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Discernment Night

Event date: Jan 9 2022
Sisters of Charity Federation Discernment Night Join other women discerners and Charity vocation ministers on Zoom to explore religious life in the spirit of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton! Sunday, January 9, 2022 7 to 8:30 p.m. Eastern time For Zoom link or questions, contact

Transformative Education: On the Margins

Event date: January 19, 2022
The North American Vocation Team (NAVT) of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) present “Living our Call as SSND: Transformative Education, Part 2 – On the margins” Wednesday, January 19 at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CST). This second of a three-part online series is intended for single women ages 18-45 to learn more about SSND and their ministry...

Exploring education justice

Event date: January 12, 2021 at 3p.m., Central
Education not only shapes values and beliefs, but it also helps people grow and develop physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Education empowers people to address the urgency of our time and to act. Lack of access to quality education is one of the root causes of poverty and economic hardship which in turn drive people to choose...

Consecrated Life: Called from the East Coast and the West Coast To the ‘Third Coast” - Holy Family Convent near Lake Michigan in WI

Published 12/17/2021
Sister Maria Guadalupe Martinez Lopez (Home Diocese: Raleigh North Carolina) Sister Carmen Marie Diaz (Home Archdiocese, Los Angeles CA), converse candidly and thoughtfully about the similarities and differences of their discernment journeys. “The Lord has been there helping day by day and there is also a lot...

Sr. Liz Engel to Retire from Downey Side

Published 12/14/2021
By Katie Beckmann Mahon, Communications Manager   Many of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, have spent their lives and ministries dedicated to the congregation’s mission of caring for those in need. Sr. Liz Engel, OP, has lived faithfully to that mission as Executive Director at Downey Side Adoption Services for...

What I Learned at the Motherhouse

Published 12/07/2021
By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager   For a young person, spending their time in their late teens and early twenties will often provide them with a path to a blossoming career and desired adult life. For Maria Bohan, a graduate of Pearl River High School and Bryn Mawr College, choosing to spend her “pivotal years” working at...

Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt Release Statement of Commitment to Laudato Si' Action Platform

Published 12/02/2021
The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York are grateful for the call of Pope Francis to Hear the Cry of Earth and the Cry of the Poor.   The Vatican’s 7-year Laudato Si’ Action Platform calls the worldwide Catholic community and “all men and women of good will” (LS 3) to publicly engage in the work of transformation...

Sr. Didi Madden Reflects on Gratitude

Published 12/02/2021
By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager   Over Thanksgiving, many of us gathered with loved ones to celebrate the holiday by being together, enjoying a delicious meal, and expressing our gratitude. While it is meaningful to express our gratitude for our loved ones and the joys in our lives, it is also just as special to reflect on...

Sisters of St. Dominic Delight in Meditative Art in Amityville

Published 12/01/2021
On November 9th at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, NY, sisters gathered for a special workshop called Artful Contemplative Practice by Maureen Carey. Maureen is a former sister and a recently retired professor in the social work department of Molloy College. With quiet music in the air, sisters dripped drops of...

Young adults invited to online evening prayer

Event date: Sunday, December 19, 2021
School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND) invite young adults (ages 18+) to their December online evening prayer which will be the fourth night of a chanted, candlelight Christmas novena on Sunday, December 19 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 6 p.m. MT / 5 p.m. PT. Learn more and register for the Zoom link at

School Sisters of Notre Dame Atlantic-Midwest Province Appoints New Leadership

Published 11/30/2021
The School Sisters of Notre Dame’s Atlantic-Midwest Province is excited to announce the appointment of their new leadership. The scheduled Provincial Election Assembly in March 2020 was postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic – and the continued inability to gather in person for elections throughout the next year – so in April 2021 the...

A Conversation on Affordable Housing

Event date: December 15, 2021 at 3p.m, Central
The basic human need for shelter is often unattainable for those at the mercy of the elements, job layoffs, economic downturns, overcrowded projects.  Affordable housing seeks to address how to determine eligibility of those who seek a place to live.  But data cannot compute what needs to be done; it is right before our very eyes....

Religious Life Today: Learn it! Love it! Live it!--Creating a collaborative environment

Event date: January 13, 2020
Join us January 13 at 8pm ET in exploring how dioceses and religious communities are working together to promote a full understanding of vocation among Catholics. This free one-hour webinar requires registration: After the event, registrants will receive an on-...

Bus Wrap, Billboard Target Human Trafficking

Published 11/18/2021
Women religious in the Dubuque, Iowa, area are the prime sponsors of a bus wrap featuring a photo of a young girl to drive home a growing reality: “Not for Sale: Stop Human Trafficking.” The wrapped bus will spread this message for the next year as it travels all the city routes. It is a follow-up to human trafficking awareness training...

Sr. Grace Augustine Reflects on Kindness

Published 11/16/2021
By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager   As the holiday season approaches, it’s time to pause and remember a simple concept that we often forget, being kind to one another. On a recent episode of the Hearts Afire Podcast, Sr. Grace Augustine Canevari, OP, reflected on this topic and shared her views on the importance of kindness...

Join us for a Virtual Monastic Experience Nov. 19-21

Event date: Nov. 19-21, 2021
The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, will host a Virtual Monastic Experience Nov. 19-21, 2021. The experience will include a digital tour, meeting with our Sisters, tips on prayer and discernment, and one hour of daily input. There will be opportunities to connect with our vocation director one on one. The event...

Catching up with Sr. Noreen Walsh, OP

Published 11/04/2021
By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager   For over 40 years, Sr. Noreen Walsh, OP, has been a fierce advocate for healthcare, patient rights, and compassionate care. In her ministry as Health Care Coordinator for the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, she has worked closely with geriatric patients in the hospital...

FSPA to offer presentation on ecological crisis action

Event date: Nov. 9, 2022
On Tuesday, Nov. 9 from noon to 1 p.m. Central Time, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Ecospirituality In Action Team will present “Laudato Si’ and FSPA,” via Zoom. This is an opportunity to learn more about the FSPA’s commitment to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, how ongoing efforts fit under the seven goals and how FSPA will...

Benedictine Sisters Featured in Environment News Coverage

Published 11/02/2021
The Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica, Atchison, Kansas, were featured in a new series of reports on the Newsy channel titled, "Our New Reality: A Changing Planet," which aired November 1, 2021. Reporter Amber Strong, along with videographer Stephanie Sandoval, had visited Mount St. Scholastica earlier this year to do the interviews...

Exploring Restorative Justice conversation

Event date: November 10, 2021
Victims of crime often find forgiveness too raw to reach; the sense of injustice outweighing the act of turning one’s cheek. For the perpetrator, the sense of injustice is equally strong; living in a world beyond one’s control, where societal standards hold no applicable meaning. Restorative justice seeks to balance the judicial scales with an...

Sooley: A Conversation with John Grisham

Event date: 11/10/2021
World-renowned author John Grisham will be chatting with Sister Joan Mumaw, IHM, president and CAO of Friends in Solidarity. The free webinar, “Sooley: A Conversation with John Grisham,” is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. Eastern.  John is the author of 37 novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and seven...

Amityville Dominican and Houston Associate Collaborate on Healthcare Project

Published 10/26/2021
 Amityville Sister Barbara Schwarz marvels at how her artwork, like pint-sized preachers, gets around! Like St. Dominic who roamed the countryside to share the Good News, her past and present paintings seem to capture the same itinerant spirit.  Most recently, ten of her abstract paintings were featured in the 2021...

Demanding a Pathway to Citizenship

Published 10/26/2021
There was an Immigration March and Rally on Saturday, October 16, 2021, in Riverhead urging Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Congress to pass legislation creating a pathway to citizenship for immigrants in the US. The group of more than 200 people - including many from Spanish-speaking countries but also from South Korea and American...

Celebrating 60 Years of Religious Life

Published 10/26/2021
By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager   Two weeks ago, Sr. Monica Paul Fraser, OP, and several Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, celebrated their Jubilee milestones. For Sr. Monica, a member of the “Band of 1951”, this Jubilee marked 60 years of religious life for her and fellow band members. On a recent episode...

The Life of a Dominican Volunteer

Published 10/21/2021
By Katie Mahon, Communications Manager   The Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) program has led many lay women and men to connect with Dominican congregations. Through their program, DVUSA volunteers are matched with congregations and their ministry sites then assigned to live in community with them for 11 months. Together, these...