Retreats with Sister Nancy, a Chance to Honor Earth

Retreats with Sister Nancy Erts consist of much more than Christian prayers. A Dominican Sister of Hope and retreat leader at the The Center at Mariandale in Ossining, Sister Nancy focuses her retreats on “finding God in sacred writings, but also in nature and life...
Gardening is a Community Affair

Gardening is a Community Affair

The Garden at Mariandale was put to bed for the winter. As I stand before the seventeen raised beds, now seeded with winter rye to bring fresh nourishment for the spring, I am caught in a kind of reverie. I recall the fresh energy of new beginnings from former spring...
The Bees are Coming: A Sign of the Times

The Bees are Coming: A Sign of the Times

Earth Day is every day, yet it takes on a new and deeper meaning here at Mariandale this year. This Retreat and Conference Center, and those of us who live, work and visit here, recently welcomed two hives of honeybees. Concerned as we Dominican Sisters of Hope are...
Sister John Christian, Staff, and Students Win $10,000 Recycling Prize

Sister John Christian, Staff, and Students Win $10,000 Recycling Prize

Our school just received a wonderful prize,” wrote Dominican Sister of Hope John Christian McCabe, OP, in a letter to the Dominican Sisters earlier this week. Sister John Christian is the principal at La Academia San José in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, where she has served...