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.


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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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Christmas Appeal

Posted on December 18, 2016

During the Christmas season we are most grateful for the generous support of our mission of compassion that we receive from our donors. Faithful partners in the RDC ministries, you walk with us as we pursue the inspired vision of our Founders. We hope we can continue to count on your financial support this Christmas. Know that your gift will be directly applied to our active ministries and retirement...

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RDCs rally against hate with Not in Our Town

Posted on December 14, 2016

Responding to recent acts of vandalism categorized as hate crimes, organizers of Not In Our Town gathered Westchester County residents and workers at the MLK statue in downtown White Plains on Tuesday. Over two hundred people including Sisters and Associates of the Divine Compassion listened to spiritual leaders’ and politicians’ simple and clear message: our Westchester County community will not tolerate hate in any form, and will...

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Standing with Standing Rock Water Protectors

Posted on December 7, 2016

The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt invited the Rockland community to stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Standing Rock Water Protectors to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sunday, November 20 at Nyack Memorial Park. Several RDCs, Nyack residents, and seasoned activists gathered by the Hudson River, a Sunday afternoon under gray skies and a cold wind. We prayed to express our solidarity with Standing Rock water protectors – we...

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Partnership for Global Justice Newsletter November

Posted on December 7, 2016

From Doretta Cornell, RDC, a member of Partnership for Global Justice at the U.N.: Here is the latest issue of our NGO's newsletter -- lots of Big Decisions were made this month: further action to limit Climate Change and help those most affected by it; the beginnings of a resolution to ban nuclear weapons! There are also stories of what is being done to raise people...

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We Celebrate!

Posted on November 23, 2016

Our Lady of Good Counsel Guild Celebrates 75 Years...Honors Sr. Margareta, RDC

The Good Counsel Guild celebrated its 75th Anniversary with a liturgy at the Chapel of the Divine

Compassion on October 4, 2016, celebrated by Fr. Thomas Collins.

Sr. Laura Donovan thanked the Guild members for their commitment to the RDC mission over the years.


Jubilarians' 50th Anniversary

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Giving Tuesday

Posted on November 22, 2016

GivingTuesday is an international day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.

Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable giving season, when many focus on their Christmas and end-of-year giving.

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion joins the campaign this year...

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The 2016 Elections and Catholic Social Justice Teachings

Posted on October 25, 2016

Our elections, national and local, are just two weeks away. As people of faith, we are called to consider the candidates in light of where they stand on the social justice teachings we hold to be essential to our lives and relationships.

These include Human Dignity, Community and the Common Good, Rights and Responsibilities, Option for the Poor and Vulnerable, the Role of Government and several others....

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Come Pray with Us:  Election 2016

Posted on September 21, 2016

On this presidential election year we invite you to come and pray together for God's guidance in choosing our new leadership for our nation.  

We will gather once a week on the following dates and times:

Friday, 10/7 - 1-2pm

Saturday, 10/15 - 10-11am

Wednesday, 10/19 - 5-6pm

Thursday, 10/27 - 12-1pm

Friday, 11/4 - ...

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Margaret Silf Speaks at Manhattanville College

Posted on September 20, 2016

Our Contemporary Contexts of Compassion Series offered in collaboration with The Duchesne Center for Religion and Social Justice was held on September 10th at the Reid Castle in Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.  Over 80 people came to hear presenter, Margaret Silf, noted author of spiritual books and retreat leader, discuss her relevant and timely topic: It’s Time to Say “Yes”...

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Sr. Mary Beth Maney (August 15, 1923 - July 12, 2016)

Posted on July 14, 2016

Sister Mary Elizabeth Maney, RDC, (formerly Sr. Mary Gerard), a member of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion for 65 years, died peacefully on July 12, 2016.

Sister Mary Beth, as she was known, was born in Geneva, NY on August 15, 1923, the daughter of the late Elizabeth Scheiberling Maney and John A. Maney. Prior to entering the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, she was employed as a Senior Stenographer in...

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130th Anniversary of Founders’ Day Marks Installation of New RDC Leadership Team

Posted on July 13, 2016

July 2nd marked the 130th anniversary of the Founding of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion.  A Liturgy of Thanksgiving was celebrated in the Chapel of the Divine Compassion on June 25th, which included the Installation Ceremony of the new RDC Leadership Team. More than 150 sisters, associates, companions, family and friends attended the liturgy, which was celebrated by Rev. Jack Rathschmidt. OFM, Cap. During the liturgy Sr....

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Dover Plains Community Garden

Posted on June 10, 2016

The Dover Elementary School (DES) Community Garden is a grant-funded project of the Dover Education Enrichment Program (DEEP), a community foundation that provides funding for creative and innovative enrichment programs to Dover students. Ed Frederick, community outreach worker at Hudson River HealthCare of Dover Plains and Amenia is the project coordinator. Ed and some local volunteers constructed the planter boxes and DES students planted the garden a...

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Contemporary Contexts of Compassion Speaker Series

Posted on May 3, 2016

Twice a year the Sisters of the Divine Compassion invite contemporary theologians, writers, poets, and spiritual guides to break open the meaning of the Gospel call to compassion in our time. On May 21st Rev. John Haughey, SJ will speak on “Pope Francis and Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ – their understanding of Mary, an Archetype of Radical Compassion.” Our presenter will invite us into the Mariology of...

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