The Dominican Sisters of Peace convened their Second General Chapter at the Marriott Hotel in St. Louis, April 6-12, 2015. The congregation elected new leaders for the term 2015-2021. Sr. Pat Twohill, OP, was elected Prioress, along with Srs. Therese Leckert, OP, Gemma Doll, OP, Gene Poore, OP, and Anne Lythgoe, OP,  Councilors. Srs. Therese, Gemma and Gene were elected to a second term. Srs. Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress, and Councilor Joan Scanlon, OP, will complete their terms August 8. Read more...

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Change or Transformation?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

I am putting a hold on finishing up the brickyard until next week because I want to share with you an insight gleaned last evening from a presentation given by Sr. Pat Kozak, CSJ. She addressed a group of us on the women in the New Testament who in-fluenced Jesus, widening and deepening his understanding of his mission. Addressing the call of the gospel to a transformation of consciousness—a profound shift in awareness, she spoke of the difference between change and transformation.

Change

  • arises from our own initiatives
  • involves a strategy of behavior
  • post-change awareness is on the same level as life before the change.

In other words, change fixes things but doesn't resolve issues.

Transformation

The Challenge of My Viewpoint

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

In my 18 years in ministry with the economic poor, I have served persons of many national backgrounds and ethnic groups. Coming from an Anglo-German and Bohemian background I have had much to learn about the differing cultures, world views, family customs and even gestures that are and are not acceptable. There is always more to learn and to adjust about my own thoughts and actions so I can serve God’s people as I am called to do.

GO GREEN!

Monday, March 16, 2015

We are just past the midpoint of Lent, Laetare Sunday is just behind us, St. Patrick's Day with the wearin' of the green is upon us, the air is warming, snow is melting - SPRING is almost here, and EASTER is fast approaching. Let hearts and feet dance with joy!

What do a writer, a social worker, a physical therapist, and a software engineer have in common? Answer: They are all discerning a call to Religious Life.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

"Rabbi, where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and you will see."
- John 1:39

Yes, women and men are still responding to God's Call to Religious Life as Sisters, Brothers, Priests, Monks, and Nuns. This past weekend we welcomed 6 women to our motherhouse for a Discernment retreat. The theme of the retreat was, "God, where is the home you have prepared for Me?"

Shalom Infers Resurrection

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 61—63

Backpage.com and March Madness

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

March is that time of year when basketball fans come alive. Tournaments around the country draw hundreds of thousands of fans who spare no expense to support their favorite teams. The madness that concerns me is of another kind. This exciting basketball season often brings with it a spike in commercial sex trafficking, specifically, human trafficking.

Do Dominic and Catherine Know What They Started?

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sr. Amy McFrederick and I visit with Dominican Associates of Peace in person at regional gatherings, on conference calls with Mentor Teams and Associates Committees, and individually through emaiI or phone. We are continually amazed when we hear Associate voices describing their spiritual journey, personal and community ministries and dedication to preaching the Gospel. I often wonder what Dominic and Catherine think of the Associates presence with the Sisters today? Could they have imagined that their call to preaching centuries ago has resulted in inspirational lives chosen by over 600 Dominican Associates of Peace?

How Do You Pray?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

This weekend I will have the opportunity to participate with all those who come for the Come and See weekend in Columbus, Ohio. I have been asked to give a personal witness on prayer, especially Dominican prayer as a vehicle for communion with God and neighbor. As I prayed about this talk and worked through the flow of what I hope to share, I also went back to a presentation I had in one of my ForMission (Religious Formation Conference program for persons working in formation ministry in religious congregations) sessions in January of this year. Sr. Colleen Mallon, OP, Ph.D, from Mission San Jose, presented on the topic of Communion/Communal life: Perspectives from Theology and Ecclesiology.

A New Policy

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 61—62 The Gospel of Mark begins with a challenge: The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news (1:15). A new policy is being implemented, a policy that ends all coercion. The battle raged, and it was by no means clear how it would turn out. Decisively on the cross, the gospel of Mark presents the coercive, chaotic powers having their day. And, indeed, it seemed on Friday night that they had won, The voice of freedom was silence in the land. But the gospel has the right word at the right place. Jesus, dead on the cross, clearly defeated, was abandoned by all, by all except one Roman soldier, a man under authority, who was used to determining who was in charge. From his mouth comes this incredible conclusion: "Truly this man was God’s Son!" (Mark 15-39).

Stories That Matter: Women in History

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

"I do know one thing about me: I don’t measure myself by others' expectations or let others define my worth."
- Sonia Sotomayer

They are scientists, professors, astronauts, civil rights leaders, engineers, aviators. They are women. March 2015 is the 35th anniversary of the Women's History Movement. Women have made great contributions in all the professions listed above, but few would know that from reading mainstream history. "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives," the theme of this year's Women’s History Month, provides an opportunity "to weave women's stories, individually and collectively, into the fabric of our nations' history." Knowing women's achievements challenges stereotypes and discards assumptions.

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