A Letter from our Chapel’s Sacristan, Sr. Felicitas

Posted on February 21, 2018

Dear Friends,

We are at Lent's beginning with a little more than 6 weeks to the glorious Easter season. What is more beautiful at this time of the year than flowers? As in years past, I call upon you to help beautify our Chapel of the Divine Compassion.

I invite you to purchase a a plant for our Easter altar in the name of a person...

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Women’s March in NYC

Posted on February 15, 2018

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Sr. Susan McCarthy, RDC and Althea Fusco, ADC, attended the Women’s March in New York City.  The Women’s March was a call to all America to come out and vote on November 6, 2018.  Thousands of people came out in NYC to demonstrate their strong disappointment at what has been happening in our country in the past year. One of the signs...

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Update on the Coalition of Religious Congregations to Stop the Trafficking of Persons (CRC-STOP)

Posted on February 15, 2018

It is the belief of people who know these things that the awareness of, sensitivity to, and advocacy around the trafficking of human persons (buying, selling, exploiting women, men and children) has been due, in large part to the “early adopter” stance of women religious across the globe in the fight against trafficking. We RDCs have been a part of that for more than 13 years.

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Do You Want to Fast this Lent?

Posted on February 14, 2018

Words from Pope Francis:

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.

Fast from worries and trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressures and be prayerful. <...

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Sr. Catherine Yakovleff, RDC

Posted on January 31, 2018

Sr. Catherine Yakovleff, RDC, (formerly known as Sr. Mary Alexis), a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on January 29, 2018. Sr. Catherine was born in the Bronx in 1931, the daughter of Nicholas and Margaret (McKenna) Yakovleff. Sister attended Catholic elementary and high school in the Bronx and graduated from Good Counsel College in White Plains, NY. in 1958 with a BA in English.  Sister entered the Sisters of the...

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Engineering Tomorrow Comes to Preston High School

Posted on January 17, 2018

Preston seniors, along with Mrs. Grendell, Principal of Preston High School, mark the dedication of the new Engineering Lab designed by the Engineering Tomorrow Foundation. The foundation's mission is to attract high school students to the engineering field by introducing them to real world engineering projects that illustrate how the math and science they study is applied. PHS will serve as host for the programs that Engineering Tomorrow...

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“We Must Leave our Comfort Zone”

Posted on January 11, 2018

From the Catholic News Agency: Pope Francis marked the Feast of the Epiphany Saturday by encouraging faithful to imitate the actions of the Magi, who weren't attached to worldly comforts, but were willing to go out and take risks in order to find Jesus.

“Setting out, the second thing the Magi do, is essential if we are to find Jesus,” the Pope said...

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with gratitude

Posted on January 11, 2018

Thank you faithful partners in RDC for all the generous support we have received during the 2017 Christmas Appeal.  We are blessed by all of you our faithful partners in RDC ministries, you walk with us as we pursue the inspired vision of our Founders.  Your gifts are directly applied to our active ministries and the retirement needs of the congregation.  We are ever blessed by your...

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Sr. Madeline Desel, RDC

Posted on November 30, 2017

Sr. Madeline Desel, RDC (formerly Sr. Mary Antonio), a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on November 25, 2017. Sr. Madeline was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1925, the daughter of Walter and Emma (Hirsh) Desel. Sister attended Bishop McDonnell High School in Brooklyn and graduated from Good Counsel College in White Plains. She received her MA in Business Education from New York University.

 

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The RDC Supports LCWR Statement Urging Action to Support Dreamers

Posted on September 7, 2017

Dear Friends,

The Sisters of the Divine Compassion are deeply committed to the extension of DACA and are concerned about the outcome of the proposed Dream Act of 2017. In that spirit, we ask that you join voices in support of new legislation by contacting your congressional reps ASAP. Follow this link and enter your zipcode to find your Congressional representatives' contact information.

We fully endorse...

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The RDC Community Condemns Racism in All Forms

Posted on August 19, 2017

Because the Sisters of the Divine Compassion, our Associates, Companions and partners are all called to be the compassionate presence of God in our world, our Social Justice Board and the RDC Leadership Team agree that we must have a statement about the recent violent events in Charlottesville and Barcelona. Once again, the LCWR has come out with a statement that we approve and support. This statement engages...

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Mary Brings New Joy and Meaning

Posted on August 15, 2017

On the Feast of the Assumption, Pope Francis said that in bringing Christ to the world, Mary also provides the joy and grace of her Son, which not only sustain us in difficulty, but are primarily intended for the weak and humble.

“Carrying Jesus, the Madonna also brings us a new joy, full of meaning; she brings us a new ability to pass with faith through...

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LCWR - A Presence of Love

Posted on August 15, 2017

As LCWR members gathered in Orlando to consider the invitation to "be the presence of love," it became clear that participants felt called to make a statement on the deepening crisis between the governments of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. The statement that follows was affirmed in spirit by the assembly on August 11, approved by the board on August 12, and released to...

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Doretta Cornell to be Honored

Posted on July 12, 2017

Sr. M. Doretta Cornell has been chosen to receive the 2017 Peace and Justice Award from the UN NGO Partnership for Global Justice and Peace. The RDC Leadership Team was delighted to receive this news from Kathleen Nolan, OP, Chairperson of the NGO Board! A few excerpts from Sr. Nolan’s letter: “The Board of the Partnership for Global Justice has unanimously voted to award Sister Doretta Cornell,...

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Serving with Compassion in Vietnam

Posted on June 1, 2017

“If we can improve lives as part of our compassionate work, we are following our mission.” These are the words of Sr. Theresa Vinh who founded the Mission of Hope in the impoverished north western part of Vietnam in 1997.  Her mission of charity is located in the diocese of Hung Hoa and the archdiocese of Hanoi.  Initially the Mission provided catechist formation and established catechetical...

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Preston HS Service Group is Amazing!

Posted on June 1, 2017

From Dora Dekajlo, Theology faculty member and Compassion Connection moderator at Preston High School: Compassion Connection is the community outreach club at Preston High School.  Our school was founded on the principles of the Sisters of Divine Compassion – teaching our students to become compassionate leaders for change in the world.   And our club seeks to bring that compassion to the people who need it most...

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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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