Catholic Herald article on our own Sister Dolores

Benedictine Sr. Dolores Dean, smiling in the St. Benedict Monastery courtyard in Bristow, came back to the religious life after nearly a half-century away.

Benedictine Sr. Dolores Dean, smiling in the St. Benedict Monastery courtyard in Bristow, came back to the religious life after nearly a half-century away.

Twice a nun, forever gratitude-filled

Sr. Dolores Dean returns to the Benedictines at age 72

Deep peace, the kind that transforms the soul and ripples outward into the world, is not guaranteed in this life. Benedictine Sister Dolores Dean knows what it’s like to obtain such a gift, to lose it and then — nearly a lifetime later — come home to it for good.

“It hasn’t always been easy, but you hang on,” said Sister Dolores, 83. “What it comes down to is you just have to find where God wants you to be. For me it took a long time until everything could come to fruition.”

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The Volunteer Soul of BEACON

The mission of BEACON began in 1992, with just one volunteer: founder Sister Eileen Heaps of the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia. She taught English to 3 members of the Bristow monastery’s staff in a cozy nook within the facility, once a week.

Since that time, the ministry has grown by leaps and bounds to serve over 5,000 low-income immigrants with language barriers, thanks to the many dedicated volunteers who have shared their talent and time. Our volunteers are our lifeblood, and the richness that their diversity and dedication brings to our program is inspiring.

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BEACON: A Path to Immigration

The Middle Eastern Immigrant Community We Serve

English literacy is a crucial step for any immigrant building a life in America.  From the most basic steps of acquiring housing to the more complex goal of stable employment, thriving in a community absolutely requires the ability to communicate with that community – and, for those needing assistance, communication is a prerequisite for getting help.

Throughout the history of our nation, immigrants have proven to be resilient, productive, and enriching populations in our society, and achieving literacy and fluency is key to building the full, integrated lives they came here hoping to create.

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AmeriCorps: Getting Things Done for BEACON

Strengthening American communities through dedication and hard work is one of the founding principles of one of our country’s finest civil society programs: AmeriCorps.

Based on the successful models of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and the U.S. military, every year, thousands of AmeriCorps service members are trained and sent into communities to develop new partnerships, and help create and support programs that strengthen American communities in need.

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