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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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.

From Dream to Fulfillment

Monday, March 2, 2015

It was just a year ago that Associate Conni Dubick and I visited the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace in New Orleans and Houma, LA. At that time several Louisianans were discerning a call to Dominican Associate Life, and a dream of a Peace Center in the Marleyville neighborhood was still in the planning stage. Sisters and Associates gathered one evening at our house on Bancroft for a social, and Sr. Suzanne Brauer OP shared with the group that she was also discerning a call to be part of the team to serve at the Peace Center. The excitement and interest among both Sisters and Associates was palpable as several Associates spoke of how they might help by offering themselves, their time and gifts in various ways.

Dialogue: Building a Bridge toward Peace and Racial Unity

Friday, February 27, 2015

With the end of February 2015 upon us, the celebration of National Black History Month for 2015 is also drawing to a close. The celebration of Black History Month this year provided me with opportunities to discuss with others the difficult topic of "race" in peaceful dialogue. While undeniable progress has been made in the decades since the civil rights movement, regrettably, the racial divide in America is still quite real. Having open and meaningful dialogue around this concern is essential to understanding each perspective and moving toward peaceful unity. Dialogue is a bridge that can lead to peace and unity.

The Lord of Freedom is in Control

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Brueggemann, Peace: Understanding Biblical Themes: pp. 59-61 — What does it mean that the Lord of Freedom controls the brickyards? Of course it says something about this Lord. It says that "Let-my-people-go" is powerful and for us. It says to us: "Get out from under the load of oppression and coercion." The Lord's intention is that we should not have to lead that kind of life, no matter how much the technological, bureaucratic propaganda of the regime lays on us. The Lord is for freedom and is powerful enough to introduce freedom into the grimmest brickyard there could be. That is the odd faith of the children of Israel to which we are heirs. It says the Lord has not abandoned the world.But what it says about us!

Celebrating Black History Month

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Recently sports fans mourned the death of Dean Smith, legendary coach of the University of North Carolina basketball team. He was a Hall of Fame coach, but more important, a Hall of Fame human being. As tributes poured in, one stood out, pointing to his living a life of justice and integrity. He began his career in segregated North Carolina and was determined to challenge the system of segregation by inviting an African American friend to dinner at a local restaurant. After a delay, both were finally served. He knew keeping integrity intact was more important than success on the basketball court.

Did You Mean to Call Me or Someone Else?

Monday, February 23, 2015

At our house, we often get calls that are meant for someone at the nearby Akron Motherhouse or Elms High School or Grade School. So my first thought as I answer answer the house phone is "Did you mean to call me or someone else?" And sometimes when I get a sneaky feeling that God is calling me to do something that makes me uncomfortable, or seems to move me in a new and unknown direction, I prefer to think "Surely that call is for someone else, not for me..." so I can go my merry way.

God Recycles! God made us out of dust!

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, marked the beginning of Lent. As a cross of ash was traced on our forehead we heard the sobering words, "Remember, you are dust and unto dust you shall return."

Lent invites us to turn towards God again - taking stock of our lives - checking the coordinates on our life's GPS. Are we blindly following Siri or the voice of Google Maps? Now is the time to get out the "real map" and double check our direction in light of our ultimate end.

Wholly Giving

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Today Jesus asks his disciples if they still haven't "gotten" it yet: are they still hard of heart, whether they have eyes but cannot see; or ears but they do not hear. Scripture scholars who have studied the culture of the time call this the "eye-ear-heart" triangle. When these are mentioned together they refer to the totality of one's being, one's "all", one's personhood. We hear it similarly in "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and strength." Or as we will hear tomorrow, "Return to the Lord with your whole heart, with fasting, and weeping and mourning." Our hearts, our eyes, our ears, ourselves. Jesus questions not just the disciples' figuring him out, but their commitment, the quality of their relationship, which they discover, as we do, is all about giving ourselves over to God, and opening our hearts in God's love, to others.

Gender and Hunger

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

In their annual report, Bread for the World states: "Discrimination against women is a major cause of persistent hunger. Women are the primary agents the world relies on to fight hunger. Discrimination is the reason women are paid less than men, have lower levels of education and fewer assets, and have to spend more time on unpaid care. Thus, development policies and programs that empower women contribute directly to ending hunger."

Every year Bread for the World provides a clear and comprehensive report on hunger, its causes and solutions. The plight of women living in poverty and denied basic human rights remains a cornerstone of the problem, and the need for a change in attitude toward women remains an ongoing challenge.

Reflecting on Scripture and Living the Gospel

Monday, February 16, 2015

"To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the Gospel that I may share with them in its blessings."
-  1 Corinthians 9:22-23

The season of Lent begins this week and with it yet another opportunity to reflect on Scripture and the essential messages we can take into our hearts and minds. Recent Sunday readings from Job 7 and 1 Corinthians 9 reminded me of several realities of my spirituality.

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