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A Catholic Sisters Week Reflection

By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager

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

Embracing Faith Through Community

“For I know the plans I have you, declares God, plans for welfare and not for evil,

to give you a future and a hope.” -Jeremiah 29:11

March 14th marks the end of another Catholic Sisters Week celebration.

Since March 8th, Women Religious worldwide have been highlighted in the news, social media, and their local communities for Catholic Sisters Week.

For the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, Sisters Mary Flood, and Mary Ann Collins were recognized by the Town of Orangetown with proclamations for Catholic Sisters Week and Women’s History Month at the most recent Town Board meeting.

Sisters Mary Ann Collins and Mary Flood
Sisters Mary Ann Collins and Mary Flood

The congregation was also honored by Rockland County Legislator James Foley with a proclamation for Catholic Sisters Week.

A highlight of Catholic Sisters Week was the recording of a special episode of the Hearts Afire Podcast featuring Sr. Terry Rickard and Sisters Jeanne Shary and Jeannine DeClue of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.

Another notable moment came from Sr. Jenn Schaaf, when she reflected on Catholic Sisters Week during Mass at her ministry at St. Thomas More, The Catholic Chapel & Center at Yale University.

During the Mass, Sr. Jenn reflected, “52 weeks a year, Women Religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope, and more, but for one week, March 8 – 14, we shine the spotlight on Women Religious.”

Throughout her reflection, Sr. Jenn highlighted other Women Religious who ministered at St. Thomas More and added, “How will your decisions today impact the local and global communities in which we are a part of? What does it look like to pray for God to bless the work you do and to be a blessing for the whole earth?”

To watch her entire Catholic Sisters Week reflection, click here or on the video below.


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