International Day of Education

By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager


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

Embracing Faith Through Ministry

“The mind of the prudent acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”

-Proverbs 18:15


Since 2019, the United Nations has recognized January 24th as International Day of Education, an annual observance that celebrates the role of education for peace and development. (1)


When it was first recognized, one of the goals of International Day of Education was to demonstrate the United Nations’ support of transformative actions for inclusive, equitable, and quality education for all. (1)


Since its founding and incorporation, the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, have always been deeply connected to education.


Presently, several Sisters of Saint Dominic minister in education.


Sisters Mary Eileen O’Brien, Kathleen Sullivan, Barbara McEneany, Bernadette Burke, and Diane Forrest minister at Dominican College, a Catholic institution founded by the congregation that promotes educational excellence, leadership, and service.


Along with these sisters, several others minister at Catholic and public schools, colleges, and universities.


Sr. Mary Theresa Dixon ministers at De la Salle Academy, while Sr. Grace Augustine Canevari ministers at St. Francis de Chantal School, and Sr. Arlene Flaherty ministers with the School Sisters of Notre Dame in justice and ecological education.


At the higher education level, Sr. Ceil Lavan ministers at the Metropolitan College of New York, whereas Sr. Kathleen McManus ministers at Fordham University.


It is also important to recognize those sisters who minister in pre-kindergarten education services.


Sr. Maggie McDermott ministers at Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center and Sr. Jean Graffweg ministers at House on the Hill.