Margaret Galiardi, OP, a Dominican Sister from Amityville, New York, joined the staff of the Institute in 2011 to assist with the Transformation in a Time of Uncertainty (TITU) program. More recently she has worked with Nancy Sylvester, IHM in designing and facilitating the Exploring Exercising Contemplative Power (EECP) programs. Margaret participates in the planning and implementation of the programs and in the creation of ongoing vehicles of communication and follow-up contemplative practices.
In addition to her work with ICCD Margaret offers spiritual direction/ accompaniment both to individuals and groups, and is team-teaching a core-course at Molloy College, entitled: “Nature: Where Do You Stand?” which explores the paradigms of Earth-human relations ranging from dominion to kinship and the rights of nature.
Margaret has lectured nationally on ecological theology and spirituality, the “New Story and the Christian Story,” and the work of Thomas Berry. She designs workshops, retreats and campus wide events focused around spirituality for the 21st century. She has published two books: Encountering Mystery in the Wilderness: One Women’s Vision Quest and Where the Pure Water Flows: the Universe Story and Christian Faith and is a contributor to ICCD’s book, Crucible for Change.
Margaret was elected Director of Ministry for her own congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Amityville in 1995. At the same time she served as the North American Co-Promoter of Justice for the world-wide Dominican Order, an appointment she received from the Master of the Dominican Order.
Margaret also served as theological consultant for the lay leadership training program in Rockville Centre, worked as Homelessness Prevention Coordinator for a network of soup kitchens and shelters on Long Island. Prior to this Margaret served as the Executive Director for the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace in New York City, a collaborative effort of some thirty-five religious congregations in the Tri-State area.
Margaret spent the 2009-2010 year living in silence and solitude with the Trappistine Sister Monks in their monastery in the Red Wood forest on the Lost Coast of Northern California.
She did her under graduate work at Molloy College on Long Island and earned a Master’s Degree from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana.