Becoming a Sister of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt is a deepening of one's
discipleship in the Word of God, as well a response to a call to live interdependently
in the context of the Dominican Family and the world.
As Dominicans, we contemplate the Word of God in prayer and integrate
it into every aspect of our life, as well as preach it to the world.
What does it mean to be a Sister of Saint Dominic?
You live the Dominican Mission. As a Sister of Saint Dominic, your life will be shaped by the Four Pillars of Dominican Tradition: Prayer, Study, Preaching/Ministry and Common Life.
You are a part of a lifetime community. As a Sister of Saint Dominic, you will have the support of a community full of women of faith. Within the congregation, you will have opportunities for service, ministry, vocation, and advocacy.
You are a Preacher of Truth. As a Sister of Saint Dominic, preaching is at the heart of our lives. Our Sisters preach by fulfilling prayer requests, publishing scripture reflections, as well as bringing hope and mercy to all in need through programs and advocacy.
You bring God’s mercy and compassion into the world through your ministry. As a Sister of Saint Dominic, your ministry will make a significant impact in the lives of those you serve. Our Sisters are involved in ministries such as education, healthcare, social services, foster care, family services, shelters, housing services, community outreach, pastoral work, prayer, advocacy, and retreat work.
Where do the Sisters of Saint Dominic minister?
Several sisters have followed in the footsteps of our foundress, Mother Mary Ann Sammon, and minister in family services.
Sr. Jean Graffweg ministers at House on the Hill, a daycare for children of migrant workers in Goshen, New York. The Sisters of Saint Dominic, along with Dominican College students, volunteers, and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Market, opened House on the Hill in 1972.
Other sisters who minister in family services include:
◆Tolentine Zeiser Community Life Center - Sisters Margaret McDermott and Patsy Lardner
Since the incorporation of our congregation, our mission has expanded from Mother Mary Ann's initial purpose, and nowadays, several sisters minister in education.
In fact, to serve this purpose the Sisters of Saint Dominic founded Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York. Dominican College is a Catholic institution of higher learning that aims to promote educational excellence, leadership, and service. Sisters who minister at Dominican College include Bernadette Burke, Diane Forrest, Barbara McEneany, Mary Eileen O'Brien, Kathleen Sullivan, and Barbara Werner.
Other Sisters of Saint Dominic minister at Catholic and public schools, as well as colleges and universities.
◆Annunciation Parish - Sr. Beverly Vetrano
◆Christ the King School – Sr. Evelyn Cirvello
◆De la Salle Academy - Sr. Mary Theresa Dixon
◆Holy Cross School - Sr. Joan Marie McKinney
◆Metropolitan College of New York – Sr. Ceil Lavan
◆School Sisters of Notre Dame – Sr. Arlene Flaherty
◆St. Dominic's School - Sr. Margaret Ann Martin
◆St. Pius V Parish & School, Rhode Island - Sr. Shirley Jeffcott
◆University of Portland - Sr. Kathleen McManus
◆Yale University - Sr. Jennifer Schaaf
Along with education ministry, many of our sisters minister at places of worship.
◆Archdiocese of New York - Sr. Alice Kirk
◆Prayerful Art Center – Sr. James Bridget Hanley
◆Marymount Convent – Sr. Carol Carullo
◆Congregation Leadership - Sisters Michaela Connolly, Mary Ann Collins, Mary Theresa Flood, and Ellenrita Purcaro
◆St. Dominic Convent- Sisters Joan Agro, Joan Clark, Sonia Scott, Margaret Flood, Noreen Walsh, Geraldine Milbert,
Anne Daniel Young, Mechtilde Doherty, Thomas Joseph Durkin, Catherine Patrick Cassidy, Rose Ellen Gorman,
Beryl Herdt, Mary Jo Lynch, Loretta Lynch, Mary Malone, Jane Francis Marron, and Joan Smith
Other sisters minister at organizations that promote Catholic values, as well as advocate for social, environmental, and economic causes.
◆Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC) – Sr. Didi Madden
◆RENEW International – Sr. Terry Rickard
Many of our sisters spread God’s love and serve those in need through healthcare ministry.
◆Jesuit Health Center - Sr. Patricia Ginty
◆Burke Rehabilitation Hospital - Sr. Kathleen O'Hanlon