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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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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.

We Weather Together Through the Snow

Monday, February 10, 2014

"…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38 (New American Bible)

As I heard this read at prayers last Thursday, I thought 'neither snow, nor drifts, nor cancellations, nor snowpacked roads' would keep our Dominican Volunteers or I from coming to Heartland Center for Spirituality in Kansas in February, with God's help!

Where Is the "Path" Leading You?

Thursday, February 6, 2014

One of my fondest childhood memories includes waiting excitedly each year for the annual television presentation of the "Wizard of Oz." Even as an adult it remains one of my favorite films. So, I was intrigued and excited when our retreat facilitator, Dominican Sister of Peace, Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP, revealed that she would be using this enchanting movie as the theme for our upcoming vocation retreat! What possible wisdom can the tale of Dorothy's mythical journey hold for a woman in the 21st century trying to discern what to do with the rest of her life – especially if she is entertaining the thought of a possible religious vocation? What insights can Dorothy and her companions help reveal about God's call or "path" for her life? I think you will find they will be great guides for the journey!

Christ on the Hoof

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

And yet more from the Denys Turner book on Thomas Aquinas.

Making a Difference on the March Sabbath Weekend

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sad to say, our country has grown accustomed to gun violence, as senseless tragedies mount. Over 30,000 people in the United States die from gunshot wounds each year, many of whom are children. After every tragedy, vigils and demonstrations are held, editorials written, speeches made on the urgent need for responsible gun control legislation. Like clockwork, NRA leadership steps forward to oppose common sense legislation, and congress, desiring money for political campaigns, caves in, and again no legislation is passed.

Bingo, Pope Francis, and Spiritual Conversion

Monday, February 3, 2014

Dominican Associates of Peace come in all sizes, shapes, ages, geographic origins, marital status, life experiences, and political allegiances. Thus to find a "game" that all could play might seem difficult to do. However, a game created by NETWORK, the National Catholic Social Justice Lobby, called "State of the Union Bingo: Pope Francis Edition" seems to have come very close!

"Who, Me?"

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Hi, my name is Sr. June Fitzgerald and I am a Dominican Sister of Peace. I am new to this Ministry of WelcomeTeam (aka Vocation Ministry) and am excited to have the opportunity to invite women to consider Religious Life and to walk with them as they discern their call. I am blessed, grateful, and amazed that God chose me to do this work – actually, I am amazed that God called me to be a Sister in the first place.

You see, I was not very religious growing up. Yes, we went to church and I had all of the sacraments but, that was basically it for me. I prayed to God when I needed something or was really sorry about something and didn't know how to fix the mess I was in. I even read the Bible on occasion but had a difficult time getting past Genesis. Ever have that experience?

Drinking from the Wisdom of God

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

More from the book on Thomas Aquinas (whose feast we celebrated yesterday) authored by Denys Turner, pp. 30-32:

Building an Economy That Works for Everyone

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

As with much legislation in Washington these days, the minimum wage proposal is fraught with disagreement, partisan posturing, and myth. The federal minimum wage has been stuck at $7.25 an hour for several years, with no sign of moving up. If the 1968 federal minimum wage kept up with inflation, it would be $10.75 an hour today. Imagine working full time for $7.25 an hour and trying to pay for rent, utilities, food, transportation, and health insurance. As a result, many workers need government assistance with food stamps, housing assistance, or Medicaid to get by.

Dominicans Demonstrate Solidarity

Monday, January 27, 2014

The movement of people across boundaries is part of a collective human experience. There is an element of this experience that must be eradicated: the trafficking of human beings through the use of fraud, force, and coercion for the purpose of forced prostitution or forced labor.
- Committee on Migration, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace articulate a commitment to "promote justice through solidarity with those who are marginalized, especially women and children." So when we read the compelling message from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, we ask ourselves, what can we as individuals and as groups do in solidarity against human trafficking?

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