Sr. Bette Ann Jaster, OP, a Dominican Sister of Hope, will
present “The Catholic Social Justice Teachings Made Real and Active
in our Time” on Tuesday, April 11 at 7 p.m. at Mount Saint Mary
The free public talk will take place in Room 218 of the Mount’s
Dominican Center, 330 Powell Ave., Newburgh, N.Y.
The Catholic and Dominican faith are steeped with directives to
aid one’s fellow man, a cherished tradition carried out over the
800 years since the Dominican Order was formed.
In her talk, Sr. Jaster will take “a new look at the Dominican
tradition” and show how the order’s long held values of community,
study, prayer, and ministry can be applied in the ever-changing
sociopolitical landscape of the modern world.
“The Gospel urges us,” explained Sr. Jaster, “and the world
needs what we have to offer.”
Sr. Jaster is an aficionado of experimental Earth education –
creative ways to respond to needs of persons and planet. An
originator of CO-OP for Earthsake at Mariandale in Ossining, N.Y.,
she supports using principles of contemplation, cooperation, and
collaboration in community gardening, eco-beneficial planting,
beekeeping, resisting injustices and supporting indigenous, poor,
marginalized, multicultural, and intergenerational persons.
The talk is sponsored by the Division of Philosophy and
Religious Studies and the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute
(CDI). CDI promotes the Mount’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances
the Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for
discussion of contemporary ethical issues, and enhances Catholic
and Jewish dialogue. The Institute welcomes persons of varied
faiths and acknowledges different religious traditions as essential
to the college’s intellectual and spiritual life.