Online Community Offerings and Programs

We are mindful of the close connection and comfort that the center provides to our community, and wish to reinforce that bond in these challenging times. Social distancing can be isolating and strange.

While in-person programming is temporarily suspended, we have found new ways to provide listening and discussion through technology platforms, like Zoom. Using Zoom allows a presenter to convene a meeting that you can join through a web link. You can choose to participate using a computer webcam/tablet or by simply calling in on the phone. We invite you to join us in this exciting new venture with your presence and your thoughts!

We offer these online sessions free to all, at present. We would be so grateful if  you could donate to help the center remain open and viable during this challenging year. We  want to continue to offer online programming to meet our community’s needs. Please use this safe, secure link to donate online.

Note: Please click on the green plus sign (+) at the far right of each title to see the program descriptions and sign up forms.

Online Contemplative Prayer Service with Gaynell Cronin, Thursdays at 11:30am

Contemplative Prayer Service Online, with Gaynell Cronin

Each Thursday, from 11:30am to noon, we gather as spiritual companions seeking God’s guidance. Come join us in prayer for peace, for yourself, for others, and for the world. These sessions are held online, in the Center at Mariandale’s Zoom meeting room. All are welcome! You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please get started by signing up with your name and email address, with this free registration link. Then, you will receive an email with the Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions.

Sign up for Contemplative Prayer Online here

This meeting is held at the same Zoom link each week, so you only need to register once. Please plan to log in at 11:25am, so we can get started on time. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you as a part of our online community.

Reading Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit, with Gaynell Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt, Fridays at 11:30am

Reading the Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit, with Gaynell Cronin and Jack Rathschmidt

Join us each Friday from 11:30 am to noon.

Contemplation, according to Walter Burghardt, S.J., means taking a long, loving look at the real. Utilizing the cultures out of which the bible emerges, we will take a long loving contemplative look at the Sunday scriptures in order both to understand them, and discern how we are called to live them

These sessions are held online, in the Center at Mariandale’s Zoom meeting room. All are welcome! You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please get started by signing up, with this free registration link. Then, you will receive an email with the Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions

Sign up for Reading the Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit

How to Use Meditation to Calm Your Mind, Saturdays, June 13 and June 27, from 9 to 10am

Fear, uncertainty, a feeling of doom, depression and anxiety are all natural and normal reactions to the events of the past two months with the coronavirus pandemic. We will try to teach you various meditations which might be of help during these stressful times. We hope that some,  if not all, of these meditative techniques will provide you with the spiritual strength to see that these times provide us with a great opportunity to care for and love one another.

Dates & Times: Saturdays, May 30, June 13,  and June 27,  from 9-10am

Presented by Fernando Camacho, Maeve Eng-Wong, and Janet Reale. 

Presenter Fernando Camacho is an ordained lay Buddhist priest of the Dharma Teacher Order, a Western group of Vietnamese Zen lineage committed to developing ecumenical bridges and relationships across all religious traditions. Fernando is a practicing medical oncologist in the Bronx and is the Director of the Community Oncology Program of the Montefiore Einstein Center for Cancer Care.

Sign up for this online program, here

Relax with Reiki, Wednesday evenings in June 2020, 7pm

Join Andrea Deierlein for an hour of relaxation with Reiki, a spiritual healing practice from Japan that brings balance to body, mind, and spirit. Andrea is a graduate teacher of the International House of Reiki and practices and teaches throughout Westchester County.

Dates & Times: Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 7pm

Sign up for this online program, here

The Art of Writing and Self-Publishing a Book, Four-Part Series: June 3, June 17, July 1, July 8 at 2pm

This is a four-part series on writing and self-publishing your book. Please join us in this online Zoom program. 

Part 1: Begins with a general overview: Building a solid process; Gathering information and images; Planning your story; Where you should and should not invest money. Register here for this June 3 session

Part 2: Pulling it together: Editing your story; Preparing your images; Planning a design and type language; Where you should and should not invest money. Register here for this June 17 session

Part 3: Preparing to print: Getting outside readers; Hiring a proofreader; Final editing checks; Final design checks; Submitting your file; Checking your proof; Approving your file; Where not to spend money; Should you hire a PR or marketing team?; Who needs to know you’ve written a book?
Register here for this July 1 session.

Part 4: Final wrap up and feedback session. Register here for this July 8 session.

Presenter Sherry Wachter writes, designs, illustrates, and teaches College Writing and literature. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her son and two formerly feral cats. She also eases the publishing process for beginning to experienced writers.

Registration Closed | Women Bearing Gifts: Finding Connections in Our Stories, an Online Weekend Retreat, June 5, 6, and 7

You are invited to Women Bearing Gifts, an online women’s weekend experience of prayer and sharing sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Hope & Associates. The scheduled dates are June 5-7, 2020. This enriching weekend will be hosted on the online meeting platform, Zoom, in scheduled sessions over the course of three days.

The Women Bearing Gifts retreat encourages women to explore their spirituality, celebrate womanhood, and foster contemplation. The retreat is offered annually and is open to women of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds. Attendees leave the weekend with a renewed sense of self, as well as a deeper connection to each other and the sisters.

“There is such power in women sharing their stories. I experienced a sense of community, of not being alone in my spiritual journey.” ~ Martha LaVallee, Dominican Sisters of Hope Associate.

Scheduling: There will be an introductory meeting on Friday evening from 7-8:30pm, and talks, followed by group sharing on Saturday from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm, and Sunday from 10am-12pm, including breaks. A follow-up day of reflection is planned for Saturday, October 24, 2020, at the Center at Mariandale in Ossining, NY.

The fee for this retreat is $10 per person for the weekend. Materials and the information for logging on or phoning in to the Zoom sessions will be mailed on receipt of registration.

Registration has reached maximum capacity for this program. Thank you for your interest. 

Healing Circle Online, Monday, June 8, 10:30 to 11:30am

This Healing Circle Online format will be slightly different than when we meet in person. The purpose of the Healing Circle is to hold everyone in a sacred space of nurturing ourselves as part of a healthier humanity. This increases compassion for oneself and others and supports a shift from surviving to thriving. Beryl will be offering some exercises to prepare for creating a sacred space for you and your breath. We will also learn how to use our mind and not be used by it.

Presenter: Beryl Hay has been facilitating The Healing Circle at Mariandale for the past three years sharing meditation and Reiki techniques.

Time/date: June 8, 2020 10:30 AM – 11:30am

Sign up for Reading the Sunday Scriptures with a Contemplative Spirit

Reading Pema Chodron, with Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, Saturday, June 13, 10:30am

Using the writings of American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron, in particular, her book, When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times, participants will explore: Intimacy with Fear, When Things Fall Apart, Curious About Existence, and The Practice of Tonglen.

Come take time to expand your heart and nourish your mind with “new food for thought.” The schedule will include time for input, quiet personal reflection, and conversation.

About the Presenter: Jo-Ann Iannotti, OP, poet, photographer, and educator, is a Dominican Sister of Hope. She holds an MA in Theology from Fordham University. She is the author of Remember, Return, and Rejoice: Journeying from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday, and the co-editor of Teilhard de Chardin: Pilgrim, Prophet, and Mystic by Sally Campbell Woodhall. She often lectures on art and spirituality in the Christian tradition.

Register for this free program here

What Now? And What's Forgiveness Got to Do with It? Saturday, June 20, 12:30pm

Eileen-McGowanThis online workshop will open up new perceptions about Forgiveness: offering understandings and tools that offer resilience and healing in these times, when so much seems to be in turmoil. At the same time, it feels like we are entering a new era that is calling for something better to take its place. Please join us for an exploration into what it means to live in the present, while looking towards the future, as opposed to being tied to the past.

But how do we let go and release ourselves from the past? And what’s forgiveness got to do with it? We hope you will join us on Saturday, June 20th from 12:30 to 3:30pm EST.

Presenters Eileen McGowan, Carla Ascoytia and Elizabeth Lyell are all founder members of Feminenza North America, who have been offering Forgiveness workshops and training for many years, in North America and abroad.

Register for this free program here

Buddhist Christian Dialogue: New Seeds of Contemplation, Saturday, June 20, 10am

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Using the ideas and spiritual teaching of the book New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton as a starting point, we will explore why they are still very pertinent to our current time.

Participants do not have to have read the book in order to attend. Our presenters are Fernando Camacho and Maeve Eng Wong.

Once you register, you will receive an email with a Zoom link, meeting ID, and a phone number and simple instructions. You can join the Zoom visual session from a computer or tablet, or simply phone in.

Please be sure to add  to your list of email contacts, so that you received our email confirmations and reminders. Thank you. 

Register for this free program here

Embracing Divine Wisdom, July 7, 10:30am to 12pm

True divine wisdom allows us to experience life from God’s perspective by tuning into His frequency. Yet sometimes distractions shift our attention. How do you embrace your divine wisdom?

Presenter Joan McGovern 

Register for this free program here

Saturday Group Listening Sessions: Every Saturday, 4pm

You’re invited to a public listening session this Saturday at 4pm (EST) via Zoom. (Participants may join via phone or video.) These are challenging, uncertain times. We invite you to join in a community and bring your fears, your hopes, your gratitude, your restlessness, or whatever you’ve got while we process together. We’re here to hold each other.

First step is to visit this Dominican Sisters of Hope page, where you can fill out and submit a form to sign up for this listening session. You will be emailed simple instructions to phone in, or log in to a Zoom session:

Listening Calls with Sisters and Associates

During these uncharted times, we’re offering 30-minute listening calls with anyone who needs to talk (U.S. only). A listening call is not spiritual direction or counseling, but simple fellowship in a time of physical isolation. These calls could happen via video, email, or phone, as you prefer. This is a new idea, and we’ll have to co-create, but our sisters, associates, and co-creators are here to listen. Please visit this page to fill out an Interest form:

Become an Online Community Co-Creator!

Are you interested in helping pioneer an online community for listening, discussion, and programming? Please visit this link, and let us know what you think on the form:

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