(from left to right) Sisters Margaret Anderson Lorelle Elcock, Catherine Walsh, Judith Brunell, and ConstanceLynn Kelly

(from left to right) Sisters Margaret Anderson, Lorelle Elcock, Catherine Walsh, Judith Brunell, and ConstanceLynn Kelly

Leadership of the Congregation is comprised of five members elected to the Leadership Team or Council.  Each Team serves for a five-year term – individual members may serve on more than one Team.

The Current Team was elected in April, 2014.  It includes:


Sister Lorelle Elcock, Prioress

Sister Lorelle first assumed the role of Prioress in 2009 after having served as Strategic Plan Project Manager for the Dominican Sisters of Hope since 2007.  Prior to that, she was associate director of the National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes in Silver Spring, MD.  A consultant, facilitator, and educator, Sister Lorelle has done institutional research and planning at Mount Saint Mary College, directed environmental projects, coordinated long range planning for the union of the three congregations that formed the Dominican Sisters of Hope, and served as general treasurer and planning coordinator for the Newburgh (NY) Dominicans. She now serves her second term as Prioress.


Sister Judith Brunell, Councilor

Sister Judy first came to leadership from a sabbatical for study and renewal after having worked for 22 years as a GED teacher with the Parenting Teens Program in New Bedford, Massachusetts. For over fifteen years she has also been working as a potter.  Prior ministries include director of the Catherinian Center for Spirituality and Personal Development in North Dartmouth, MA and director of formation for the former Fall River Dominican Sisters. She also served as chairperson for the New England Region of the Religious Formation Conference, taught math at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River and at St. Peter’s School in Plattsburgh NY. This is her second term as a Councilor.


Sister Catherine Walsh, Councilor

Sister Catherine comes to leadership as Professor of Communication Arts and Chair of the Division of Arts and Letters at Mount Saint Mary College. After teaching elementary and junior high school and serving as a principal, Sister Catherine came to the Mount as Director of Student Teaching in the Division of Education. She later moved to the Division of Arts and Letters, where was responsible for developing the media studies major, and implementing the public relations major. After serving in leadership for the Newburgh Dominicans, Sister Catherine was elected the first Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. She has served as chair of Finance Committee for last five years, as a member of Master Planning Taskforce and steering committee for Master Planning, and on the boards of the MSMC Catholic, Dominican Institute, and Girlpower, an outreach to teens in the Newburgh community. Sister Catherine brings to the team communication skills, proven leadership, and, of course, a sense of humor.


Sister ConstanceLynn Kelly, Councilor

Sister Connie comes to leadership from the Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx where she served as a theology teacher and campus minister. She has previously served as a teacher, education coordinator, principal, and retreat manager throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Sister Connie is currently engaged in the national Collaborative Leadership Development Program for women religious. She brings to the leadership team technological expertise and creativity. A preacher through written word, as well, she is a published poet with over 250 written poems.


Sister Margaret Anderson, Councilor

Sister Margaret served as Director of Guidance, a member of the administrative team at Good Counsel Academy, White Plains New York. She is also a member of the Board of the Newburgh Ministry where she completed a term as chair. During her term as chair, she helped to renovate the building and added a shelter for homeless men and women. She believes that women religious today are called to bring a contemplative perspective of dialogue to the discussion, and that her experience in social work, as an administrator, and on a previous leadership team will help her bring forth such dialogue.