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Dominican Sisters of Peace is a US-based congregation of Catholic Dominicans that includes about 600 Sisters and 500 Associates living and serving in 37 states and in eight additional countries. As part of the worldwide Order of Preachers (Order of St. Dominic), the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace strive to preach the Gospel of Christ Jesus through word and action, serving God's people in many ministerial areas, including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, and care of creation, among others.

Dominican Sisters of Peace

Together in Life, Death, New Life

Monday, October 6, 2014

"I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart in the company and assembly of the just." - Psalm 111:1b

Dominican Road Trip Anyone?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Where can you hear the vocation stories of two Dominican Sisters of Peace and have the opportunity to ask questions about religious life and other spiritual matters?

Answer...the live Motherhouse Road Trip Podcast hosted by A Nun’s Life Ministry! The live audio and video Podcast will feature the Dominican Sisters of Peace on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 5 to 6pm EST in Columbus, OH. Please be sure to mark your calendar to join us online for great conversation and interaction with our Sisters.

What Keeps Us From Knowing Deep Joy?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Brueggemann, p. 43: "For freedom, Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery...For you were called to freedom, brothers and sisters" (Galatians 5:1, 13). Obviously, the freedom Paul discovered in the gospel was not an invitation to irresponsibility, nor was it a promise that there would be no more burdens or hardships. But now they are the responsibilities, burdens, and hardships of a free person, one not driven, but one facing options and having the power to choose the good news against all the bad forms of news that make promises that can never be kept. Slavery is many different things. Whatever the slavery that binds a person, that is the one that counts. Let us characterize slavery simply as that which keeps us from being joyous. When we locate that, we will be close to the source of our oppression.

We the People, We the Voters

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

They are going to Iowa, Minnesota, Illinois, Michigan, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, Louisiana, Georgia and Colorado. They are, Nuns on the Bus, traveling on a mission that is vitally important to this country. On every stop Sr. Simone Campbell and sisters from around the country will talk about the crisis of income inequality. The middle class is shrinking and the poor are getting poorer. Network and religious organizations around the country continue to urge congress to raise the minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour. No one yet has asked members of congress if they could live on $7.25 an hour!

Mountain-size student loan debt continues to be ignored by congress, even when a moderate bill is introduced to lower the percentage of the loan. Equal pay for equal work continues to be a dream for women.

Seeing with the Eyes of God

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo Credit: Proof of Life © copyright Dave Ruddock 2014

"I was once approached by a man and asked if I would take his picture, so that someone would have proof that he had lived."
"A Record of My Being – Images and Imaginings" by Dave Ruddock (2014 MyPublisher)

Recently I was given a book entitled "A Record of My Being-Images and Imaginings" by Dave Ruddock. This book was a gift in several ways. Now, the Oxford definition of "gift" gives several meanings: 1)an act of giving someone a present; 2)a natural ability or talent; and 3) an 'unmissable' opportunity. With Dave’s book, I was gifted with a collection of photographs with reflections; the opportunity to view his photographic talent and imaginings; and inherent in this gift, I received an 'unmissable' opportunity to accept a challenge.

Called by God...Ignited by Compassion...Hearts on Fire for the Mission

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Called by God...ignited by compassion...hearts on fire for the mission

Why would someone become a sister nowadays? This was one of the questions I frequently heard when I started to discern religious life.

But really, why are we who we are, and why do we do what we do?

About three weeks ago, younger Dominicans came together in San Antonio for the "Dominican Women Afire" gathering. We explored ways of moving into the future together while we surfaced the needs of our times.

There is no Planet B

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Our first impression of the People's Climate March was that there were a lot of people. The organizers reported that over 400,000 people marched to show the leaders coming to New York City for the Climate Summit that saving our planet was important. NPR called those of us who marched ‘activists’ and there was an amazing diversity of people and causes…long hair, short hair, curly and straight hair, blond, brown, blue and green hair. And that was just the men! Small children rode on their parents’ shoulders; seniors were pushed in wheelchairs; students and teachers; doctors and nurses walked in solidarity, and only in New York, dogs watched from baby strollers. I walked next to a man in a suit and a young woman covered in tattoos. Religious sisters, Buddhists, Muslims, and Jews came together for this common cause. Along the route, we saw a group sitting in meditation as we passed by.

Connecticut Associates Imagine Sitting Beside God and Listening for God's Word of Peace

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Each day I take time to sit in the silence of the present moment in the presence of God. I breathe in the spirit of peace. I imagine sitting beside God and I listen for God’s word of peace."
- LIVING PEACE, John Dear

The Connecticut Dominican Associates of Peace gathered at the Caritas Center in Hamden, CT, to take time 'to sit in the silence of the present moment' for their annual day of reflection. The theme of the day was "Becoming Peace/Continuing to Become Peace" and the group of 14 Associates with the Associates Co-Directors joined in prayer, reflection, song and sharing throughout the day.

If Today You Hear God’s Voice, Harden Not Your Heart!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Some of you are probably too young to remember the TV ad of a bygone era that proclaimed, "When E. F. Hutton speaks, everybody listens!" Well, God's got it all over E.F. Hutton, and it’s inspiring to see the response young women make when they detect within themselves the rumblings of a possible "call" from God to consecrated life. They listen - and are moved to take action. For some, this newly dawning "awareness of call" can be scary, confusing and even anxiety producing. For most, it is recognized as something very important—not to be suppressed or ignored. Whenever possible, it's always good to find others who are feeling similarly so you can reflect together on what you are experiencing, and share to what God may be inviting you.

Time to Man Up

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

By now most television watchers have seen the video of Baltimore Ravens player, Ray Rice, hit his girlfriend in an elevator and drag her face down, like a sack of flour, out of the elevator. What was as shocking as this event was the response before the full video appeared. The Ravens owner, general manager, and coach defended Rice. Ravens fans gave Rice a standing ovation when he took the field in a preseason game. Law enforcement officials in New Jersey permitted Rice to begin counseling, and this will result in all charges being erased from his record. Michael Vick received a 19 month prison sentence for engaging in dog fights. Is the message, dogs are more important than women?

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