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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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?

The Keystone XL Pipeline: Will We Choose Life?

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

One vote. That's what it took to defeat the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline bill. Of course, this controversial issue is not going away.

Is anyone communicating with facts? Those who support the pipeline continue in mantra-like form to proclaim that the pipeline is good for the economy. Is it really? The Courier-Journal reported that the creation of the pipeline would only produce 35 permanent jobs, another report indicated a maximum of 50 jobs. The pipe used in the pipeline would be produced in India, not in the U.S. The oil would go to other countries.

Tis the Season...for Prayer and Action

Monday, November 24, 2014

As I was listening to music this morning, a song came on with heavy lyrics about the cross. I clicked ahead, saying to myself, "This is almost Advent – they'll be time for that during Lent." However, for many, this will not be a season of joy:

"I admit, this is the time of year I used to love. Snuggling with my boys under blankets on the couch while we watched holiday movies, baking gingerbread cookies, and hoping for snow. Now, I approach this time of year with a level of dread."

"Taking the Long View"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"It helps, now and then, to step back and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our life time only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God's work."

(Excerpt from "A Future Not Our Own" by Bishop Ken Untener)

The World is Intended for Unity

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brueggemann, Peace: pp. 47 & 48—Whereas the Jesus texts were much more about freedom, Paul reflects much on unity. The central text of most of our current thinking about shalom is in Ephesians. Paul [or his disciples] writes. Remember that you were at that time without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall, that is, the hostility between us. He has abolished the law with its commandments and ordinances, that he might create in himself one new humanity in place of two, thus making peace (Ephesians 2:12-15).

Making Eye Contact

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Recently I received word that a former co-worker from Chicago died. As tributes arrived, I was moved by one that described his devotion to the homeless. He was always prepared to meet homeless men and women on the street, giving them hats and gloves. In Chicago winters they are vital! He also carried $5 McDonalds gift cards, perhaps providing the only food for the day.

He made eye contact! I say that because that often does not happen with many people. It is easy, on a busy day, to walk on by. Perhaps the most important response is to make eye contact, even if we don’t give a donation. Unfortunately, the homeless are not disappearing; in fact, 610,042 people experience homelessness on any given day in the United States. According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, 23% of the homeless population are children.

The reasons for homelessness are many:

Our Annual Mission Bazaar – More Than a Grand Reunion of Sisters and Associates

Monday, November 17, 2014

Each year for the past 50-60 years, as hunters head to Kansas for the opening of Pheasant Season on the second Saturday of November, other cars head to the Great Bend Dominican Motherhouse for our Annual Mission Bazaar. Throughout the year across the country Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace, many of their family members, and friends work on colorful and creative handmade items to be sold there to benefit our Daughter Congregation--the Nigerian Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, and their missions, as well as to assist persons in need among us here at home.

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