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Staying Together While Being Apart

By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager

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

Embracing Faith Through Community

“Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit,

binding yourselves together with peace.” -Ephesians 4:3

Over the past few months, we have all become used to being “socially distant” from each other.

While businesses and schools have shifted from in-person to remote operations, religious organizations have had to dramatically pivot their activities and strategies to stay connected to their communities through technology.

A short time ago, the concept of watching Mass on a television or computer seemed trivial, and now, many of us have made it a part of our daily routine.

“These past few months have been challenging in many ways as we have responded to the COVID pause,” shared Sr. Mary Ann Collins, OP.

As a member of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt Leadership Team, Sr. Mary Ann and the other Councilors have stayed connected with Sisters and Associates throughout the past few months with frequent Zoom meetings, as well as phone calls.

“These connections have been well received throughout this time of being separated from one another.”

Sr. Mary Ann also shared the feedback of a Sister who recently remarked to her that, “It’s so good to see everyone and hear how each of us is doing during this unusual time.”

Along with frequent “Prayer and Catch-Up” Zoom sessions and meetings between Sisters and Staff, a positive aspect of this “new normal” has been the re-established connection and unity of the Associate members.

“Our Associates meet weekly on Zoom to support and encourage each other. The desire for connection is strong among us, and we are finding ways to stay in touch.”


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