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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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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?

A Cantors Eye View

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Ana walked gracefully up the aisle holding her Christ Light aloft as the violinist played the processional song. We waited for her at the front of the church and were lifted up with the energy, joy, and enthusiasm of Ana and her procession of family, Sisters, friends, and witnesses that followed her up the aisle. They filed into the pews and the violinist, Ana's sister Lulu, joined us in the sanctuary where we would lead the music and prayer for this official Welcoming Ceremony for Ana as she entered our congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Our view from the sanctuary, as leaders of prayer and song, took in the smiles and tears, the prayer and solemnity of this occasion. We were part of a centuries old ritual welcoming new members into a Religious Congregation with a simple ceremony of psalms, prayers, requests, and responses.

A Troubling Concern

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

In the December 23 & 30, 2013 issue of The New Yorker, James Carroll has penned a comprehensive article on Pope Francis titled "Who Am I To Judge: A Radical Pope's First Year." He notes how Francis’ concern for the poor has taken front and center in his papacy; so much so that he holds nothing back in speaking of this concern.

Language As Power

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Joan Chittister once stated that unless sexist language was replaced by inclusive language, sexism would continue to be a part of everyday life. What is more basic than language? Language hurts and heals. Words that disrespect end relationships, and in some cases, stay with a person for a lifetime.

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