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"All Dominicans are called to PRAISE, to BLESS, and to PREACH.  And, so we shall."

In the event that you are not familiar with Sister or her sisters, the Dominican Sisters at Blauvelt, some details are provided below. 


About Sister Maureen



Sister Maureen Murphy, O.P., has been a member of the Order of Preachers (O.P.), the Congregation of Dominican Sisters at Blauvelt, since 1975. She was born and raised in Yonkers, New York, along with her sister and two brothers.

Sister Maureen Murphy, O.P. is a highly respected guest lecturer and retreat leader who conducts numerous retreats, workshops and seminars addressing spiritual growth and development. A part of her vision is to nurture the current trend within the corporate culture to initiate services that address the spiritual energy of the worker and to create highly effective and spiritually grounded leaders.








Sister has the following degrees and certifications:

  • BA in Sociology (Mercy College: Dobbs Ferry, NY)

  • MTS with a concentration in Spirituality (Weston Jesuit School of Theology: Cambridge, MA)

  • Spiritual Director Certification (The Upper Room Spiritual Life Center: Neptune, NJ).
  • Trainer/Facilitator of BioSpiritual Focusing Certification (The Institute of BioSpiritual Research: CA).
  • Level II Reiki Practitioner Certification

Sister's experience is detailed below. She has performed various supervisory, program development, and training/mentoring tasks throughout all of these positions.

  • 1996-Present: Full time ministry of Spiritual Formation and Development.

  • 1979-1994: Pastoral Minister to the sick, the elderly and the homebound.

  • 1977-1979 and 1968-1973: Child Care Worker for adolescent girls in placement.

  • 1973-1976 and 1964-1968: Credit analyst and other lending field positions within the Banking Industry.


Sister's goals are to:

  • Awaken and renew the Spirit Life of Grace within the heart of every man, woman and child she is privileged to encounter and serve along the way HOME. 
  • Live as a gospel woman of prayer in service to the poor and marginalized.
  • Be a seeker of TRUTH.
  • Shape her life and mission by the core values of right relationship; mutuality; interdependence; dialogue and a stance of power with all of Creation.




About the Dominican Sisters at Blauvelt



The congregation was incorporated in 1890 to further the mission of promoting for the temporal and spiritual welfare of destitute, homeless, and unprotected children.
 Over one hundred years later, the Sisters continue to adapt their ministries to serve the needs of God's children in light of the signs of the times.






The Motherhouse is located on the former estate of Joseph Eustace and family in the Blauvelt section of Orangetown in Rockland County, New York.


The property (which is quite beautifully landscaped) houses the Motherhouse and Infirmary, Sister's Residence Building, our Cemetery, Administration Offices and Resident Program of St. Dominic Home, and some buildings used by Dominican College.



Our Sisters have served mostly in the Northeast US with a predominance in the New York Archdiocesan Area.  We have also been present for ministry in California, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Florida, and New Jersey. 


Internationally, we have served in Ireland, Jamaica and Canada.

Our ministries include the fields of Education, Health Care, Social Service, Spiritual Growth and Development, Pastoral Care, Social Justice and Advocacy, and Child Care.


The Congregational goals are to:

  • Be rooted in gospel living for the sake of the mission of Christ.
  • Be conscious of and present to people who are poor and marginalized.
  • Ensure that the expression of our ministry speaks of compassion, justice, hope and healing
  • Bring the vision of St. Dominic into our present reality of experience through study, prayer, preaching and common life.

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