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Embracing Faith Through Reflection: Global Climate Strike

By Katie Beckmann, Communications Manager


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

On Friday, September 20th, people of all ages participated in the Global Climate Strike.

Millions across the world came together to demand action to be taken to address the climate crisis.


Many of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, participated in Climate Strike demonstrations in the tri-state area.


Sisters Ceil Lavan, Pat Langton, and Cely Byrnes attended the Climate Strike in Westchester County, while Sister Arlene Flaherty participated in Manhattan.

Sisters Pat Langton, Ceil Lavan, and Cely Byrnes

After experiencing a day of ‘hope’ and ‘solidarity,’ Sister Ceil reflected on her experiences at the demonstration in Westchester as the meaning of the Global Climate Strike movement.


The Climate Strike was an upbeat, energetic demonstration led by students from Rye High School and Rye Country Day School. Both the adults and young children cheered as students marched throughout the Rye Library greens chanting “The people united will never be divided.”

Sister Arlene Flaherty and friends

The students made it clear that they are young people who want justice for our climate. Seeing their enthusiasm gave me hope for the future.


The present effects of the climate crisis make me feel that we are in a time of darkness, yet out of the darkness, there are wonderful young people worldwide, who refuse to accept the inevitability of climate change. They are powerfully organizing to force the nations to make changes needed to protect life on Planet Earth.


I feel a great sense of relief when I stand in solidarity with them.


I will continue to follow their lead and encourage others to do the same.

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