from high school, I worked in the city at House Beautiful magazine for a few years. I dated and I had lots of fun. My mother, who was a very holy woman, used to encourage me to go to Monday night novenas. I went...

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Nov 1, 2015 10:00:00 PM

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We write a lot about teaching on this site. To celebrate back-to-school season this year, we posted a series of articles containing “tips and tricks” from Sister Maryann Ronneburger, who has a thirty-plus-year tenure as a principal and teacher. We love celebrating teachers year-round (many of our sisters were, or are,...

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Oct 28, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Sister Estelle with a student

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Oct 21, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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On a bright Saturday afternoon at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, a group of students threaded needles and meticulously cut out patterns. Their mission was unlikely enough: they were quilting. This past Saturday, students gathered alongside sisters, staff, and faculty to create a Jubilee quilt.

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Oct 15, 2015 11:17:00 AM

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Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Moorestown, New Jersey was named a 2015 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the United States Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education. Dominican Sister of Hope Rosemarie Wdzieczkowski, OP, who has taught at Our Lady of Good Counsel for the past nineteen...

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Sep 21, 2015 7:22:00 AM

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Sister Donna quilting at Mariandale

 

When Sister Donna Brunell began sewing in the convent, she had no idea it would turn into a lifelong passion. However, what began as a functional tool to create habits and then lay clothing soon blossomed into a hobby and then a ministry.

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Sep 14, 2015 1:42:00 PM

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After teaching for thirty-seven years, Dominican Sister of Hope Linda Rivers maintains one firm belief: everybody wants to learn. Below, she shares her advice for keeping her cool in the classroom and connecting with every student, even those who are hard to reach.

 

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Sep 9, 2015 8:30:00 AM

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The title seems too obvious: of course teachers respond to kids. In fact, that’s how they spend their days: responding to the qualms, questions, joys, tribulations, and cries of many kids.

 

However, when talking about her thirty-plus-year tenure as a principal and teacher, Dominican...

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Sep 2, 2015 12:06:00 AM

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It’s no secret that dealing with parents can be just as important for teachers as dealing with students. And sometimes, the parents can be harder to deal with (but you didn’t hear it from us!). Today, Dominican Sister of Hope and career teacher/Principal Maryann Ronneburger shares one way...

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Aug 26, 2015 6:14:00 AM

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Last week, we posted about the father who created banners to decorate Dominican Sister of Hope Maryann Ronneburger’s school.

 

Just as that father’s deed was an act of community service, Sister ensured that teachers and staff viewed their jobs as service, as well. Which got us...

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Aug 24, 2015 10:00:00 AM

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Sister Jean Lawrence Strack with her parents

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Aug 19, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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It’s likely that, as a teacher, you have student work on your walls in addition to at least one brightly-rimmed bulletin board.

 

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Aug 11, 2015 1:37:00 PM

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Sister Maryann Ronneburger (top right) with other Dominican Sisters of Hope
 

When were you born and where?

I’m the second oldest of six children. I was born on September 20, 1942. My mother and father at that time lived in Philadelphia– my mom was Irish and my dad was of German descent.

 

When I was about five years old,...

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Jul 31, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Sister Catherine with Guzman Hall in the background

When did you know you had a vocation?

I remember being at Seaside Park. I was sitting on the shore knowing that I was going to be a senior in high school, and I just said, “I am going to be a nun.” That’s it. I wanted to be like those women who were happy and smart, and...

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Jul 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Jun 22, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Connie Kelly, OP is a published poet who’s written over 250 poems and is currently working on publishing an anthology. Today, Sister Connie shares with us the history behind her creative genius, the inspiration behind her writing, and one of her favorite poems.

 

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Jun 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Sister Mary Elizabeth (left)

 During the annual crowning of Mary at Our Lady of Lourdes on Friday, May 15th, the students, current and former faculty, parents, and friends recognized and honored Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Elizabeth DeBoer for her unwavering devotion and loyalty to the children, both past and present,...

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May 14, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Julie Pintal

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May 12, 2015 7:42:00 AM

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Sister Anne Stephen Hajducek

 

How did you know you had a vocation?

 

Growing up, I always wanted to be a Sister. And if anybody says, “How come?” I can’t say how come. It was just something that I felt. But I never really thought it would materialize.

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May 7, 2015 1:25:00 PM

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Sister Linda Rivers

 

What was your first mission?

My first ministry was teaching. I taught for thirty-seven years. I taught third and fourth grade in Fall River, MA. Then I went to Plattsburgh, NY, and I taught first grade (I went from fourth grade to first grade; I thought I was going to go crazy!) But I loved it. They came...

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May 6, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Sister Bette Ann Jaster

“My mom fostered in me an interest in healthcare because she had been a Nurse’s Aide in a hospital. When I was fourteen, she suggested that I go to see the Dominican Sisters, who had taken care of my great grandmother at home before she died.

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Apr 28, 2015 3:30:00 PM

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“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.

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Apr 22, 2015 6:30:00 AM

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When Dominican Sister of Hope Jeanette Redmond, OP, entered the Dominican Sisters of Hope at twenty-one-years-old, she figured the congregation would make use of her skills as a secretary. She had already been a secretary for three years, and she liked it.

 

Yet, two days later, she was teaching.

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Apr 7, 2015 11:21:00 AM

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In celebration of the Easter season, we are continuing our Spirituality Wednesday series with writings from our sisters every Wednesday. However, because April is also National Poetry Month, we're highlighting our sister-poets this month, too!

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Apr 2, 2015 2:09:00 PM

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  Charles Epps and Betsy O'Neill perform in the Mariandale chapel

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Mar 25, 2015 12:00:00 AM

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Annunciation fresco by Dominican artist, Fra Angelico. Flickr: Jim Forest

 

Unthinkable

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Mar 20, 2015 11:02:00 AM

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Cristo Rey students and teachers at Mariandale
 

Last Wednesday, one hundred and three freshmen, and twenty-five of their peer mentors and faculty leaders, came to Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center from Cristo Rey New York High School to pray, reflect, and unite as one class.

 

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Mar 16, 2015 1:24:00 PM

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Everyday is St. Patrick’s Day at All Saints Academy in Parsippany, New Jersey. The principal of this pre-K-through-12 school, Judy Berg, credits Dominican Sister of Hope Bernadette Connor, OP, for this high-spirited state of affairs.

 

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Mar 3, 2015 7:00:00 AM

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Published author, photographer, and Dominican Sister of Hope Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, debuted her exhibition, Intimate Spirits: Photography and Poetry in Conversation at the Clare Gallery in Hartford, CT in January, but her reception at which she will discuss the event is this Thursday.

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Mar 2, 2015 2:00:00 AM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Jo-Ann Iannotti is a published author, photographer, teacher, and, now, the Art and Spirituality Coordinator at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, CT. After teaching for seventeen years, Sister worked as the Associate Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Hartford and a...

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Feb 25, 2015 2:00:00 AM

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A woman stands in the labyrinth at Wisdom House. Image by Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti
 

After the public display of Ash Wednesday, God moves among us unnoticed in everyday life. During this first week of Lent, we are reminded God takes up residence in the lives of the unassuming ones. And, as always, God visits them at...

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Feb 18, 2015 2:00:00 AM

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A woman stands in the labyrinth at Wisdom House. Image by Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti

 

Lent never seems to arrive on time.

 

Whenever we’re ready for it, it seems to come too late in the calendar year, and when it arrives early, it seems we’ve just put the Christmas decorations away.

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Feb 8, 2015 3:31:00 PM

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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...

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Feb 2, 2015 4:32:00 PM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Catherine Walsh, OP

 

For Dominican Sister of Hope and Mount Saint Mary College professor Sister Catherine Walsh, O.P., Ed.D., it took more than the luck of the Irish to be named to the Irish Education 100 list.

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Feb 1, 2015 1:30:00 PM

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Sister Mary Alice receives her honorary degree. Photo: Chris Taggart/Fordham University

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Nov 17, 2014 3:43:00 AM

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Ask artists what they love about the Artists’ Retreat at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, NY and you’ll get a common refrain: it’s an open, accepting environment.

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Nov 29, 2013 10:29:00 AM

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Lisa Wagner-Carollo always knew she wanted to be an actress. At five years old, she had her father repurpose an old television set so she could use it to act out scenes with marionette puppets. She used the set to put on plays for her neighbors in her backyard or in her basement. Her passion continued through high school when...

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Many of our sisters are currently retired and working in part-time ministries. However, we have a long history of teaching, nursing, and ministering throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. These stories catalogue our history of hope and our legacy of service —be sure to let us know if you spot a sister who served you years ago!


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