Dear Students, Families, Alumnae and Friends,
The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill welcome you to a new year and ask God’s blessing on each of you.
The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill founded Aquinas High School in 1923. and it continues to function in the spirit of its founders and pioneer sisters. Throughout its long history, young women, graduates of Aquinas High School, have been and continue to be “a credit to their Church, their Country, their families, and their school.” Alumnae, among them many Dominican Sisters, continue to bless and support our school.
Dominican Sisters have been responsible for founding and staffing numerous schools in New York and in St. Louis as well as in Pakistan. Today our sisters’ ministries span a variety of fields: education, administration, healthcare, pastoral care, and preaching, social services, senior housing and health and advocacy for those who are poor and marginalized.
None of these ministries brings us more pride and gratitude than Aquinas High School, this community of faith and learning. Our graduates, educated in the rich tradition of the Dominican spirit and rooted in the four pillars of Dominican Life; prayer, study, community, and preaching are committed to lifelong learning and the pursuit of truth. They are women who are confident, knowledgeable and committed to building a better world.
Each year when I attend graduation, I am reminded once again of the gift of Aquinas High School’s graduates who will share their knowledge, and skills coupled with compassion and grace.
We look forward to another year, recognizing the traditions that remain and open to new and exciting possibilities.
P.S. In accord with their Community Spirit, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have agreed to lease a third of its beautiful Aquinas High School Building to the newly formed Cardinal McCloskey Community Charter School students, entering Kindergarten and First Grade for 2019-20 academic year. This agreement is only temporary while extra space is available. This agreement was reached based upon the long-standing relationship our Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have with Cardinal McCloskey where over 30 Sisters have served since its inception.