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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.

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Women Religious Contemplate Next Steps to “Wake up the World”

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Religious women have always been on the cutting edge of anticipating and answering the needs of society. Many religious have also embraced the challenge in Pope Francis that we should be "women and men who are able to wake up the world." And so the question becomes, "How do we nurture and engage the next generation of young women to "wake up the world" as vowed religious spreading the joy of the gospel?" On February 18-19, 2014, over 25 congregations gathered in Chicago, IL to brainstorm and share ideas around continuing the hope filled process of promoting religious life in the 21st century. The event was sponsored by the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) which is an important partner in the ongoing work of supporting vocations in the Church.

What it Means to Be A Christian

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

As many of you know, I am an Adjunct Professor of Homiletics at St. Mary Seminary in Cleveland, OH. I know that they learn much from me; however, in turn, I learn much from them. Last week, my students had their first preaching practicum; their homilies were drawn from the scriptures of the 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time. One student, Robert McWilliams, began with the following question: "Does being a Christian, a temple of God, one belonging to Christ, color and highlight every facet of our lives in a way that the world knows that we believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are made for more, that we are made for love?" Wow! that sat us up straight! He went on to develop that what we do is important but it is not the defining characteristic of being Christian. What defines us and makes all the difference is the lens through which we view the world, our lives, each other.

Sacred Space

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sacred Space. What image comes to mind when you think of a sacred space?

For many, the image would be of a church, synagogue, or mosque. Special moments such as Baptisms, First Communions, and marriages are images that easily appear as sacred moments in a sacred space.

It was to such a sacred space that a young woman came on a Saturday in August a few years ago in Owensboro, Kentucky. The doors to this Catholic Church were open as usual, reflecting the desire of the parish to be open and accepting of all people. This young woman came to pray the Stations of the Cross as she frequently did in the past. She was alone with her thoughts and her God. What she did not know at the time was that she really was not alone.

“Love is Gentle, Kind, Never Boastful" . . . An Invitation to Send a Valentine Out of Season

Monday, February 24, 2014

Have you noticed, we are in the midst of a pre-event publicity campaign? Take a look at the homepage of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, there is a new tab: Catholic Sisters Week. Google the same things and a growing list of web pages is appearing. There is a February 7 article in National Catholic Reporter detailing the three year event. Check out the Hilton Foundation’s website, they are the sponsoring organization. In each of these you have an invitation to be a part of this year's event.

A Journey Home from the Emerald City!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The recent "Come and See Retreat" became for a few days, the "WAIT and SEE Retreat" as we wondered, "Would those who signed up to attend be able to make it to the Martin de Porres Center with such bad weather criss-crossing the nation?" Planes and busses were expected from Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas, Virginia and central Ohio, but in the end, with only one cancellation, we put on our Ruby Slippers and went forward.

"Follow your dreams and give yourself to your passion! Give yourself to something greater than yourself, the Gospel, and ask yourself, "Can I be myself without excessive anxiety, and can I be myself in the company of the Dominican Sisters of Peace?"" These were just a few of the challenges Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP, shared as she led all more deeply into the theme, "Discovering Home: The Wizard of Oz and Discernment."

An Examination of Conscience

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Watching the Olympics always affects me in two ways: a sense of awe at the feats performed and an uneasy, almost guilty, feeling engendered by the athletes' focused and terrible dedication to their sport. I say terrible because the athlete is not to be dissuaded from his/her intent on becoming the best, no matter the price. In that awareness, I am forced to ask myself: Do I have that same terrible dedication to living the Gospel? to being at all times a living preaching of the Gospel? The Olympics always serve as an examination of conscience for me.

Connecting the Dots

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"There is class warfare all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we are winning."  - Warren Buffet

Recently, the newly-elected Mayor of New York, Bill deBlasio, came under criticism for keeping public schools in session on a day when New York City was hit by another snow storm. What was he thinking? His response, "…for many children in public schools, their lunch will be the only meal they will have on this day." Startling, but true. Government funded school lunch programs provide a hot, nutritious meal for millions of students around the country.

Welcome to New Associates in Houma, Louisiana

Monday, February 17, 2014

"We commit ourselves to be women of peace who: create welcoming communities, inviting others to join us as vowed members, associates, volunteers, and partners in our mission to be the Holy Preaching."
2009 Chapter Commitments

Dominicans Sisters and Associates of Peace are happy to welcome newly committed Associates in Houma, Louisiana. The following are excerpts from Sr. Suzanne Brauer’s reflections shared at their recent Commitment Ceremony.

"Dominic walked, preached, praised and ministered because God had called him to do that in Spain, France and Rome. We are here today because God has called seven beautiful Louisiana women to join him in the walk for God, the Walk of Holy Preaching. They are Gayle Domangue, Patricia (Teesie) Domangue, Mary Evans, Margaret Kohmann, Beth Ledet, Joanne Morrison, and Jane Quatman.

What is Your Heart's Desire? Who and What Makes You Smile?

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Do you love running, soccer, biking? Reading? Listening to music? Praying? Dabbling with paints or in photography? Studying? Dancing? Spending time with close friends? Making a difference through service?

Are you aware of the times in your life when you are fully engaged in the moment?

Are you aware of the times when you are wishing you were somewhere else or doing something else?

Making Lemonade with the Lemons of Past Laws

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Last year, in an ill-advised decision, the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965. This action eliminated the protections that millions of people of color, elderly, young voters, and the poor have depended on in states with the worst history of voting discrimination. This stunning decision has made it easier for voter discrimination to fly under the radar in the former Confederate States of America.


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