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Embracing Faith Through Community: Catholic Sisters Week 2020 Preview

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager

This week’s “Embracing Faith” article will focus on Embracing Faith through Community.

Embracing Faith Through Community

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.” -Psalm 133:1

This Sunday will mark the beginning of Catholic Sisters Week, an annual celebration that takes place from March 8th – 14th and highlights Women Religious, as well as their accomplishments and influence on society.

During Catholic Sisters Week 2020, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York will host several events to celebrate their Religious Congregations and bring together Sisters, Associates, other Congregations, local students, and community members.

The Sisters’ annual Women’s Celtic Tea, a popular local event where attendees can enjoy Irish tea, food, entertainment, and preaching, will take place Sunday, March 8th.

The next day, Sisters and local high school students will participate in Ministry Service Day, an event where attendees will learn about Sr. Dorothy Maxwell’s ministry as a Chaplain at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility and assemble toiletry care packages for the women she serves at her ministry.

The Congregation, along with the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill will be formally recognized on Tuesday, March 10thby the Town of Orangetown and Supervisor Teresa Kenny with a Proclamation that deems March 8th – 14th as Catholic Sisters Week in Orangetown, as well as recognize both Congregations for their impact on society.

During the evening, several Sisters from Blauvelt will travel to Dominican Convent in Sparkill to participate in Days for Girls, an event where attendees will create and distribute sustainable hygiene kits to women and girls around the world who are in need and do not have access to these supplies.

The next morning, Sr. Barbara Werner, OP, will participate on behalf of the Congregation in a Facebook Live interview, “A Candid Conversation about Religious Life Today.” During the interview, Sr. Barbara and other participants will discuss their vocation journeys, ministry experiences, and advise young women considering entering Religious Life. The Facebook Live interview will begin at 9:30 AM EST and can be viewed on the Sisters Facebook page.

Both Congregations will gather again along with the local community on Friday, March 13th to participate in the “Praying for Wisdom and Peace… during this time of Crisis” Prayer Service at 1 PM in the Chapel of the Most Holy Rosary in Blauvelt, NY. During the Prayer Service, attendees will gather to participate in prayer and meditation.

Even though Catholic Sisters Week concludes on Saturday, March 14th, the Sisters' celebration will officially conclude Monday, March 16th, when they host their annual Prayer, Pizza, and Conversation event with Dominican College students. During the event, attendees will pray together, enjoy delicious food, and get to know each other better.

To learn more about these events, contact Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager of the Sisters of Saint Dominic at 845-359-7327 or


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