Gracious One, guide my footsteps along the path of your truth. Free me to preach your Word. Fill me with the fire of your love. Show me the way of Dominican Life. Lead me, that I may journey with a heart full of adoration, reparation, and thanksgiving in the company of Dominic, Catherine of Siena, Catherine DeRicci, Lucy Eaton Smith, our Dominican Sisters and our Associates. - Excerpt from de' RicciDominican Associates' Prayer
Today, February 4, 2013, is the feast of St. Catherine de Ricci, OP - a fitting day to celebrate both her life and her gift and legacy, especially as made flesh in the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci, now the newest members of Dominican Sisters of Peace. For the past several years, they have studied, prayed, and discerned about merging with other Dominican Sisters congregations, a discernment culminating in a ceremony and celebration of joyful union with the Dominican Sisters of Peace on December 15, 2012.
During this month, Associates of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci will be gathering for a time of prayer, remembering, and thanksgiving for their years of close association and ministry with their beloved congregation in the northern Virginia and upper New York - February 10, and Philadelphia area - February 17. From March through July, these Associates are invited to study, pray, and discern individually and in their groups about becoming Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in a commitment prayer service around or after the feast of St. Dominic in August 2013. We ask all to pray with and for them during this time of discernment and preparation.