Miracles of Spring: An Easter Homily

Miracles of Spring: An Easter Homily

This homily was delivered by Francis Gargani, CSsR, at the Easter Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, March 30, 2024 Cellophane bees – miracles of Spring?  Who knew?! If you’re not aware, an aggregate of cellophane bees have made their nests on the beautiful property here,...
Protecting Pollinators

Protecting Pollinators

Last week small, sandy nests began popping up on the grounds of our administrative offices at Mariandale. They caught the eye of Karalyn Lamb, a local naturalist on a bird walk, who paused and snapped the above photo of a ground nesting bee emerging from her nest....
Mariandale Harvests First Batch of Honey

Mariandale Harvests First Batch of Honey

It’s been two years since we at Mariandale welcomed bees onto campus.  This July, Dominican Sister of Hope Bette Ann Jaster, OP, master gardener and beekeeper Regina Blakeslee, her husband, Ed Levine, and Mariandale staff member Karen Noreika harvested the bees’ honey...
8 Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions and Make This Your Best Year Yet

8 Ways to Achieve Your Resolutions and Make This Your Best Year Yet

Thank you for reading, sharing, and being an invaluable part of forming our online family this year. We are deeply grateful for your support. May 2019 be a year of greater happiness, good health, and bountiful blessings for you and yours. 1. Volunteer. It’s difficult...

7 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Everyday

One year ago, the Dominican Sisters of Hope (in committed collaboration with four other Dominican communities, also known as OPSCC) officially committed to work on climate changeimpacts. The initiative, which took the form of a corporate stance, was as important as it...