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Several Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have been highlighted in the news recently for their hard work and dedication to their ministries. We are delighted to celebrate their wonderful accomplishments!

Sr. Lesley Block was honored as one of the Bronx Top 25 Most Influential Women of 2014 for her leadership in managing Thorpe Family Residence (TFR). The TFR shelter assists young, single mothers in developing the skills and confidence needed to gain employment, to parent their young children, and ultimately to secure permanent housing.

Honorees Dr. Melissa Barber, Sr. Lesley Block, & Jessica Clemente. Photo courtesy of Alex Belisle.

Read the feature on Sr. Lesley here. Learn more about the awards ceremony on the Bronx Times website.



Sr. Carol Lehmkul, Director of the East Side Heart and Home Family Center in East St. Louis, IL, was highlighted as a “catalyst for change” in a recent article by the St. Louis Review. Her tireless work towards rebuilding and revitalizing the Olivette Park neighborhood was explored and celebrated.

Sr. Carol talking with a neighborhood helper, Sarah Hyde. Photo courtesy of Lisa Johnston.

Read the article here.



Sr. Mary Elizabeth Mooney was featured in an article in The Daily News for her 40 years of commitment to the children of St. John Chrysostom School in the Bronx. As the principal, she has focused on maintaining a safe and respectful environment for her students because, as the article states, “it often is in short supply beyond the school.”  

Photo courtesy of Susan Watts/New York Daily News.

Read the article here.



Sr. Rose Michelle O’Rourke was acknowledged in The Photo News for her 36 years of service as the Director of Religious Education at Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe, NY. According to Rev. Thomas J. Byrnes, the pastor of Sacred Heart Church, the religious education program and the parish overall have blossomed into a true “community of hope” due in large part to Sr. Rose’s efforts.  

Sr. Rose pictured with Rev. Thomas J. Byrnes and the late Sr. Mary Norbert McNamee.

Photo courtesy of Roger Gavan.

Read the article here.



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