Fifty-two weeks a year, women religious stand with the poor and immigrants, teach children, fight injustice, heal the sick, share spirituality, empower women, defend the planet, promote peace, create community, offer hope. But for one week, beginning on International Women’s Day (March 8), we shine a light on the spirituality, mission, and community building of women religious.

Join us from March 8-14 as we meet sisters, grow deeper in mission, and celebrate


National Catholic Sisters Week

You are invited to our CSW Events: 

Nuns & Nones Zoom Gathering

Monday, March 11th at 7 pm ET

All people, including laypeople, have vocation stories. Join us on Zoom as we discuss our vocation stories and celebrate the pivotal moments in life that led us to where we are now. All Catholic Sisters and millennials are welcome. Email Gina at for the Zoom link.

Guided Contemplation

with Sr. Madeleine Tacy, OP

Tuesday, March 12th at 6 pm ET via Zoom

Find some peace in your busy week for quiet contemplation. Dominican Sister of Hope Madeleine Tacy, OP will lead us in guided zen meditation and a brief introductory reflection.

Together, we will enter into silence in the sangha practice. In times that call each of us to “laundry of the soul,” we will expand our practice with brief direction and then a silent sit. There will also be an opportunity for fellowship for those who wish to confer with others in the group. This event is free and open to all.

Madeleine Tacy, OP, D.Min, is a Dominican Sister of Hope who lives in Dartmouth, MA. She served as a teacher, and began her meditation practice in 1972 with a house of prayer experience. In 1999, she began studying with Father Kevin Hunt, OSCO, Roshi. In 2018, she received transmission from him. Sister Madeleine is now a Sensei in the Day Star Sangha and a registered member of the White Plum Sangha, the professional organization for Soto Zen in the USA.

Composting 101 Zoom

Thursday, March 14th at 2 pm ET

On the Feast Day of Brigid of Kildare, The Dominican Sisters of Hope  implemented composting at The Center at Mariandale. Additionally, many of our sisters compost at their individual residences. Join us via Zoom on Thursday March 14th at 2 pm ET for a one-hour conversation about all things composting, including how it relates to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform, the spirituality of composting as told by a Master Gardener, composting as mission: food waste and its impact on global warming, how we made it possible, and how to implement it wherever you are. We’ll also have time for a Q&A, as well as resources for you to bring back to your community. This event is free and open to all.

“The Spirituality of Thomas Merton: From Separation to Solidarity with the World” with Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP

Thursday, March 14th from 7-9 pm ET via Zoom

When Trappist monk Thomas Merton, author of “The Seven Story Mountain, died in 1968, he had evolved from his original vocation to “leave the world behind”, to discovering gradually his fuller call to engage with the world of the 20th Century. This, he discovered, was the true locus for encountering the Divine.

In this brief program, we will encounter the man, the monk, the mystic and the social activist. Who was this friend of artists and leaders of world religions? Why his involvement in social issues such as nuclear war and racism? His is a voice people still return to, now some 56 years later, to help in their own discernment on their personal journey to their truest self.

Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP is a Dominican Sister of Hope, recently retired as Art and Spirituality Coordinator at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, CT. Her ministries have included teaching in elementary and secondary schools in New York and New Jersey, Associate Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of Hartford, being a script writer for the Office of Radio and Television of the Archdiocese of Hartford and reporter and photographer for The Catholic Transcript newspaper in that archdiocese.

Jo-Ann is a poet and photographer. Her poetry has appeared in national and international magazines. Jo-Ann lectures frequently on the 14th Century English mystic, Julian of Norwich, as well as the inter-relationship between art and spirituality. She is the author of Remember, Return, Rejoice: Journeying from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday.

This event is sponsored by the Community for Integrative Learning and is $15 for non-members. 

Coming Soon:

Meet our Dominican Sisters International!

Every year, the Dominican Sisters International stay at The Center at Mariandale while they attend the annual conference of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). We gather in prayer and blessing to welcome our Dominican Sisters from around the globe.

Throughout the week, we’ll be sharing their stories of their homes around the globe, their ministries, and their hopes for women everywhere. Stay tuned!


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