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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Associate Advent Reflections

Monday, December 15, 2014

Spiritually Nourished
by Associate Marybeth Auletto, OPA
Forty-seven Sisters and Associates attended this year's Advent service in Columbus, OH, prepared by new Associates Kathy Kehnast and Rose Deffet. In keeping with the liturgical theme, we prayed, sang, and reflected on readings that spoke of Jesus' coming...and coming again. Each time I attend one of these events, I come away more relaxed and spiritually nourished. I also enjoy meeting and reconnecting with Associates and Sisters. We are blessed to be in a community that values spirituality through small group study and reflection. Thank you again to all who planned and participated in this peaceful event.

Advent – A Time for Reverence, Awe, and Wonder

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The world in which you were born is just one model of reality. Other cultures are not failed attempts at being you: they are unique manifestations of the human spirit."
- Wade Davis

As I watch the news these days, I am touched by the pain of so many in our country and in our world. Differences in perspectives and differences in realities can often lead to destructive and violent behaviors toward those who do not share the same model of reality. Even in my personal relationships, I can sometimes be less patient with those who share an opinion different from my own.

Unity and Freedom

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 49 and 50 - The promise of the Gospel is that we may be both free and united. That is the substance of shalom...That is an enormous promise, the one people in our time are waiting to hear. The promise of freedom is powerful to those who live coerced lives and are cut off from joy. The promise of unity is powerful to folks who are cut off from other people and from their own lives, who are frenzied and frantic because of their fragmentation (Reminiscent of what is going on now with the situation of Michael Brown, Eric Garner,—MA). As one reflects on the promise of freedom and unity and on the problem of coercion and fragmentation, the intersection of the two become clear...It is when we are fragmented in the hopeless effort to serve too many gods and honor too many priorities that we are coerced.

Looking In

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I live on the other side of murder. I have not lost a loved to murder...yet. I do not turn away from the "M" word. I cannot run from the experience of knowing the people behind the stories.

Being part of the Central Ohio Chapter of Parents of Murdered Children/Other Homicide Victims Survivors (POMC) has put me in touch with dimensions of grief that most will never experience: the dreaded phone call and reporters; law enforcement, coroners, prosecutors and defense attorneys; plea bargains and trials, sentences and convictions; appeals and parole blocks; and a judicial system that doesn't always mete out justice—and that's if the killer is apprehended. I continue to learn more than I ever wanted about "murder" issues; but this is the life of a survivor of a homicide victim(s). And I am there to support them.

An Advent/Winter Prayer for New Sight

Monday, December 8, 2014

"Then Jesus stopped and ordered that he be brought to him; and when he came near, Jesus asked him,'What do you want me to do for you?' He replied, 'Lord, please let me see.' Jesus told him, 'Have sight; your faith has saved you.'"
- Luke 18:35-43

This morning I woke to the first full snow fall of 2014. I was surprised at the wave of joy that overtook me when I opened the blinds and saw trees draped in their finest white; a blackbird burrowed in its self made snow fortress waiting for the wind to blow the last piece of seed from the feeder; an upended basketball hoop once an eyesore now a layered sculpture witness to the silenced memories of piercing screams of joy and defeat.

Francis (aka "@Pontifex") has sent you a Friend Request

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Really! He has sent each of us a friend request with his letter proclaiming the beginning of the Year of Consecrated Life. He even signed it like a friend would, "Francis." That was all. With real friends their name is enough. In this simple act, he has drawn us all into his circle of friends.

Unity and Right-mindedness

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace, pp. 49: The lack of unity we face lies not only between groups in our society but in the schizoid posture we come to take for granted in our own lives, so that in our carefully delineated roles, we are like the man possessed with a demon whose name was Legion (Mark 5:2-9). The Gospel wills us not to live that kind of life. After Jesus casts out the demon, the Gospel reports: They came to Jesus and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the very man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. (Mark 5:15) This is what Jesus does and what the church might be doing. He takes this man with a scattershot life and restores him to unity concerning his person. Notice the translation: "right mind." And notice also that when the others saw it, they were afraid. The world is afraid of right-minded—that is, single-minded—people.

No Mas, No More, We Must Stop the Dirty Wars.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"No mas, no more, we must stop the dirty wars."

These words, set to music, paint a collage of memories for me. Each year they are heard during the annual November Vigil at the School of the Americas, or WHINSEC. Through the years thousands of voices have carried the story of why we continue to hope and to pray for, not for just a conversion, but a transformation of peace in our United States policies.

An Associate at the School of the Americas Watch

Monday, December 1, 2014

Participation in the School of the Americas Watch is all about truth - veritas - that most fundamental of values at the core of Dominican spirituality. First comes the recognition of the truth, hard as it may appear and grievously as it may hurt; that, through our taxes, we have been supporting the School of the Americas (SOA). This is the institution that trained the military men who led the murders of Archbishop Romero, the Jesuit martyrs, their housekeeper and her daughter, the four American churchwomen who were raped and killed, and the killings, the disappearances, and the torture of hundreds of thousands of poor and often nameless men, women, and children in Latin America.

God's Constant Call is to Unity

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 48—First century Christians proclaimed that the world was not meant for alienation but for unity. The good news of unity was directed to the separated and the alienated. God aches at the disunity in the world. I want you to reflect on what kinds of things keep us at odds. Such factors include, at least, pride—of place and of accomplishments—greed for stuff and for power, fear, and misunderstanding. As I thought about this, it occurred to me that most obviously, fear is on the list as an agent of slavery and as an agent of separation. And surely in Jesus ‘ministry, everybody with whom he had to do—the well-off and the outcasts—everybody had an agenda of fears that immobilized and alienated. And it is not different now, is it?


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