Pope Francis in Cairo

Posted on May 23, 2017

As-salamu alaykum!   Peace be with you!

Today’s Gospel of the third Sunday of Easter speaks to us of the journey to Emmaus of the two disciples who set out from Jerusalem.  It can be summed up in three words: death, resurrection and life.

Death.  The two disciples are returning, full of despair and disappointment,...

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Grotto at Kennedy Catholic HS Dedicated to Sr. Barbara Heil’s Memory

Posted on May 23, 2017

For as long as John F. Kennedy Catholic High School existed, the shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes stood just inside its gates. For just as long, so too did Sr. Barbara Heil (formerly known as Sr. de Lourdes Marie) faithfully teach and guide countless JFK students, that is, until her untimely death in a head-on collision last year. The staff and students paid special tribute to Sr. Barbara...

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RDC Poets Read at the Dobbs Ferry Library

Posted on May 10, 2017

The POETRY CARAVAN together with Westchester libraries invited the public to celebrate National Poetry Month (April) with readings in 4 different Westchester libraries, ie.e., Mt. Pleasant, Scarsdale, Dobbs Ferry and Hastings.

On April 22nd Caravan members Sr. Doretta Cornella and Sr. Alice Feeley read some of their own poetry for an audience at the Dobbs Ferry Library.  Two other poets, Llyn Clague of Hastings and...

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Pope Francis Easter Vigil Homily

Posted on April 19, 2017

 “After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Mt 28:1). We can picture them as they went on their way... They walked like people going to a cemetery, with uncertain and weary steps, like those who find it hard to believe that this is how it all ended. We can picture...

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Climate Rally in White Plains on April 29th

Posted on April 19, 2017

The People’s Climate Movement March in Washington, DC is happening on April 29th. On the same day a sister rally is planned in White Plains to express Westchester County residents’ demand for the protection of our fragile environment.

 

The event is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope and Sparkill, the Maryknoll, WESPAC Foundation and Food & Water...

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Preschoolers Stock Food Pantry

Posted on April 19, 2017

The RDC Center of Compassion was thrilled to have the beautiful children from the Golden Goose Nursery School in Dover Plains for a visit! They hosted a food drive at their school and came down to our food pantry to deliver it! They even helped to stock the shelves with their goodies!  The gaggle from GGNS also gathered enough change to make a very generous donation to our...

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Contemporary Contexts of Compassion

Posted on April 12, 2017

Contemporary Contexts of Compassion:  Spring 2017

May 13, 2017    9 am – 12:30 Berman Theater Manhattanville Purchase, NY

Compassionate God: The Outrageous Nature of Grace

Excavating the language and imagery of God's compassion is a rewarding and challenging exercise. It is a rich pattern in the fabric of most religions, threatening incredulity in its limitlessness and excess. We reflect on key biblical passages;...

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Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday Reflection

Posted on April 12, 2017

Today’s celebration can be said to be bittersweet.  It is joyful and sorrowful at the same time.  We celebrate the Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem to the cries of his disciples who acclaim him as king.  Yet we also solemnly proclaim the Gospel account of his Passion.  In this poignant contrast, our hearts experience in some small measure what Jesus himself must...

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The RDC Oppose the Use of Lethal Force in Syria

Posted on April 9, 2017

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion decry the unilateral use of lethal force enacted by the U.S. government in Syria this week. We mourn the deaths of the Syrians killed during the missile strikes as well as the many Syrian people who suffered and died during the chemical weapons attacks by the Syrian forces.

With Pope Francis, we are appalled at the “unacceptable massacre”...

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Employment/Networking Support Group Offered by the RDC Center

Posted on April 6, 2017

The RDC Center for Counseling and Human Development is sponsoring a FREE 6-week Support Group focused on obtaining employment and networking. Participants will learn about these important job-seeking topics: job trends, the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory, resume preparation, interviewing and the use of LinkedIn. The group will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8 pm on April 10, 17, May 1, 8, 15 and 22. The program will be offered at the White Plains Education ...

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RDC Center Bi-lingual Mother Daughter Group

Posted on April 6, 2017

The RDC Center is offering a FREE 6-week workshop for bi-lingual mothers and daughters (ages 12-17 yrs) to explore "How to Communicate Effectively." The workshop dates are Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6 and will take place at the RDC Center, 52 North Broadway in White Plains. Carmen Muniz Cooper, LCSW and Kemisis Jorquera, MA, MS will facilitate each session. To register call Carmen Cooper at 914-693-4521.

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RDC Center Lecture Series

Posted on March 28, 2017

Introducing The RDC Center Lecture Series for educators, parents and counselors.

 

It's Free and you're invited!

                             

 

Topic: Social Media 101: Facebook, lnstagram, Snapchat,  Youtube Social Videos-What...

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Friendly Gathering 2017

Posted on March 28, 2017

On Sunday, March 19th, The RDC Center for Counseling & Human Development held their annual fundraiser, The Friendly Gathering. Approximately 300 were in attendance and it was a joyous and successful event!! This event helps provide needed funds that enable The RDC Center to continue its mission to “provide affordable counseling in an atmosphere of welcome.”

The Friendly Gathering is a fundraising evening offering a traditional...

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Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017

Posted on March 17, 2017

The Word is a gift. Other persons are a gift.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Lent is a new beginning, a path leading to the certain goal of Easter, Christ’s victory over death. This season urgently calls us to conversion. Christians are asked to return to God "with all their hearts” (Joel 2:12), to refuse to settle for mediocrity and to grow in friendship with the...

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Preston Center of Compassion

Posted on March 17, 2017

Preston Center of Compassion or PCC for short is a welcoming community where hearts connect and lives are transformed, reaching out to share  Divine Compassion spirit, mission and community with women, children and families most in need throughout the Bronx, which includes many of the lowest socioeconomic congressional districts in the US. PCC serves over 500 families including diverse populations from Central America & Africa, Asia & Europe who...

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Words from Pope Francis

Posted on February 15, 2017

Pope Francis appeared on Wednesday to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend "their ancestral relationship to the earth". The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome.

While...

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GCAES Principal Honored

Posted on February 8, 2017

The Women’s Club of White Plains was the venue for a heart-warming event: celebrating the principal of The Academy of Our Lady of Good Counsel Elementary School, Mrs. Pam Matott. School families and parishioners of Holy Name of Jesus Church in Valhalla came together at the parish’s annual mid-winter ball on January 28th to honor Mrs. Matott – her enthusiastic energy guided the students, faculty...

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Rally at Pace Law

Posted on February 8, 2017

On February 4th the Westchester Rally for support of immigrants and refugees was convened by NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousin on the great lawn at Pace Law School. Our local and regional lawmakers, including US Representative Eliot Engel and White Plains mayor Tom Roach, Pace Law Professor Vanessa Merton, and law students spoke passionately for a reasoned, just, and compassionate immigration policy. More than 500 neighbors and friends, and many members...

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RDCs Stand with Immigrants

Posted on January 31, 2017

The Vision Statement of the RDC states that we seek to liberate and heal God’s people, challenge injustice, and offer the gift of hope to our world. Compelled by these words we support the Leadership Conference of Women Religious who express deep concern about recent Executive Orders. The LCWR statement follows:

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is deeply disturbed by many of President...

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Good Counsel Academy Elementary School

Posted on January 6, 2017

From Sr. Laura Donovan, RDC President: "Circumstances, primarily enrollment, led to the difficult decision of closing Good Counsel Academy Elementary School. I applaud the efforts of the principal, teachers and staff who have held our mission sacred and led the school through challenging times. We are proud of our 103 year Legacy of Catholic education in the Divine Compassion tradition." Click here to read the text of her...

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