October 31, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
The Dominican Scholars of Hope prepared a garden for harvesting next year at the Mariandale Center in Ossining, N.Y.
The Dominican Scholars of Hope, a group of civic-minded students from Mount Saint Mary College, recently spent a day reflecting on St. Dominic’s Pillars of Study and Contemplation with the aid of their namesake, the Dominican Sisters of Hope.
The students began their day at the sisters’ Mariandale Center in Ossining, N.Y. speaking with Sr. Bette Ann Jaster, OP, who offered a reflection on stewardship and finding God’s beauty and wonder in nature. Sr. Jaster explained that she lives out the Dominican charism through her involvement in environmental causes. She challenged the students to think critically about the world around them.
The Mount students assisted the sisters in winterizing their eco-friendly garden by picking and sorting vegetables, clearing out tomato and corn plants, and preparing a fresh bed of garlic plants for harvesting next summer. The sisters instructed the students on the medical and culinary use of many of the herbs grown on the property while they worked.
The Mount’s Dominican Scholars of Hope enjoyed a recent visit to the Dominican Sisters of Hope in Ossining, N.Y. Back row, left to right: Jeanne Conboy, administrative assistant of the Catholic and Dominican Institute; Sr. Lorelle Elcock, OP; Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP ‘67; Charles Zola, chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, associate professor of philosophy, and director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute; Sr. Madeleine Tacy, OP; Sr. Cynthia Bauer, OP; and Sr. Bette Ann Jaster, OP. Second row: Hallie Benson of Miller Place, N.Y.; Amanda DiFazio of West Babylon, N.Y.; Rosemarie Budhwa of Holbrook, N.Y.; and Christopher Blackwell of Yonkers, N.Y. Third row: Leila Saleh of Ansonia, Conn.; Rebecca Goldberg of Massapequa Park, N.Y.; and Victoria Kuhr of Holbrook, N.Y.
The scholars also enjoyed lunch with Sr. Lorelle Elcock, OP; Sr. Margaret Anderson, OP ’67; and Sr. Catherine Walsh, OP ’70, Mount Saint Mary College communications Professor Emrita. The students also had the opportunity to walk many of Mariandale’s scenic pathways, taking in the natural beauty and the site’s magnificent views of the Hudson River.
In addition to their work with the Dominican Sisters, the scholars recently organized fundraisers for those affected by natural disasters, including an upcoming donut sale, We Have Family in Puerto Rico – Raising Some Dough Campaign, to benefit those affected by recent hurricanes.
The Dominican Scholars of Hope is a nonacademic living and learning community for highly motivated Mount freshmen and sophomores. Rooted in the values of the Judeo-Christian and Dominican heritage of the Mount, it is inspired by the four pillars of Dominican life: study, spirituality, community, and service.
The program is spearheaded by Charles Zola, chair of the Division of Philosophy and Religious Studies, associate professor of philosophy, and director of the Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute.
The Dominican Scholars of Hope assisted the sisters with their garden and caught up with Professor Emerita Sr. Catherine Walsh ’70 (center).