Ministry is at the heart of our vocation as Dominican Sisters and Associates.
Today, professed Sisters and Associates minister in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Florida and Oregon. We are actively involved in education at all levels including colleges, secondary and elementary schools, and special education programs for the multi-handicapped. Our ministries include social service programs for the developmentally disabled, services for children in foster care (including adoption services), programs for migrant children, shelters for homeless adults and children, housing services for persons with HIV/AIDS, programs for the mentally ill and chemically addicted, and health care services for the poor. We also minister in community outreach programs that provide advocacy, ESL, literacy, and job training. We are active in social justice activities, catechetical programs, retreat work, pastoral work in parishes, prisons and hospitals, and prayer ministry, as well as many Congregational services.
Over the years, our Sisters and Associates have generously and graciously responded to the needs of the Church in a changing world.
Our Ministry Sites include:
Many of our Sisters minister in Blauvelt at St. Dominic's Convent. While Sisters Michaela, Mary Ann, Mary, and Ellenrita make up the Leadership Team, Sisters Joan, Sonia, Margaret, Noreen, and Geraldine, all minister for the congregation.
Dominican College is an institution of higher learning, Catholic in origin and heritage, that was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, where Sisters Bernadette, Barbara, Kathleen, Mary Eileen, and Ursula minister. The aim of Dominican College is to promote educational excellence, leadership and service in an environment characterized by respect for the community and its needs. To learn more about Dominican College, visit their website.
The House on the Hill Migrant Child Care Center in Goshen, New York is a day care for children of migrant workers, where Sisters Jean and Mary Caritas currently minister. The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, along with Dominican College students, the NYS Department of Agriculture and Market and volunteers opened this center in 1972. The House on the Hill is a part of the network of Agri-Business Child Development centers. To learn more about the House on the Hill, visit their website.
Many of our Sisters minster at the Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center, which is the umbrella organization for Day Care, Universal Pre-Kindergarten, Siena House, St. Rita’s Immigration Center, Paradise Transitional Housing, Susan’s Place and the Sammon Build Center. Sister Margaret McDermott is the Executive Director of the Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center. To learn more, visit their website.
The Day Care and the Universal Pre-Kindergarten of the Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center has been substantial for the Bronx community due to the increasing costs of child care. Sister Margaret and Patsy both minister at the school, where children are provided with an early childhood curriculum which includes language development, basic reading and mathematics skills, along with breakfast, hot lunch and snack during the day.
Recognizing the needs of many homeless single mothers and children, Siena House, where Sisters Mary Doris, Lauria, Cecelia, Maureen and Ann minister, was founded in 1990. Siena House is a temporary residence for homeless pregnant women and women with children under 3 years old who are searching for suitable and affordable housing. To learn more about the Siena House, visit their website.
Our other Ministry sites are:
Annunciation/OL Fatima Church - Sister Catherine
Archdiocese of NY - Sister Alice
Catapult Learning - Sister James Patrick
Catechetics, Assumption Parish - Sister Dominic Marie
Christ the King School - Sister Evelyn
Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center - Sister Mary Theresa
De la Salle Academy - Sister Mary Theresa
Dominican Sisters Family Health Service - Sister Jo-Anne
Downeyside Development - Sister Liz
Dwelling Place - Sister Patricia
Emmaus House - Sister Ruth
Empowerment Center - Sister Ellenrita
Felix Festa Middle School - Sister Theresa
Friends of St. Dominic - Sister Margaret
Prayerful Art Center - Sister James Bridget
OPSCC - Sister Didi
Holy Cross School - Sister Joan Marie
Hudson Valley Catholic Deaf Center - Sister Barbara Anne
Incarnation Church - Sister Monica Paul
Marymount Convent - Sister Carol
Metropolitan College of NY - Sister Ceil
RENEW International - Sister Terry
School Sisters of Notre Dame - Sister Arlene
St. Anthony School - Sister Patricia
St. Augustine Parish - Sister Dorothy
St. Charles Parish - Sister Jeanine
St. Dominic's Home - Sister Joan
St. Gabriel Parish/Margaret of Cortona - Sister Amadeus
St. John the Baptist Parish - Sister Mary
St. Luke's School - Sisters Grace Augustine and Ann
St. Nicholas of Tolentine Convent - Sister Bernadette Marie
St. Pius V Parish & School, RI - Sister Shirley
St. Raymond Academy -Sisters Diane and Gertrude
University of Portland - Sister Kathleen
Yale University - Sister Jenn
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