The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt and the Rockland Sierra Club are co-sponsoring a special event, "Water in Rockland County: Choices for a Sustainable Future" on Tuesday, May 3 at 7 PM at the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt Convent (496 Western Highway, Blauvelt, NY. Enter through the Lavelle Entrance and please note that parking will be available at the lot across from Dominican College on Western Highway.)
World Leaders Sign the Paris Agreement
“Our planet can not be saved unless we leave fossil fuels in the ground, where they belong.” -(U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon)
On April 22nd representatives of 175 nations came to the United Nations to sign the Paris Agreement into worldwide law. This was a record breaking one-day signing of a worldwide agreement.
This week's #AskASister Live Video Interview features Sister Joan Agro, OP.
First Reading- Acts of the Apostles 14:21-27 | Responsorial Psalm- 145
Second Reading- Revelations 21:1-5 | Gospel- John 13:31-35
We are called! We are called to proclaim the Good News, to strengthen one another and encourage each other to keep the faith in all the circumstances of our lives. This was the message that Paul and Barnabas brought to the Antioch community. The first reading today gives us a glimpse of the lives of the early Apostles. The responsibility they had not only in going about continuing the mission of Jesus but also relating their experiences, thus by example building up the church and drawing in new disciples. They attributed all they did to the grace of God active in their lives opening the doors for all peoples most especially the Gentiles. So the question facing us today is “do we strengthen and encourage one another to wholeheartedly welcome all into our circle of life and faith?” Are we not also called to consider the missionary aspect of our mission and share with others the good that God has done in us as we too open the doors of faith to all we encounter? In scripture this is called the Acts of the Apostles which invites us to become disciples with our own Acts in our life and times.
Yesterday was an exciting for our very own Sister Mary Doris, Sister Cecelia and the entire Siena House.
"My own personal goal is to help people help themselves and the way to do that is through education."
-Sister Margaret McDermott
For the past 38 years, Dominican Sister Margaret McDermott has been giving the gift of education to the Northwest Bronx community as Executive Director of the Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center.
Sister Margaret, known as Sister Maggie, has been the catalyst for growing the Tolentine Zeiser Community into 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, where the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt minister.
This week's #AskASister Live Video Interview features Sister Barbara Werner, OP.
Acts 13:14, 43-52/Ps 100: 1-2, 3, 5 / Rv 7:9, 14b-17/ Jn 10:27 -30
The image of the Good Shepherd is one that makes me scratch my head and wonder, “How I can be in touch with an image of Jesus that is so foreign to my life?” And then I remember, my cousins in Ireland are sheep ranchers and the image of my cousin walking slowly and gently toward an ewe that had gotten out of the field comes to mind.
I was walking the ranch with my cousin when he noticed the ewe in an unprotected field. He quickly went from telling jokes and humorous family stories to quiet, focused, and deliberate in his movements. “Stay here,” was the command. He began a soft song-like murmuring, clasped his hands behind his back, and walked slowly around the ewe until it could hear his murmuring and then he stood still and let the ewe come to him. The ewe went from alert to relaxed and as my cousin walked away the ewe went with him. It was an amazing dance of knowing and recognizing. It was a moment of quieting into stillness. It was a moment of connection that enabled the shepherd to easily lead, the ewe to willingly follow.
Dominican Sisters are committed to work on Climate Change
We, the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope and Sparkill believe that our present relationship with Earth and the resources provided by Earth are grievously imbalanced and harmful to the planet itself. The impact of human action stresses and overwhelms the self-sustaining, and self-correcting capacities of our environment, narrows bio-diversity, and threatens the capacity of Earth to support future generations.
We recognize that the reality of Global Climate Change negatively impacts the Community of Life in ways that go well beyond our understanding. We recognize that the negative impact on the human community is experienced more forcefully and comprehensively by persons who are living in poverty, living close to the land, and living in fragile ecological ecosystems.
We believe that we are called to protect the vitality, diversity, and uniqueness of Earth and the Community of Life sustained by Earth. This call compels us to act individually, communally, systemically on behalf of Earth, the Community of Life, and all future generations within this sacred community.
---Corporate Stance, April 2015
This week's #AskASister Live Video Interview features Sister Didi Madden, OP.