Ask Sister Podcast with the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York
Description

Sister Maxine with guests Sisters Jennifer Schaaf and Theresa Rickard of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York. Topics: the big impact of small-group ministry, Prayer Workout, vacation vs. retreat, everyday holiness, a confusing God.

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Show Notes

(02:30) Dominican life coast-to-coast: Queens, New York, and Washington State

(04:30) Unexpected journey to religious life

(08:30) How the compassionate spirit of foundress Mary Ann Sammon inspires Blauvelt Dominicans today

(10:30) RENEW International: helping parishes connect faith, charitable works, and just actions

(11:00) The growing church at Yale University

(14:30)  RENEW International’s “Healing Our Church” program to help parishes deal with crisis

(16:00) The transformative power of small-group ministry

(19:00) Vocation as the process of becoming the best person you can be

(21:00) The Word of God and how to recognize it in our lives

(24:30) Sister Terry’s Prayer Workout: exercise of body, mind, and spirit

(28:30) The best thing about being a Blauvelt Dominican

(32:00) Listener question: Is a retreat just a holy way of saying “I’m on vacation so don’t bother me?”

(33:00) What is a retreat

(34:30) Retreat as a vacation with God

(38:00) Listener question: Do nuns still have to show deference to priests?

(41:00) Pope Francis on “everyday holiness” and “the saint next door”

(42:00) Listener question: How can I follow God’s call when it takes me in two different directions?

(44:00) How little decisions can move our lives in big ways

(46:30) Discernment techniques to help figure out huge decisions in life

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Intro/outro music by Wild Carrot  

About our Guest

L: Sister Theresa Rickard​, OP, is the President of RENEW International. Sister Terry is a preacher, writer, retreat leader and conference speaker. She is the author of numerous publications, including Live Lent! Year A, B and C, a series of small group resources published by RENEW International. Earlier, she ministered in two multi-cultural parishes in the South Bronx, was the Director of Vocation and Formation ministry for her congregation and was a member of the Archdiocese of New York Parish Mission Team. She holds a Doctor of Ministry degree in Preaching, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education.

R: Sister Jennifer Schaaf, OP, is a member of the Chaplaincy team at Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel at Yale University. Her focus is to engage students in shared leadership and spiritual development. Earlier, she served in campus ministry at Ohio Dominican University, where her emphasis was on liturgical music, retreats, and developing alternative break programs. She has also served as Director of Communications for the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt. Sr. Jenn is a native of Washington State. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Master's degree in Pastoral Ministry.