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10/21/17 4:14 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Connie Koch

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The Word of God is ever ancient and ever new!  I’m sometimes surprised and often consoled when reflecting on the daily and Sunday scriptures in the liturgical year to find that the Word of God seems to speak directly to our current life experiences.  Perhaps this is God’s way of getting our attention in a world cluttered...

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9/21/17 5:18 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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It feels like an International Day of Peace has never been more welcome. There's no shortage of bad news, devastation, and natural disasters in our world. And, while we have been fervently praying all along, we're taking this opportunity to direct our energy and prayers toward global peace. The truth is: we're yearning for...

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9/7/17 10:42 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Linda Lazarus

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This week’s Gospel from Matthew holds a valuable treasure for how to successfully deal with the conflicts, hurts, and separations we experience in our relationships. No one has escaped the pain, frustration, or anger of feeling we have been wronged by another’s words or actions.

 

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8/29/17 4:05 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts

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How is hope, for you, tied to activism and justice? How are we, as individuals, called to preach peace and hope right now?

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8/25/17 3:26 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

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After the events in Charlottesville, we asked the Dominican Sisters of Hope where they find hope in trying times. Sister Bette Ann Jaster answered in verse, which took us by surprise and delighted us altogether.

 

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8/3/17 4:40 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Eileen Gannon, OP

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I have thought of the Transfiguration as a gift of Jesus to Peter, James and John. Life had been pretty good for them thus far; miracles in abundance, attention was being paid to the poor, to the not-so-important. But life was going to get challenging and very difficult. They...

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7/26/17 12:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Monica Socinski

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The Gospel of Matthew for this Sunday is speaking of a treasure buried in the field, a pearl of great price, and a dragnet full of fish; all things hidden and mysterious; as is the Kingdom of God.

 

The mystery and inner quality of the interior life is a lifetime search for those who seek the spiritual life. Talking to God;...

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7/21/17 10:17 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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“Stop thinking about yourself and just observe. Allow yourself to feel at peace. Pay attention to your breathing. Start noticing things. Reflect on them.”

 

These instructions seem less like a prayer and more like a mantra. Yet, these are the keys to connecting with nature, at least according to master beekeeper and gardener...

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7/3/17 7:11 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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This Fourth of July, it's no secret that our nation and our world are fragmented. Yet, as we face a multitude of issues ranging from environmental harm to travel bans, July 4th is a time to also reflect on truth, nobility, justice, loveliness, purity, and excellence. After all, those elements do exist; they even stand as...

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6/20/17 7:26 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Catherine Walsh

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Image c/o Fr. Felix Hernandez, OP

 

The Church does not seem to want to give into ordinary time following Easter for what follows the end the Easter Sundays is the Ascension (celebrated on Sunday in some places), Pentecost and the feast of Corpus Christi. Now I know ordinary time refers to numbering, but for me it also refers...

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5/17/17 1:20 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti

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Photos by Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti

 

Every writer knows the power of active voice. The power of prose written in active voice carries life. It moves the action forward. It engenders engagement.

 

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4/27/17 6:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

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Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP is an ardent anti-fracking advocate, community gardener, and all-around proponent of protecting and preserving Earth. Highlights of her ministry have been co-founding EarthLinks, an environmental non-profit organization in Denver, and helping to change legislation to approve...

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4/26/17 12:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Connie Kelly

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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. For Sister Connie, poetry blends a creative and religious experience. She says that all of her written words are from God, that poetry “actually becomes part of prayer.”

 

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4/14/17 12:53 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Catherine Walsh

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In a recent New Yorker, Evan Osnos tells the story of Xu who, as a young person, followed Mao Zedong’s way of making China strong and eradicating injustice. He did so until the very ones he emulated imprisoned him. He escaped three times from the prison, only to be caught each time. Finally, he escaped to Mongolia. His...

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4/13/17 3:26 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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One of the Dominican Sisters with whom Sister Mary Alice stayed 

 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Alice Hannan, OP heard about a congregation of Dominican Sisters who devoted their lives to serving the homeless, she knew she wanted to meet them. There was just one caveat: the group was located in France, and they adhered...

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3/26/17 12:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Mary Schneiders

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In the forty one verses of today’s passage from John, there are thirty eight words and phrases referring to sight, or the lack thereof. The word "blind" is used thirteen times, and variations of wording that has to do with restoration of sight (e.g. seeing, and eyes being opened) occur sixteen times.

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3/1/17 11:22 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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Ask some Dominican Sisters of Hope what they’re giving up for Lent, and you might be surprised at their answers. Lent is traditionally a time of fasting, almsgiving, and penance; but it’s easy to lose the true meaning of these when we focus our attention on display or grandiose gestures.

 

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3/1/17 12:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Margaret Anderson

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Use this photo (taken at the NY Botanical Garden) to help you reflect on your worries. You might look at it each day and think about what you can do today to be in right relationship with all of creation.

 

Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself.  Is that the message of (last) Sunday’s Gospel? There was...

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2/15/17 3:01 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Debbie Blow

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“Choose life and make life as meaningful as you can, regardless of your present situation.”

 

Those were my opening words when I preached at Dannemora Maximum Security Prison at two services this weekend, standing in the sanctuary of the Church of St. Dismas and seeing a sea of prison green in the pews below. I prayed I’d be...

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2/11/17 4:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Neil Burke

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In the Book of Sirach, we hear God saying that he "sets before you fire and water to whichever you choose, stretch forth your hand."  In this case, choosing the water is following God's way. By stretching forth your hand into the fire, which is not our Lord's way, we not only refrain from God's way,...

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1/23/17 10:30 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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By this time in January, resolutions are already beginning to feel daunting. It's a relief, then, to not believe in resolutions but to instead embrace the notion that life is an ongoing work in progress. When we understand wellness as a lifestyle rather than a bulleted list of items to complete, we allow ourselves to see the...

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1/18/17 3:27 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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This post is the last in a series of articles on New Year's Resolutions. Before we continue: thank you for reading, sharing, and being an invaluable part of forming our online family this year. We are deeply grateful for your support. May 2017 be a year of greater happiness, good health, and bountiful blessings for you and...

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12/26/16 11:11 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Madeleine Tacy


 

The liturgical readings for the Christmas season are rich with imagery. They begin with Jesus’s genealogy, his connection with the Jewish people, and continuing with Joseph being reassured about Mary’s pregnancy, Jesus’s birth and the visit by the shepherds, and finally the fleeing into Egypt. Only when we come to Christmas...

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12/7/16 1:41 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Debbie Blow

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Advent is often touted as the Season of Waiting, but sometimes we forget exactly what waiting means because most of us live in an instant society. Many get what they want when they want, and truly have a minimal experience of waiting for anything.  

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11/24/16 1:01 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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Whether it's loved ones, talents, or even faith, there's always a reason to give thanks.

 

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11/20/16 12:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Bette Ann Jaster

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Photo c/o Felix Hernandez, OP

 

"Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart, and try to love the questions themselves, as if they were locked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given now, because you would not be able to live them. And the point is,...

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11/17/16 6:16 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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When Dominican Sister of Hope Veronica Miller entered the Dominican Sisters in 1959, she was just “trying it out.”

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11/3/16 9:01 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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In these days before the election, we need factual information and hearts for justice more than ever. Our downloadable guide,  Justice Matters: A Guide to Voting on Social Issues, focuses on just that.

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10/13/16 4:51 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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When talking to sisters, one unexpected topic occasionally arises: collecting. Whether it’s magazines, trinkets, or other items, some sisters are known to accumulate stuff.

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9/29/16 9:18 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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Look for “hope” in the news and you’ll get a series of articles about sports: teams hoping for wins, fans hoping for new management, colleges hoping for star players. And, while sports-related hope is certainly real, it begs the question of what we consider ‘hope’ to be, or if we consider it all. Hope is important, at least...

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9/1/16 5:07 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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When asked about the highlight of her years as a sister, Dominican Sister of Hope June Baker’s reply is immediate: she loved working as a chaplain. In 1980, after completing a Clinical Pastoral Education program, Sister June became a certified chaplain in the Pastoral Care Department at Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, NY. She...

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8/22/16 7:34 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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We're all getting older, but many of our sisters like to say we're "sage-ing," not aging. With the wisdom and freedom that going up in years brings, this mindset reminds us that the journey is meant to be lighthearted and joyful. Yes, we're older. But we're richer for the ride. 

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8/9/16 9:49 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Connie Kelly

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Sister Connie Kelly gave this homily on 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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8/7/16 12:34 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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Growing up, your sister can be your biggest critic, your best friend, and your worst rival all rolled into one. In addition to being granted a front-row seat to our less-than-perfect personal moments, sisters also get moments of laughter and heart-to-hearts.

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8/1/16 8:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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In honor of our twenty-first birthday as a congregation, we asked you to share your stories of hope with us. Whether it was a tale of hope coming through during a dark time or just poignant nuggets of where you find hope each day, we were touched by your responses. Below, we've shared just a few of them (for brevity's sake,...

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7/28/16 2:59 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Cynthia Bauer

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Compassion is a long, loving look at what is real. In this Year of Mercy, deemed as such by Pope Francis, Sister Cynthia Bauer points out that compassion is integral to mercy.

 

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7/25/16 2:05 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts

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In her recent article, Behold, the Body of Christ, SisterNancy Sylvester describes two images:  (1) a First Communion scene of happy 7- and 8-year-old girls and boys and (2) a TIME photo of 7- and 8-year-old girls and boys being used as Boko Haram suicide bombers (alongside their mothers, grandmothers and infant sisters...

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7/22/16 11:38 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Judy Brunell


 

"In the service of the Lord, work not half-heartedly but with conscientiousness and an eager spirit.  Be joyful in hope; persevere in hardship; keep praying regularly; share with any of God’s holy people who are in need; look for opportunities to be hospitable."

Romans 12:  11-13 

 

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7/6/16 3:20 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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We all have different ways that our spirituality has been nudged: Paula D’Arcy’s came quick. In 1975, Paula’s husband and daughter were killed in a drunken driving accident. She was twenty-seven years old and three months pregnant, yet she survived unharmed. Six months later she gave birth to her second daughter, Beth. In...

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6/23/16 2:16 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts

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“Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not see it?” Isaiah 43:19

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5/25/16 8:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto

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Dutch-born theologian Henri Nouwen said that we are all called to be mystics. A team of retreat coordinators at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, NY are helping people to discover that call.

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5/23/16 6:02 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts


Psalm 130   "I long for the Lord more than sentinels long for the dawn. "  Whenever I read the word sentinel or sentry, I imagine a geography of shadows in which a barely visible guard stands on what can only be called a battlement and watches the darkness for . . . what?  

 

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5/16/16 2:30 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Madeleine Tacy


I’m tired and I am especially sick and tired of life with its same old, same old routine 24/7. I want life to be exciting and full of interesting experiences. I want to be anywhere but here in the place with the people I work with or have a relationship with or even depend upon for help. In other words, I want to be special,...

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5/12/16 7:10 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


For years, Dominican Sister of Hope Anne Marie Bucher, OP has found inspiration in the Visitation scene in the Bible. There aren’t many details to it: Elizabeth was pregnant, Mary showed up, John the Baptist leapt in the womb. But, for Sister Anne Marie, envisioning the scene invigorates her.

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5/12/16 1:29 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


When Dominican Sister of Hope Eileen Hollen, OP first meets patients, she is in her hospital office. She is an Adult Health Nurse Practitioner at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and she works specifically with patients who have HIV.

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5/1/16 9:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Connie Koch


 

Have you ever been surprised by receiving a gift that you didn’t expect? Or do you have a childhood memory of receiving a long-awaited gift…like a puppy?! (I didn’t get a puppy ~ I got a parakeet – we lived in an apartment!)

 

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4/29/16 10:00 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Cynthia Bauer


 

Saint Catherine of Siena

 

Saint Catherine of Siena wrote no autobiography. Yet, there are clearly autobiographical passages scattered throughout her works. I believe that Catherine’s model of spirituality cannot become our own unless we have gone through our own conversion process in life. This call to follow Catherine in...

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4/27/16 11:01 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Jeanette Redmond, OP, has been a secretary for a collective twenty-three years. It doesn't take long to realize that she loves her job (and is good at it!).

 

Below, Sister Jeanette shares tips for being your best professional self, regardless of what your job is.

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4/27/16 9:30 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Catherine Walsh


 

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As spring arrives each year, I always reflect on this picture of a robin’s nest I took a few years ago.The nest was in a small tree on the side of our deck. From the deck, I got a wonderful view of the nest. I love that the robins had found some blue string to weave into the nest.Quite an eye...

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4/25/16 5:23 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts


Church was . . .

 

In my childhood memories, “church” was identified by difference; if you belonged to this one, you didn’t belong to that one. There was something wrong about that one. Many years later, I learned that a church is not so much a building as a group of people, but the same distinction...

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4/13/16 3:28 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


Sister Grace with a group of students in Puerto Rico

Dominican Sister of Hope Grace Ball, OP, spent twenty-nine years living in Puerto Rico, where she taught English and cared for the community at large. Now retired in the U.S., Sister Grace shares insights on living abroad for any period of time.

 

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4/1/16 4:23 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


Being a Catholic Sister means being called to ministry and spirituality, but it also involves living in community. In the case of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, being a member of the congregation means participating in decision-making processes that keep the 160-plus-member congregation afloat.

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3/26/16 8:44 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Beth McCormick


As we rejoice in the risen Lord, all of us Dominican Sisters of Hope wish you and yours Easter blessings. Thank you for reading and allowing us to accompany you through your Lenten, and now Easter!, journey. May the joy of the resurrection dwell in and through you bringing with it new life.

 

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3/18/16 5:51 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts


 

Lately I’ve become really interested in computer jigsaw puzzles – all the random tiles of shapes and colors that crowd the laptop screen before eventually revealing the mosaic! It’s satisfying to solve the mystery.

 

“Solve?”Not really.

 

I actually have nothing whatsoever to do with creating the picture. Each piece...

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3/9/16 10:47 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

 

In her prologue to At Home in Wisdom’s Tent, Donna Markham, OP states, “We desperately need dialogue – not more discussion! Dialogue describes the kind of conversation which builds a synergistic, new, and better understanding of an issue. Discussion describes the kind of conversation which presents...

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3/4/16 4:39 AM

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.

 

She chose to serve at the ministry in between teaching history classes at...

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2/24/16 10:53 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Catherine Walsh


 

We have begun the journey of reconciliation and conversion, Lent. This season of the church year is about repenting for our personal faults and sinfulness. It is about self-analysis and conversion. What do I (you) need to change?

 

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2/23/16 10:40 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

 

Dominican Sister of Hope Sylvia Bielen, OP often finds herself reflecting. Living independently at ninety years old, she has embraced a few important lessons: she treasures the advice of people her age and older. She relishes memories of her grandmother’s fresh baked bread, or of the lush American Sycamore trees that...

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2/16/16 5:24 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

In her address to the Dominican Symposium in 2007 held in Adrian Michigan, Ann Willits quoted Jamie Phelps, OP, who said “though it is common to speak of our living today in a global reality, all too often we do so with 'eyes that see but not see and ears that hear but not hear.'¹ Many of us are inattentive to the life...

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2/15/16 10:13 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


Mary Jane Miller will lead an Iconography retreat at Mariandale this April. Above is Mary Jane painting an icon.

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2/9/16 8:18 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

Today, we bear ashes on our foreheads, given with the whisper, "You are dust, and to dust you shall return."

 

On Ash Wednesday, the message of ashes is more pertinent than ever.

Ashes are more than an Ash-Wednesday sign of our Christianity and our belief in a God who promises us Eternal Life. They are also about reminding...

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2/1/16 5:12 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

At 11 a.m. Eastern U.S. time today, James Twyman will lead the world in ten minutes of peace-making meditation. A self-proclaimed "peace troubadour," James will pray in Syria while overlooking the villages held by both ISIL and Hezbollah. He will be joined by religious leaders representing Islam, Judaism, and Christianity.

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1/27/16 11:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

Thomas Aquinas was born in Italy in 1225 (only four years after Saint Dominic’s death). In 1244, he entered the Dominicans, and, in 1245, he moved to Paris (and later to Naples, Rome, and Cologne) to study, teach, and write.

 

Written toward the end of his life, Thomas Aquinas’s most noted work is the Summa Theologica, in...

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1/14/16 12:27 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

1. Your Skills and Talents

Different from a day job, skills and talents are the passions that drive us, and the things that bring us fulfillment. These are things that money can’t buy, and that change our lives when they present themselves.

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12/28/15 8:48 PM

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This post is the second in a series of articles highlighting the link between creativity and spirituality. The text below was written by Dominican Sister of Hope Donna Brunell.

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12/27/15 11:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

This post is the first in a series of articles highlighting the link between creativity and spirituality. Below, Sister Donna Brunell shares how being creative transformed her spiritual life and helped her in a new career.

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12/24/15 7:21 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Marianne Watts


 

Radicalized.The word is everywhere.It’s the explanation we use when ISIL members kill innocent people. It’s the reason, we say, why young Americans are pledging their lives to those who hate us and who want to destroy us.We need an explanation, don’t we, to avoid accepting the unacceptable: that terror and destruction have...

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12/22/15 10:19 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

This Christmas, many of us will welcome family and enjoy a meal together. This is common during the holidays, but the tradition rarely becomes a pattern for the rest of our lives. For Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, however, hospitality was far more than a nice gesture.

 

The element of...

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12/20/15 11:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Philomena McCartney


 

 

In the Gospel, we hear John the Baptist answer the crowd begging him to help them understand how to prepare for the one “who will bring a powerful Spirit and a burning fire.” What should we do? Share one of your two cloaks; share your food; do not take from others more than you should; do not...

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12/19/15 11:00 PM

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Sr. Jo-Ann Iannotti preaches at the Wartburg in Mount Vernon, December 2015

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12/17/15 11:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Linda Rivers, OP entered the convent, her allowance was $0. Eventually, she was given a budget, but it was measly, to say the least. The allowance meant for personal items wasn’t nearly enough to purchase Christmas gifts. So, Sister Linda got crafty. Although she concedes that she’s far from...

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12/15/15 11:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

After living together for forty-five years, the five Dominican Sisters of Hope in the Guzman Community have often turned to each other for gift suggestions. Sometimes, they give ornaments, books, or even donations to their favorite charities (theirs is the local pound) to their loved ones for Christmas.

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12/14/15 11:00 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Madeleine Tacy


 

As we enter the third week of Advent, the prayer invites us to rejoice, a strange request as Advent is a time of reflection, remembering, and getting ready. We reflect on our life to discover what is present or missing on our spiritual journey. We remember God’s coming in the past and look forward to God’s return at the end...

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12/14/15 10:51 AM

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Common life is about the willingness to share our lives with one another. God is not found in isolation. The journey we are on is not meant to be walked alone. For Dominicans, the communal dimension of our religious life challenges to us to be of “one mind and one heart in God.”

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12/9/15 9:41 AM

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We already know that, for Dominicans, study is paramount. Saint Dominic himself believed that study was an essential part of the Holy Preaching. In the thirteenth century, this inclination towards study was no small feat: most clergy at the time were uneducated. Saint Dominic sent the friars out to the great universities to...

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12/8/15 7:04 AM

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The Immaculate Conception actually celebrates the conception of Mary, not Jesus

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12/5/15 8:57 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Sister Jo-Ann Iannotti


 

 

The angel was frightened by this assignment more than any he had he up to this point in eternity.

 

In fact, it made the other assignments seem like child's play.

 

At times, he wished he could be like the other angels – you know – come in with a flare, dazzle them with the message and leave...

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11/26/15 6:37 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

 

 

In The Nine Ways of Prayer, Simon Tugwell, OP offers us a glimpse of St. Dominic. A prayerful man, Dominic often prayed through gestures most often while lying prostrate before God. ‘His heart,’ we are told, ‘would be pricked with compunction, and he would blush at himself and say, sometimes loudly enough for it actually...

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11/15/15 8:29 PM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Janice Dionne, OP was discerning becoming a Dominican Sister, she didn’t jump right in. Her older biological sister was a Dominican Sister of Newburgh (now Dominican Sisters of Hope), and her four brothers were fighting overseas in World War Two.

 

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11/13/15 5:27 AM

0 Comments / Posted by Gina Ciliberto


 

For Dominican Sister of Hope Connie Kelly, OP, living intentionally, communally, and kindly are all connected. Although she grew up in a big family that had quiet dinners (“There was a rule that, at the dinner table, you didn’t speak unless you were called on,” Sister Connie shares), Sister Connie now deeply values sharing.

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11/9/15 4:29 AM

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Sister Catherine Walsh preaching at a later mass on November 7, 2015

 

On November 1st, the Dominican Sisters of Hope joined with friends, families, co-creators, and loved ones to celebrate the lives of the departed Dominican Sisters of Hope. The memorial liturgy was held at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center; Sister...

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11/5/15 6:48 AM

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Remember the municipal employee—Kim Davis—who refused to issue marriage licenses because of her rejection of same-sex applicants? The one who announced that Pope Francis had told her to “stay strong,” even as she went to jail for her beliefs?

 

A Vatican spokesman subsequently explained that Mrs. Davis did not have an...

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10/26/15 12:00 AM

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On Friday, we published a story about Mary’s Place by the Sea, a non-profit respite home for women who are receiving treatment for all forms of cancer. On any given day, Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Anthony Schmittauer, OP can be found at Mary’s Place folding linens, talking with visitors, and praying aloud with the women...

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10/23/15 11:57 AM

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Sister Mary Anthony Schmittauer (center) blows bubbles

 

There are a number of ways that Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Anthony Schmittauer, OP might pass an afternoon. She might help a neighbor in her building in Asbury Park, New Jersey. She might bike around Asbury Park, pedaling near the ocean through the salt breeze. Or...

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10/12/15 12:00 AM

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Sister Janet Marchesani (left) speaking American Sign Language

When Dominican Sister of Hope Janet Marchesani was a young girl in southern New Jersey, she dreamed that she would grow up to be a ballerina.

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10/9/15 10:01 AM

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“Before the scriptures were written, people already knew that there was something sacred about the trees, and about the weather, and about the stones,” said Sister Bette Ann Jaster, a Dominican Sister of Hope. “Nowadays, though, we have so many interruptions that it’s hard to pay attention, to stay awake to the beauty...

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10/2/15 10:00 AM

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The world is busy. Long to-do lists, endless extracurricular activities, and plenty of prime-time television abound. And yet, when there's much to do, value still abides in zipping our lips and just being for awhile. Or so says Janet Corso, a Spiritual Director at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center and a Dominican...

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9/23/15 12:00 AM

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Flickr: Eric Chan

 

Sister Mary Ann Cirillo in OK

 

We’ve all been in the unfortunate situation of having to deal with the mountain of grief that accompanies death. Whether it's saying goodbye to a loved one or accompanying another through his/her last days, the end of life is often challenging and filled with a range of...

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9/17/15 1:59 PM

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Sister Mary Headley shares an image of Pope Francis on her phone. "The expressions on his face were so beautiful," she says.

 

When Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Headley, OP begins talking about Pope Francis, her eyes light up. It isn't long before she's scrolling through her phone's camera roll to share some photos of the...

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9/16/15 1:41 PM

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Anyone who's lived with a roommate knows that communal living can be tough. It's no different for vowed religious.

 

However, some groups manage to make community work and even find it fruitful: one group of Dominican Sisters of Hope has shared a living space --along with a common sense of mission,...

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8/27/15 2:14 PM

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The Guzman Community at their kitchen table: (from top left) Sisters Barbara Hamilton, Catherine Walsh, Janice Dionne, (bottom left) Agnes Boyle, and Frances Irene Fair

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8/20/15 12:47 PM

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Flickr: Bruno Caimi

 

If you watched 60 Minutes recently, you might have seen the segment on TED, (Technology, Entertainment and Design) which many know as a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of thought-provoking talks.

 

Brené Brown, for example, said some pretty interesting things about...

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8/8/15 10:00 AM

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A statue and mosaic of St. Dominic

 

The short answer is: O.P. stands for the 

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8/7/15 1:04 PM

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Saint Paul de Vence, France

 

We had been in France for a week, and I didn't have any huge realizations about life, just a few very simple ones, a few smoothed shells plucked from the shore of the sea.

 

We climbed up to the town Saint Paul de Vence all of us in a minivan; the full-size van was too wide and too long to make...

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8/6/15 7:26 AM

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We told the story of the Croix du Sicaire in our first post of this Dominican Faith Series. We told it then because it’s inextricable from who Saint Dominic was and who Dominicans are today.

 

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8/4/15 1:51 PM

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Day Four began with the themes of the previous day: considering truth, how to find it, and how to carry our hearts along in the process.

 

The convent in Prouille

 

"As Dominicans, we're asked to get to reality," Sister Mary O'Driscoll, OP reminded us the day before. "We want the truth to come out."

 

But, what does...

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8/3/15 12:00 AM

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The road toward Montségur (pictured) with the remains of the castle ontop

 

Day three of the Fanjeaux retreat found us staring at a mountain, contemplating truth.

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7/30/15 12:00 AM

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Sister Mary Alice graduates from Fordham University with an Honorary Doctorate
 

Dominican Sister of Hope Mary Alice Hannan’s vocation began when she was around ten years old. Her father had died, she was ill, her mother was soon to be remarried, and the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh were helpful with all of it. They...

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7/28/15 12:51 PM

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Our pilgrimage started in Fanjeaux, Southern France. We stayed at a guesthouse, Le Belvedere, where I had a panoramic view of Fanjeaux from my room.

 

As I looked out and to the left of my balcony, I actually felt I could see Dominic walking up that street with his shoes in his hand coming toward Le Belvedere.

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7/23/15 11:16 AM

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Twice a year—winter and summer—our Asbury Tower chorus performs a concert. The attendance is usually respectable, with only a few chairs left empty, and the applause isn’t deafening but it’s friendly.

 

This year was different. From the dress rehearsal on, word-of-mouth was in high gear and, as 2:00...

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7/21/15 11:23 AM

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It didn’t take very long for the focus of the Fanjeaux Pilgrimage to shift from Saint Dominic to Saint Thomas Aquinas. By the second day of the pilgrimage, the twenty-three of us found ourselves visiting Saint Thomas Aquinas’s tomb and discussing his life at length.

 

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7/17/15 12:00 AM

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Sister Connie Koch, third from left, with a church book club
 

Dominican Sister of Hope Connie Koch, OP has been working in parish ministry for sixteen years. During this time, she has done everything from facilitating youth ministry with West Point cadets to directing local Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (a...

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7/14/15 1:11 PM

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The fields of Fanjeaux

 

The spot where assassins waited to kill Saint Dominic, but decided not to because he was too joyful

 

Saint Dominic is often called “the joyful friar.” That message became clear as twenty-three of us traversed through France over a two-week period, tracing the footsteps that Saint Dominic laid on the land over eight...

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7/6/15 1:41 PM

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Sister Mary Regis Nuva, now deceased

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6/29/15 12:00 AM

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The labyrinth at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center

 

Dutch-born theologian Henri Nouwen said that we are all called to be mystics. But, in a busy world with long to-do lists and lots of good HBO shows to fill our spare time, what is the value in zipping our lips and just being? Our in-house Spiritual Director and...

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6/24/15 2:57 PM

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“In our call as Christians, as Catholics, as people, we should be able to help one another without being asked to do it,” says Sister Connie Kelly, a Dominican Sister of Hope.

 

She’s not all talk. Sister Connie was the Campus Minister and Director of Service at Mount Saint Michael...

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6/23/15 9:30 PM

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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.

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6/17/15 12:00 AM

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Sister Nancy Erts and co-creators take a prayer walk on Mariandale's grounds

 

 

Sister Nancy leads a prayer service at Mariandale

 

Retreats with Sister Nancy Erts consist of much more than Christian prayers. A Dominican Sister of Hope and retreat leader at the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining,...

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6/10/15 12:00 AM

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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.

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6/8/15 1:00 AM

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Neil with Sister Jorene Cieciuch (left) and Sister Connie Koch (right)

 

My path to becoming an Associate has been a long and winding road.

 

After graduating high school in June 2007, I briefly attended courses at a community college but soon realized that was not the path I was to follow. (I have Cerebral Palsy, which...

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5/20/15 12:00 AM

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It sounds easy enough. Name what you need. Claim it for yourself. However, when there’s an issue that you have to bring up to your boss, or when there’s a consideration you’d like to discuss with your roommates, speaking up can be hard.

 

Sister Connie Kelly, a Dominican Sister of Hope, says that...

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5/19/15 1:30 PM

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Sister Mary Aquin McDonald in October 2014

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5/13/15 12:00 AM

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Dominican Sister of Hope Barbara Anderson doesn't exude severity. In her small apartment, she is happy to show off her cat, her fish, her birds, her mother's hand-painted artwork. She wears her hair in a neat braid and, every so often, she flashes a sheepish smile. It seems that the last thing she might bring up is death,...

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4/30/15 3:00 PM

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On May 9, Mary DeTurris Poust brings her "Broken, Beautiful, and Beloved" retreat to Mariandale

 

When Mary DeTurris Poust wrote a blog post about being “broken, beautiful, and beloved,” the content was deeply personal. A Catholic writer since 1984, Mary had been the managing editor of Catholic New York (she’s still a...

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4/29/15 4:58 PM

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On a recent Sunday, the Gospel reading picked up right after two disciples returned to Jerusalem to tell an amazing story. The trip they had taken on the road to Emmaus had more precisely been on the road to a revelation, one that would change not only their lives but their perception of...

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4/19/15 2:32 PM

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Photo courtesy of Dominican Sister of Hope Catherine Walsh, OP

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4/15/15 12:00 AM

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There is a story about a former First Lady visiting Grandma’s House, a home that supports and houses babies and young children infected with the HIV virus – innocent victims. The First Lady played ball and gave hugs to all the children. This visit was meant to help to dispel ignorance and prejudice...

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4/5/15 12:00 AM

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It was Easter morning and the church was packed! People seemed somewhat relieved as I gathered those children who had not yet made their First Holy Communion for the dismissal rite. We disappeared into the hall below the church to enter into the Easter Gospel.

 

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4/4/15 12:00 AM

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Holy Saturday

A no-thing day.

No table, no cross, no empty tomb.

Just darkness.

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4/1/15 12:00 AM

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Our palms from last Sunday are now behind us, a foreshadowing of the whisper we will hear once again next year, "You are dust, and to dust you shall return."

 

However, during Holy Week, the message of ashes is more pertinent than ever.

 

Ashes are more than an Ash-Wednesday sign of our...

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3/31/15 4:56 PM

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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...

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3/26/15 12:00 AM

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Sister Philomena stands with students at Visitation Academy

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3/4/15 10:25 AM

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When we were in grammar school, no one would have called us well-behaved, especially during Stations of the Cross on Friday afternoons in Lent. But we were quiet as we timed the priest from station to station and silently cheered him on if he seemed to be speeding up. We meant no disrespect,...

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2/27/15 10:16 AM

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 In her office dotted with wooden sculptures and Earth posters, Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster pores over a long, hand-written list of “beautiful solutions” sitting on her lap. These solutions, she enthusiastically explains, are intended to address climate change through various means; the list includes complex...

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2/2/15 2:00 PM

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Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center and the Dominican Sisters of Hope are happy to host preacher, poet, writer and lecturer, Ann Willits, OP as she presents What Does God Expect of Us? What God expects does not always match what we want. This day of reflection will offer us time to pause and consider what God wants us to...

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2/1/15 4:42 PM

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A recent New York Times review of The Good Spy told the story of Robert Ames, a CIA operative who died 30 years ago. Much of Ames’ career was spent in the Middle East, including Lebanon, where “he grew close to Ali Hassan Salameh . . . , a member of the inner circle around Yassir Arafat. Ames treated him as a friend and source...

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12/1/14 4:44 PM

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It’s been a long time since we focused on Asbury Tower and those who live here. In this issue of Changes, it seems appropriate to talk about a few changes in our Tower lives.

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11/18/14 4:07 PM

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By S. Marianne Watts, OP "Changes"

 

We had our Veterans’ Day celebration recently and I was aware of my mixed feelings toward such memorials.  Or the reason for them.  There is no question that those who fought in our wars ought to be praised and thanked for their bravery and their sacrifice.

 

But the essential element is war,...

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9/28/14 4:07 PM

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by S. Marianne Watts, OP "Changes"

 

When I was very young, I thought I would like to be a spy when I grew up. It would be like playing a hide-in-the-dark game with the neighborhood gang. I would find myself a place where no one could see me, but I would know where the others were. It would be fun.

During that time of my...

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8/6/14 4:10 PM

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By Sister Marianne Watts, OP “CHANGES”

As he was researching his book, Mercy, Cardinal Walter Kasper (“the Pope’s theologian”) made a surprising discovery in the Church’s dogmatic literature: the trivialization of mercy. In a section of his book named “Mercy: Criminally Neglected,” the Cardinal speaks of his efforts to present...

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7/4/14 10:42 AM

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By Sister Marianne Watts, OP “CHANGES”

 

From a recent NCR article: “Catholic social teaching is unfortunately the church’s best-kept secret . . . Because it directly addresses the world’s most pressing social justice and peace issues, Catholic social teaching . . . needs to come out of hiding and be discovered, read, preached,...

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5/11/14 4:20 PM

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By Sister Marianne watts, CHANGES

 

Words come in and out of fashion: An ambiguous phrase that is quite prevalent now is “my truth.” How does my truth rank when compared to “the truth” or is there any such thing anymore?

 

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4/4/14 4:31 PM

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By Sister Marianne Watts, CHANGES

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3/1/14 4:13 PM

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By Sister Marianne Watts, CHANGES

 

February 15-16 was one of those weekends when not much seemed to happen until you looked back at it.

First of all, we held our Dominican Sisters of Hope Chapter conversation in the community room here on Saturday, the15th. Its flavor was distinctively Asbury Tower-ish: 28 residents signed up...

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2/4/14 4:34 PM

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by Sister Marianne Watts, OP “CHANGES”

 

The last Changes article mentioned Hope as the language spoken by certain holy people to bring Gospel love and compassion to our wilderness world. Hope also needs to be spoken in very small worlds, including those inhabited by Dominican Sisters of Hope. Our world, of course, is Asbury...

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11/19/13 4:37 PM

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by Sister Marianne Watts, OP “CHANGES”

 

The other day someone mentioned that his blood pressure had risen unexpectedly days after hestopped eating salt. About five people gave him an explanation for it. He hadn’t asked for explanations and none of these people had any medical expertise, but they all gave him answers. . . “maybe...

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11/18/13 4:36 PM

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by Sister Marianne Watts, OP “CHANGES”

 

We hear often of transformation and change, yet our world seems to be mired in a state of permanent war and our legislators—many of them—trapped in a manic refusal to move away from the status quo or to listen to the voices in our wilderness. But then, there is Hope.

 

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