National Catholic Sisters Week
The 800/60 Committee is happy to announce that this week is "National Catholic Sisters Week," when we recognize the Women Religious who serve God through a diversity of ministries. Some live cloistered lives in contemplative prayer, while others work on the frontlines of global change, striving to improve various aspects of society, from education to environmental change to healthcare reform to human rights issues. All find ways to make the world a better place.
In honor of "Sisters Week" we will highlight the journey of some of our very own Sisters here at Molloy.
"In 1960 I entered the Dominican Convent in Amityville where I began my lifelong desire and goal to deepen my relationship with God!
In 1971 I graduated from Molloy with a BS in Chemistry. Since I never met a molecule that I didn't immediately love I continued my education in Chemistry at Purdue University.
Upon graduation I started working at Nassau County Medical Center first as a research assistant in Endocrinology and later as the technical supervisor in the Clinical Chemistry lab.
In 2002 I retired from the Hospital and returned to Molloy as an adjunct in Chemistry with the hope of passing on my love for molecules to my students!"
S. Ann Melber
"I am Sister Judy Olsen. This is my 29th year teaching Accounting at Molloy College. I live at Sacred Heart Convent in Glendale with six other sisters. Service is part of Dominican life and I am currently a Board Member of Catholic Charities and Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Glendale. In addition, I am on the audit committee of the Diocese of Rockville Centre and the Financial Advisory Task Force of my congregate. I have been a Dominican Sister of Amityville for the last 48 years and I love my congregation and my choice of vocation!"
S. Judy Olsen
"Having gone all through Catholic schools, I was impressed by the wonderful nuns who taught me. When I met the Dominican Sisters of Amityville in high school, I felt called to become one of them. Like many Sisters in the ministry of education, I moved up the grades. I worked in elementary schools as a teacher and principal, and I returned to teach at my alma mater, Dominican Commercial High School. I was delighted to be hired at Molloy, the college founded by our Sisters. Over a span of 30 years, I have taught as both an adjunct and full-time professor at Molloy. I was granted a leave of absence in 2007 when I was elected to the leadership team of our congregation as Councilor for Ministry. In that capacity, I was responsible for charism education in our sponsored ministries which included a high school, a literacy program for immigrant women, an early childhood center, a social service outreach, a residence for senior citizens, and an organic farm. Since returning to Molloy, I continue to be happy teaching English and core courses in preaching and spiritual autobiography. Today is a challenging time to be a Catholic Sister! Religious life has drawn me closer to God and into relationship with many good people. I have been supported in community by my Sisters and in ministry with people who have enriched my life."
Thank you Sisters!
Sister Alice Byrnes, O.P.
"I am Sister Diane Capuano. Most students call me Sister D. I have been a Campus Minister at Molloy College for the past 10 years. I live in Copiague with another sister. For the past 22 years I have been a member of the St. Gregory the Great Choir in Bellerose which is also my parish. For almost 25 years, I have been a Dominican Sister of Amityville. Religious life, even with some bumps along the journey, has been a true gift and grace for me! My years as a sister have led me to places I never thought I would go and helped me grow in ways I never dreamed of! I am totally in love with God and it is this love relationship that grounds me each and every day of my life! I love being a Dominican Woman Religious! If you want to know more, stop by the Campus Ministries Office (Public Square 390) and see me! I would love to chat!"
Sister Diane Capuano