2017 Honorees and Biographies


Laudare ✠ To Praise

"Let your light shine before others in such a way that they may see your
good works and praise your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

Joseph & Virginia Ripp

2017 Veritas Award Recipients


JoeRipp 3VirginiaRipp 1The ties between Joseph and Virginia (Ginny) Ripp and the Sparkill Dominicans began when Ginny and her sister Noreen were educated by the Sisters at Cathedral High School and then at St. Thomas Aquinas College, where Ginny met Joe. Joining the community, Sister Noreen Nolan became a committed Dominican Sister, an outstanding educator who promoted peace and justice, and a leader within the congregation. Through Sister Noreen, Joe and Ginny continued to deepen their bonds with the Sisters in multiple ways over the years. Having recently celebrated their
43rd wedding anniversary, they are blessed with two sons, their wives, and five grandchildren.

 In 1985, Joe began his illustrious career with Time Inc. at the intersection of digital, advertising, and publishing, holding executive-level positions at many companies, most notably Time Inc. and Time Warner. Until his recent retirement, he served as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Chairman of the Board at Time Inc. where he laid the foundation for their transition into a multimedia company. A highlight of his work there was the meeting last December that he organized at the Vatican with Pope Francis and international captains of industry to address economic inequities. Joe serves on the Dominican Sisters’ Investment Committee and in advisory roles for many other organizations including the Advertising Educational Foundation, the Lighthouse Guild, and the Ad Council.

 Ginny’s career began as a Catholic School teacher. Fueled by a belief in the importance of Catholic education and the opportunity for all to receive an education, Ginny became active in her children’s schools and in the local public schools, serving on PTA boards and councils. She is very involved in her parish as a Eucharistic Minister, a Parish Council member, and in the Religious Education program, both as a teacher and as Assistant Director of Religious Education. Ginny is a founding member of the Wilton Educational Foundation and a significant supporter of the Wilton Chapter of A Better Chance, both of which improve educational opportunities for students. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Thomas Aquinas College.

 For letting their “light shine before others” through their good works and for their caring and interest in the future of the Sisters and their ministries, the Dominican Sisters recognize Joe and Ginny Ripp for their generous support in furthering of the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.


Benedicere ✠ To Bless

“I will bless the Lord at all times.” – Psalm 34

Paul & Una Fitzpatrick

2017 Veritas Award Recipients

Fitzpatrick3Paul and Una Fitzpatrick both grew up in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn, NY where they were married at St.
In 1976 they moved from Westchester to West Nyack and have been residents of Rockland County ever since. Their relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill spans over forty years, beginning with their children attending St. Augustine School in New City, NY. Family has always been their priority and that is certainly true today: they are extremely proud of their four children, their spouses, and nine grandchildren.

Paul began his Investment Banking career with Merrill Lynch where he specialized in Real Estate. For most of his career, Paul specialized in the hospitality industry at companies such as CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield. Today Paul operates Fitzpatrick Associates Inc. (FAI) and provides personalized Investment Banking services to private and corporate clients, as well as consulting for multiple religious congregations. Professionally, Paul is gifted as a unifier, brokering deals and bringing people together in his welcoming and respectful way. The Fitzpatricks place great value on their faith and Catholic education, as evidenced by all their children having graduated from Albertus Magnus High School (where a grandson is currently a junior) and Una’s work in the office there from 1994 through 1997.

Both Paul and Una are enthusiastic and generous supporters of the Sisters’ ministries. They describe their involvement as friends, advisors, and supporters of the Sparkill Dominicans as “a priority and a proud legacy.” Over the years, Paul has graciously served on the boards of various Sparkill-sponsored ministries including Albertus Magnus High School, One-to-One Learning, and currently Thorpe Village/Dowling Gardens. He also serves on the Dominican Sisters Investment Committee and on the boards of St. Thomas Aquinas College and Ridgewood Savings Bank. Paul’s wise and trusted counsel has been invaluable to the Sisters.

Paul and Una Fitzpatrick have truly brought the good news of the gospel to life in the lives of their family, friends, and so many ministries of the Dominican Sisters. For this reason and because of their deep commitment to bringing the hopes and dreams of the Sisters to fruition, the Dominican Sisters recognize Paul and Una for their generous support in furthering the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill.

Praedicare ✠ To Preach

“Go into all the world and teach all nations.” – Mark 16:15

Sr. Una McCormack, OP

2017 Veritas Award Recipient


SrUnaMcCormack2Anne Theresa McCormack was born in New York City on June 12, 1924. At the age of 20, she entered the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill and received the name Sister Mary Una, the name that was to become legendary in the world of childcare in the Archdiocese of New York.

Sister Una earned a B.S. in Education and an M.S.W. in Social Work at Fordham University and, to respond to the needs of the children in her care, became fluent in Spanish. During the early years of her life in the congregation, Sister Una ministered in the Archdiocese as a teacher, social worker, and administrator at St. Agnes Home and School in Sparkill, Thorpe Secretarial School, St. Ignatius Day Nursery, and Cardinal McCloskey School and Home for Children. But Sister Una’s gifts shone most brightly when she began her 40 years of ministry at Catholic Charities, first as the Executive Director of Catholic Home Bureau and then as Director of the Department of Child Care. Among her many landmark projects, she helped found Incarnation Children’s Center which continues today its compassionate ministry of caring for babies and children with AIDS. Sister Una was a valued member of numerous boards throughout her long career in the field of childcare and the recipient of many prestigious awards.

For more than 57 years, Sister Una tirelessly responded to the dreams of orphaned and gravely ill children by placing them in loving homes and building outstanding programs to care for their needs. She created families for couples who would otherwise have remained childless. Then she walked with those families through the highs and lows of life, always there when they needed her.

Radiating God’s wisdom and compassion, Sister Una McCormack was truly a blessing to her Dominican Sisters and those she served through the ministry she carried out with such tenderness and love. When she passed into eternal life on August 26, 2015, Sister Una left behind a legacy of love that lives on in the lives of the countless families she touched. We are proud to honor her tonight for the extraordinary role she played in advancing the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill through her visionary leadership in improving the lives of children and families.