Pope Francis’ Lenten Message

Posted on March 15, 2019

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Each year, through Mother Church, God “gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed… as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ” (Preface of Lent I). We can thus journey from Easter to Easter towards the fulfilment of the salvation we have already received...

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Sr. Jean Noonan, RDC

Posted on March 12, 2019

Sr. Jean Marie Noonan, RDC, (formally Sr. Mary Michael), a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on March 11, 2019. Sr. Jean was born in Pleasantville, NY in 1924, the daughter of Frank and Elma (Oberholtzer) Noonan. She attended St. Thomas Elementary, Pleasantville and St. Mary's High School, Katonah, NY. Sister received her BA in Biology from Good Counsel College and an MS in Chemistry from St. Joseph's College...

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The Fence Ministry

Posted on February 13, 2019

Some time ago we learned of a generous clothing designer who started something BIG! She took her scarves to a city park and tied them to trees with a little tag: "I am not lost! If you are cold, take me home." Inspired by her, we began to crochet scarves and hats at Sacred Heart Convent in Yonkers, and found the perfect place to hang them - the fence...

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Pope Francis to world’s religious leaders: We build the future together or there will be no future

Posted on February 8, 2019

“There is no alternative: We either build the future together or there will not be a future,” Pope Francis said frankly in an important keynote address to participants at the high-level inter-religious meeting in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 4.

“Religions, in particular, cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures,” he told the 700 representatives of Islam, Christianity, Judaism...

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RDC Center of Compassion Food Pantry

Posted on February 8, 2019

The RDC Center of Compassion Food Pantry helps feed hundreds of individuals every month. Our food pantry provides a private environment that respects your privacy and acknowledges how difficult it is to ask for assistance.  Whenever possible, we offer “Client Choice”, where you can pick brands that you want – the options are not all decided for you.

The face of hunger...

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Preston High School Shows Gratitude!

Posted on February 8, 2019

In an effort to brighten up the lives of the elderly and those in service, the National Honor Society is sponsoring a letter collection to support two charities, Love for the Elderly and Operation Gratitude. Love for the Elderly is a non-profit organization, devoted to providing seniors with the love and appreciation they deserve. Operation Gratitude has a mission of expressing gratitude to those...

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Pope Francis tells Christians to share their gifts with each other

Posted on January 18, 2019

Rome, Italy, Jan 18, 2019 / 12:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News - by Hannah Brockhaus).- The path to Christian unity takes a willingness to acknowledge and share in the gifts other Christian communities have also received, Pope Francis said at an ecumenical Vespers service Friday.

To take the first step toward unity requires humble recognition of the fact that the blessings Catholics and other Christians have received do not...

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Tracing Thin Places - a book of poetry by Alice Feeley

Posted on January 9, 2019

Alice Feeley, RDC is an extraordinary poet whose insights mirror her spirituality that she shares with all of us. She has recently published some of her work in a beautiful volume called "Tracing Thin Places." The title references a Celtic tradition describing the space where the veil that separates heaven and earth is lifted. Alice's book explores aspects of the divine incarnate in our...

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Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi homily

Posted on December 27, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!

To you, the faithful of Rome, to you, the pilgrims, and to all who are linked to us from every part of the world, I renew the joyous proclamation of Bethlehem: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those whom he favours” (Lk 2:14).

Like the shepherds who first went with haste to...

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Advent is a time of joy-filled waiting

Posted on December 14, 2018

Vatican City, Dec 1, 2018 / 09:38 am (CNA/EWTN News; Hannah Brockhaus). As the Advent season begins, it is a good time to reflect on the Christian call to joyful expectancy, finding hope and consolation in waiting for Christ, Pope Francis said Saturday.

“We Christians are called to safeguard and spread the joy of waiting: we await God who loves us infinitely and at the same time we are...

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Christmas Appeal 2018

Posted on December 14, 2018

Dear Friends,

How blessed are we, Sisters, Associates, Companions, to have partners in mission like each of you. You light “Christmas candles” daily as you carry your faith and love to others and enable us to do the same. Only trust and love enable the vision. We have been able to touch the hearts and feed the spirits of so many because of your...

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Sr. Kathleen McCann

Posted on December 11, 2018

Sr. Kathleen McCann, RDC, (formally Sr. Mary Adelaide), a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on December 8, 2018.

Sr. Kathleen was born in the Bronx in 1930, the daughter of Thomas and Catherine (Fegan) McCann. She attended St. Frances de Chantal Elementary and St. Catharine Academy.  Sister received her BA in English from Good Counsel College and MLSC from St. John’s University.

Sister...

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Science should serve humanity

Posted on November 16, 2018

Vatican City, Nov 12, 2018 / 10:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday to use their knowledge for the benefit of all humanity, especially at the service of those people who are most often disregarded by most of society.

It is not enough to merely follow the principles of ethics, the Church expects from science “a positive service that we can call with...

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Sr. Mary Carmella Stapleton

Posted on October 26, 2018

Sr. Mary Carmella Stapleton, RDC, a Sister of the Divine Compassion, died peacefully on October 13, 2018.

Sr. Mary Carmella was born in New Jersey in 1926, the daughter of Bernard and Florence Stapleton. She attended St. Joseph’s Elementary and High School. Sister received her BA in History from Good Counsel College and MA in Classical Languages from Villanova University.

Sister began her career in teaching...

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Good Counsel Guild

Posted on October 24, 2018

The Good Counsel Guild held a Luncheon honoring Sr. Laura Donovan, President of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion.  Over 85 people attended to show their love, support and gratitude to Sr. Laura Donovan for her tireless commitment to living the mission of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion each and every day.  The Guild first began in 1941, organized by Mother Mary Aloysia, under the patronage of Our...

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Nuns on the Bus

Posted on October 15, 2018

Susan McCarthy, RDC will be part of the Nuns on the Bus Tour from October 21-27. This year's tour began Oct. 8 in Los Angeles and will end Nov. 2 in Palm Beach, Florida, at the Mar-a-Lago resort owned by President Donald Trump, where the sisters plan to present the stories they heard on their cross-country journey.  Along the way, we will be listening to people’s...

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RDCs Support Refugees

Posted on September 19, 2018

These pictures reflect the earnest response of RDCs to our postcard writing activity on behalf of refugees and immigrants. We sent our elected officials a total of 236 postcards from Sisters, Associates and the public who responded on 9/11. Sponsored by the RDC Social Justice Board, this activity was done in conjunction with a larger county-wide effort by the Westchester Refugee Initiative, of which the RDC are members.<...

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Prayer for the Children Continues

Posted on September 10, 2018

Our August prayer vigils brought out members of the Divine Compassion Community -- Sisters, Associates, Companions and Partners -- all sending their healing prayer to the children separated from their families. We were very happy to welcome people from local parishes, their friends and occasionally, their children. Seeing the children praying was incredibly moving. The hot and humid weather we experienced reminded us of the stark...

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STEM Program at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School

Posted on September 4, 2018

STEM is an enhancement program that most colleges, many high schools and a few elementary schools are moving into, and it has arrived at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School in Elmsford!

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and at OLMC we added an “S” at the end for SERVICE. The Service component is the most important piece of the enhancement program. We...

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Pope Francis’ letter “The People of God”

Posted on September 3, 2018

As you may have heard in your parish churches, our Holy Father, Pope Francis has issued a letter to “The People of God” acknowledging and condemning the clerical abuses of minors and adults and the overall abuse of power. 

This is a critical time in our Church that calls for our prayerful response. May God have mercy on our Church. Through prayer, may we...

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