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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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The Journey to the School of the Americas Continues

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Thousands of concerned citizens from around the United States will travel to Ft. Benning, Georgia, for the School of the Americas demonstration, November 22-24, to call for its closing. In response to substantial numbers of opponents to the existence of the school, the U.S. government closed the doors in 2000; however, it reopened in 2001 with the name Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation. The response from the SOA Watch: "different name, same shame." In the shame spotlight are graduate-dictators notorious for their brutality and human-rights violations, including Argentina's Leopoldo Galtieri, Rios Montt of Guatemala, Raoul Condras of Haiti, and Roberto D'Aubuisson, who killed and tortured thousands during the civil war in El Salvador.

A rainbow appeared and the dove returned with an olive branch

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veteran's Day is a "celebration to honor all of America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good." In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day with the following words: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" (source: Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs).

10 Tips for Positive Aging

Friday, November 8, 2013

"As we age, our spiritual pace quickens."
~ Richard P. Johnson, PhD

Preach, Build, Be Peace

Thursday, November 7, 2013

As Dominican Sisters and Associates, preaching is our charism – the gift that we receive and the gift we are called to share. Yet, often I find it challenging to 'preach' about my faith in public circles and prefer sharing quietly how God is active in my life and in the lives of those I love, a way of preaching that each of us often does on a daily basis.

A recent example of how I witnessed God acting in my life and in the lives of others was at the Leadership for Peace orientation weekend in October. Women from Ohio Dominican University who were recommended to participate in this program openly shared how God and their faith have blessed them with strength and guidance. Their willingness to share added depth and meaning to the gathering and became a preaching to me, and I think to the others present, too.

In God We Live and Move and Have Our Being

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The topic of my class for deacons last week was "paying attention" - growing in awareness that God is at work all around us and within us. We determined that recognizing God's daily presence depended a great deal upon our perception of God. Do we live the truth of Paul's statement, "In God we live and move and have our being?" Once again, I refer to Fr. Robert Barron's words in his book Bridging the Great Divide: "God is not so much somewhere else as somehow else. What emerges from this… is the insight that God is totally other and unspeakably close. God pours himself out with reckless abandon into every nook and cranny of finitude, and he can draw finitude infinitely beyond himself.

The Deadly Journey to Freedom

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or are forced to leave their home for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all, for being more.
~ Pope Francis

Headlines from the Associated Press on November 4 reported that a wooden boat with 70 refugees sank off the western coast of Myanmar in the Bay of Bengal. Only eight survivors were recovered from the boat, which had been carrying many women, children, and infants. History continues to repeat itself in this region because of sectarian violence during the last 18 months. Victims have been Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority in a predominately Buddhist nation.

Ministering at Retreat Houses

Monday, November 4, 2013

Preaching the Gospel as Dominican Associates of Peace takes many forms. This week, we're delighted to share blurbs from two of our Associates on their retreat ministries, in Michigan and Kansas respectively.

Michigan Associates in Retreat Ministry with Dominican Sisters of Peace
by Associate Ann Vlk, OPA

I am grateful for the opportunity to write about the Associates' roles here in Michigan, in particular in Association with St. Mary's Retreat House (SMRH) in Oxford, one of the seven retreat houses sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace (DSP).

Pictures Speak Louder than Words

Thursday, October 31, 2013

"Pictures speak louder than words" so they say, and pictures with words are even more engaging! Hoping to convey to others more about who we are as "Dominicans Sisters of Peace: Sisters and Associates in Mission," we are proud to share with you some short video clips featuring Srs. Barbara Kane, Susan Leslie, Martina Stegman, Terry Wasinger and Rosemary Loomis.

Report on Preaching Promoters Meeting 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

By Sr. Janet Schlicting, OP

This past June, I represented the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a meeting of our National Promoters of Preaching, generously hosted by the Houston Dominicans. About 18 were there, including our Dominican borthers from Central, Southern, and Western provinces. Sisters attended from the Caldwell, Hope, Blauvelt, Sparkhill, Houston, Grand Rapids, Mission San Jose, San Rafael, Springfield, Sinsinawa, and Adrian congregations, and representatives of the Dominican Laity were also present.

Be a Voice for Change to End Sexism

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

As an 8th grader, my classmates and I were given a trip through Kentucky’s "Holy Land" as a graduation gift, which included a visit to the Abbey of Gethsemani. As we approached the church, I noticed a sign on the grounds that read, "Warning: Women are not allowed beyond this point under pain of excommunication." While the boys in the class laughed, I was not amused. Today I regret having not crossed the line. Next, we went into the church and found that women were not allowed to sit in the back of the church on the ground floor; instead, we were escorted to the choir loft (read: "back of the bus"). This was my first life lesson in Sexism 101.

In looking at culture, religion or country, we can see that much sexism still exists. There has been progress and much more is needed.

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