Earth Month Roundup

Earth Month Roundup

Dominican Sisters of Hope, the Hope Volunteer Community, and The Center at Mariandale observed Earth Month throughout April by tending the land in our care, studying the wisdom of its original inhabitants, celebrating with local community residents, and advocating for...
10 Simple Ways to Connect with Nature Now

10 Simple Ways to Connect with Nature Now

“Before the scriptures were written, people already knew that there was something sacred about the trees, and about the weather, and about the stones,” said Sister Bette Ann Jaster, a Dominican Sister of Hope. “Nowadays, though, we have so many interruptions that it’s...
Where Holiness Meets Sustainability

Where Holiness Meets Sustainability

This post is in honor of World Environment Day. For a devotion for the day, consider our Prayer for World Environment Day. At the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, sustainability starts at the reception desk. The front office features low-emission,...

Sisters Change Bee Legislation in Ossining

The bees have found a home in the Village of Ossining, NY. The Village Board of Trustees voted on Wednesday, May 21 to override the long standing ordinance against beekeeping in Ossining. Through a concerted effort on the part of many residents, gardeners, friends and...
Acting with Spirit

Acting with Spirit

Lisa Wagner-Carollo always knew she wanted to be an actress. At five years old, she had her father repurpose an old television set so she could use it to act out scenes with marionette puppets. She used the set to put on plays for her neighbors in her backyard or in...