Sisters of the Neighborhood – Sister Helen Dolores Byrne and Sister Pat Rizzo

Among the many programs and activities S. Helen Dolores Byrne began while serving as a Pastoral Associate at St. Agnes, Rockville Centre, was an Ignatian Prayer group. On the first Monday of the month the group of 20-30 parishioners would gather to learn and practice Ignatian spirituality. After leaving formal ministry S. Helen along with S. Pat Rizzo continue to gather the groupeach month. Their prayer moves them to action within the community and beyond. A recent action of the group was a generous donation given to a group of Sisters of St. Joseph who went to assist at the border with Annunciation House in El Paso, Texas. Currently S. Helen and S. Pat are reading and reflecting on The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr, OFM with the group. The commitment to gathering regularly has continued to deepen the social consciousness and passion for justice in these women. Great work S. Helen and S. Pat!

Pat Rizzo and S. Helen Dolores Byrne with members of the prayer group.