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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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Being a Voice for the Voiceless on January 11

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Many of us are coping with the chilling, subzero weather. Fortunately, the heat in my home is working and the brutal cold will subside soon. What has not subsided is the chilling reality that human trafficking continues to flourish, with an estimated 21+ million victims worldwide.

The reality of sex and labor slaves will be the focus once again on January 11, when religious and social justice organizations initiate prayer services, wear white ribbons and call for strengthening laws to combat human trafficking. We do this for people like Barbara Amaya, who at the age of 12 became a sex slave.

Advent/Christmas Peace Projects & Celebrations

Monday, January 6, 2014

As in years past, many Dominican Associates of Peace gathered at various locales around the country during the holidays to work on group projects and to celebrate together. We are pleased to share with you a snapshot (click here) of some of these ways Dominican Associates share in community and in the preaching mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. If you'd like to learn more about becoming an Associate, click here for basic information, or contact us by email at amcfrederick@oppeace.org or cdubick@oppeace.org, or call us toll-free at 855.313.3131. 

The New Year Brings the Hopes and Dreams of Many

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

As we finish the last chapter of 2013 and turn the page to 2014, we naturally become reflective. For all who work for peace and justice, the challenges of 2013 were daunting:

Babylonians, Romans, Knights and Us

Monday, December 30, 2013

Today is really the last day, since by midnight tomorrow, it's time to begin: time to begin implementing one or several New Year's resolutions. The custom of making resolutions at the beginning of a calendar year is documented in the ancient history of the Babylonians, Romans, and medieval knights. They might be promises to gods to repay debts, or commitments to chivalry, self-improvement, good works, or good looks (researched by Jackson Alexander, Oklahoma State University).

Miracle on Eld Street

Thursday, December 19, 2013

This week we began the O Antiphons (today, O Root of Jesse!), and they remind us we are getting close to the celebration of Christmas! There is so much anticipation, waiting, excitement, and hope associated with this glorious Advent season.

Evangelization and the Holy Goose

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Pope Francis declares in Evangelii Gaudium, "Evangelization takes place in obedience to the missionary mandate of Jesus: 'Go therefore and make disciples of all nations'….In these verses we see how the risen Christ sent his followers to preach the Gospel in every time and place, so that faith in him might spread to every corner of the earth. The word of God constantly shows us how God challenges those who believe in him 'to go forth.' Each Christian and every community must discern the path that the Lord points out but all of us are asked to obey his call to go forth from our own comfort zone in order to reach all the 'peripheries' in need of the light of the Gospel." Even in a department store in the midst of the Christmas rush! Last Thursday, I was in a queue of eleven customers waiting to have our purchases checked out. Of the five stations, my line was the shortest.

A Call for Responsible Legislating on the Farm Bill

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What do those who own family farms, conservationists and all who call for sustainable agriculture have in common? They are all concerned with the proposed farm bill coming from the House (H.R. 2646). This bill, which has not made its way to the Senate, has much to disappoint those who care about Earth and justice for farmers.

The following are a few of the weaknesses of the bill:

Can Our Voices Build the Roar to Shake the World?

Monday, December 16, 2013

"I invite all the institutions of the world, the church, each of us, as one single human family, to give a voice to all those who suffer silently from hunger, so that this voice becomes a roar which can shake the world."

Pope Francis, Global Wave of Prayer address

Where are you?

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Where are you?

Sister Nancy Schreck, OSF, used this question - the same one God had spoken to the man and woman in the garden in Genesis - "Where are you?" to challenge those of us present at the Religious Formation Conference Congress in St. Louis, MO, November 14-17, 2013.

Where are you?

Are you in the Philippines helping to relieve the suffering of the people after the typhoon? Are you in your neighborhood working to help eliminate violence of all kinds? Are you teaching? Are you caring for the sick or the poor or the elderly? Are you spending time in contemplation for the healing of yourself and the world? Are you in the struggle and in the dialogue within the Church and with those in society who continue to deny the gifts of women.

A Call to Be an Obnoxious Goose!

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Reading Pope Francis' exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel) reminded me of an image shared by Rev. George Smiga in the publication Living With Christ (May 2010). "The presence of God is vast and varied. That is why we can find so many different images of the Spirit. Jesus draws from the legal sphere to describe the Spirit as a 'Paraclete' or 'Advocate'. He using the image of a prosecuting attorney who will lead the disciples against the evils of the world. An old Celtic tradition builds upon this image, presenting the Holy Spirit as a goose. A goose honks loudly and forcibly inserts itself into its surroundings. When we sense God's presence as a dramatic force, grabbing us by the neck and impelling us in directions we would rather avoid, we should know that the Spirit is alive within us. We cannot limit the scope of God's action.

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