Recent News from the Sisters of Saint Dominic

Our Congregation

The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York are a community of vowed women religious committed to bringing hope and mercy to people in need through various programs and advocacy. 

 

The Dominican motto "to praise, to bless, to preach" the Word in response to the sign of the times motivates our apostolic service. We are committed to living simply and responsibly in the pursuit of peace.



Learn about our mission.

As Dominican Sisters and Associates, we endeavor to proclaim the good news of the compassionate love of God for each person, with a special concern and presence for those who are poor and on the margins of society. We are committed to responding to the needs of the world, especially to the needs of the most vulnerable.

 

Our lives are centered on the four pillars of Dominican life: Prayer, Study, Community, and Preaching.

As a community of women vowed religious, we commit to living in a sustainable way to our mission, but are not afraid to claim our identities as promoters of justice and peace. Through our preaching, we speak truth to power, live justly, and serve as prophetic witnesses of the signs of the times. Through prayer and study, we engage in the contemplation needed to respond to God's call in mission. 

As Dominican Sisters and Associates, we believe that at Baptism we receive the Holy Spirit and have been called, as Mary was, to bring forth Jesus into the world in which we live. This belief challenges us to be a people involved in bringing about the new Creation, the Kingdom of God.

 

To respond effectively to this challenge, we must address the use and abuse of power in our world. Our commitment to truth calls us to understand the social, economic, political, religious, and cultural structures of our day. Our hope is that we, as individuals and as a community, will claim the power that is ours and will use that power to strengthen others until, at last, all of God’s creation is truly alive.

It is peace that will enable the liberation and development of all peoples suffering from the misuse of power, and peace that will prohibit the use of resources for destruction and domination. As citizens of the world, we are called to recommit ourselves to the pursuit of peace. We oppose the escalation of war and commit ourselves to efforts on behalf of world disarmament.

 

We are women of compassion, called to use our voices to help create a world in which the basic needs of all are met. We oppose unjust systems which cause and sustain poverty, hunger, and homelessness. As women of service, we are called to respond to the needs of the poor, particularly the homeless.

Our compassion is not weakness—as women made in the image and likeness of our God, we are called to proclaim our equality in God's creative design. We support those efforts that empower women to a fuller participation in the Church and society. We oppose those structures which deny human dignity and minimize the contributions of women.

 

 

 

Our Collaborative Endeavors

We recognize the need and relevance of Collaboration. As Sisters of Saint Dominic, we are engaged in activities and projects that bring together the resources, expertise, and values of various Congregations.

Marian Woods Adult Home (Hartsdale, New York) - Marian Woods is an elder care residential facility that attends to the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of the aging religious. Developed through a unique collaboration among five religious communities of women, Marian Woods is specifically designed to ensure the continued long-term care of our older sisters. The five communities involved are the Sisters of Mercy, the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, the Franciscan Sisters of Peace, and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.

Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC) - The OPSCC consists of six Dominican Congregations: Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, HOPE, Maryknoll, and Sparkill. Our Social Justice Promoters, Preaching Teams, and Communicators meet regularly.

 

Communion of Charisms: Our collaborative engagement with the Caldwell and Maryknoll congregations, calls us to transformative partnering toward wholeness and intentional communion of ideas, the companionship of empowerment, and intentional cultivation of partnering opportunities for the sake of mission and the well –being of our members.

 

Dominican Leadership Conference (DLC) - Our Congregational Leadership Team participates in the DLC, which includes 29 congregations of Sisters and four provinces of friars. The DLC is a networking organization for elected leaders of Dominican Congregations and Provinces in the United States that "unites and supports Dominican leaders committed to building relationships and collaborating in the mission of preaching the Gospel."

Dominican Sisters International (DSI) - We are among the 160 Congregations of Dominican Women in 116 countries worldwide. As part of DSI, we have partnered in ministry with the Dominican Sisters of Montebello, South Africa. 

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