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On Thursday, January 22, eight Chinese women who had been rescued from Massage Parlors the week before came for lunch to the Columbus Motherhouse. Along with the women were two Social Workers and an Asian Interpreter. All the women spoke Mandarin. Srs. Annunciata, and Catherine Malya, along with Catherine Malya's sister, Mary Chen, ate lunch at the table with the women. Vanessa Brown, Administrator of the Motherhouse, had arranged for the women to have "goodie bags." Activity Director, Carol O’Connor, went shopping for items like Chinese candies, Mandarin oranges, and personal items. The Sisters helped put the bags together. Sr. Germaine welcomed the women and told them how happy we were that they could join us. So many of the Sisters went over to the women’s table to say, "Hello" and to welcome them!
Dominican Sister of Peace Susan M. Leslie, OP, relays the story of her encounter with the face of human trafficking in Peru.
From November 6 to 18, I had the opportunity to travel to the southern Amazon jungle of Peru. I was part of a delegation of four women religious from four different congregations, and from four different countries, all currently living in Peru. We are members of the Red Kawsay. "Red" is Spanish for network. "Kawsay" is Quechua and means life in all its fullness. This network is a daughter network of Talitha Kum, a project of the International Union of General Superiors. Talitha Kum and the Red Kawsay (RK) work toward a society without human trafficking. The RK falls under the auspices of the National Conference of Religious in Peru (CONFER or CRP).
NEW HAVEN, CT - On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Margaret Uche was welcomed as a candidate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a ceremony held at Albertus Magnus College in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel. Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress, welcomed Margaret in the name of the congregation. Sisters and Associates from the area, including Mission Group East, the local community and the Ministry of Welcome Team: Sr. Pat Dual, OP, Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP, and Sr. Pat Twohill, OP, participated. Also in attendance were Margaret's brother, Dr. Gregory Uche, representing the Uche family, and Dr. Julia McNamara, President of Albertus Magnus College. Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP, Formation Minister, presided at the prayer service.
MEMPHIS, TN - St. Agnes Acacemy (SAA) students Anna Stavrum, Gabby Willingham, Emily Drewry and Grace Ashbery represented St. Agnes Academy at the 2014 Dominican Preaching Conference held at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. St. Agnes Academy was one of 26 Dominican high schools from across the country to participate in this Conference. The St. Agnes ladies learned more about the four Dominican pillars of Study, Prayer, Community, and Service, and how they can apply these pillars to their school leadership and to their daily lives. They learned that preaching is something that takes place not only from the pulpit, but from service and leading their lives in a way as to be an example for others. Anna, Gabby, Emily, and Grace are retreat leaders at St.
COLUMBUS, OH - Kathryn Bachman didn't know what to expect when she and four of her Ohio Dominican University classmates stepped onto a van and embarked on a nine-hour, 580-mile trip to Rockville Centre, New York.
The ODU students traveled to Molloy College for the 12th annual Preaching in Action Conference, which was held May 20-25. The conference offers students from Dominican colleges and universities an opportunity to learn about the charism of preaching and how they can incorporate that preaching into their daily lives.
WATERFORD, MI - Lourdes Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center is partnering with Mercy Home Care's Cardiac Partners Program to assist people who have experienced various medical conditions to continue care in the comfort of their own home.
NEW YORK, NY - This past Saturday night, the 30-member Dominican Academy Glee Club sang as part of the 150-member New England Symphonic Ensemble along with choirs from Indiana, North Carolina, and Oklahoma on the main stage at Carnegie Hall. They were accompanied by a full orchestra. Ruth Dwyer, a treble clef specialist, was the guest conductor. Among the eight selections in the Playbill were included: "It's a Grand Night for Singing" from Rogers & Hammerstein's State Fair; Mozart's Laudamus Te; and an Irish folk tune, "Beidh Aonach Amarach." The Memorial Day weekend performance concluded with Samuel A.
PROVIDENCE, RI - At its May 18, 2014, commencement ceremony, Providence College conferred an honorary doctorate of Religious Education on Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, prioress of the congregation. In presenting the honor, the citation read:
Your faithful devotion to Dominican ideology and ideals has inspired generations of religious and lay persons touched by your teaching, ministry, and example. As an acknowledged and admired leader among Dominican women over the course of your extraordinary career and ministry, you have had an immense impact on the Order and the lives of so many who have followed the call to religious life.
COLUMBUS, OH - The 2014 Nehemiah Action meeting, which focuses on one social-justice issue each year, was held on May 12. This year, BREAD's member congregations, which number more than 50 and include Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate Bev Orazen, OPA, decided to take on finding a solution to the inadequate care often received by the mentally ill.
BREAD is a faith-based organization, made up of 50 congregations throughout Franklin County that are religiously and racially diverse. "One of the great joys of being part of this organization," said Associate Bev Orazen, "is that I have the opportunity to share faith, friendship and understanding with people that I might never have had the chance to meet in the ordinary course of my life. It has been unimaginably enriching."