By Maria Bohan
Sisters share many things—looks, clothes, and for some, a calling to serve God’s people.
Such is the case for a few Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York.
Current sisters who are sisters include: Theresa and Loretta Lynch, Mary and Margaret Flood, and Mechtilde and Bernadette Doherty.
This is not a new phenomenon—the congregation has had many sisters from the same family.
Sisters Theresa and Loretta spoke about their experiences as vowed women religious in the same congregation.
The Lynches grew up in the Bronx. Sister Theresa joined the Blauvelt Dominicans first, and five years later, Sister Loretta followed.
“I came to visit [Sister Theresa] up here,” says Sister Loretta. “That probably influenced me to join [the congregation].”
The sisters both ministered in education before they retired to the Motherhouse, but they never worked together.
“[Having a sister in the congregation] is very helpful,” according to Sister Theresa. “[The experience] has strengthened our sisterly bond.”
Maria Bohan is a Volunteer for the Communications and Development Office at the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. She is a student at Bryn Mawr College majoring in English and a graduate of Pearl River High School.