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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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A Day in the Life of a Sister

Thursday, April 3, 2014

"She's not heavy, she's my sister."

Recently I had the privilege of accompanying one of my Dominican Sisters of Peace to a family funeral. This Sister and I are an unlikely pair. She is over 90, wears the full Dominican Habit, grew up in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, is bi-lingual, and can read St. Theresa de Avila in the original language. I am in my 40s, usually wear pants or a skirt, grew up in Virginia, only know a little Spanish, and have a great love for Celtic Christian Spirituality. We have been sisters and friends for more than 23 years.

God's Love is Forever

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Akron Congregation is focusing this Lent on learning more about theology in relation to the new cosmological discoveries. Many of you may be watching the new episodes of Cosmos on the National Geographics channel. This series leads us to an understanding of the vastness - and that is a weak term! - of the universe. Robert Barron's description of God as somehow else not somewhere else, for me, becomes more and more real. I know of no other term to use for our God but awesome but it too is weak. Franciscan sister Ilia Delio, professor of religion and science and author of several books on cosmology and religion, speaks to this awesomeness in the following: "A foundational love undergirds all forms of evolution. God is not the divine mechanic above but the power of love within...God is beyond us, within us, around us...moving us to a new ultra humanity.

Celebrating Earth Day 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

As we approach Earth Day, what can we celebrate as earth-friendly progress in the last year? I recently viewed some snapshots of less visible, yet important examples of progress.

What Color is a Flower? What is an Associate?

Monday, March 31, 2014

People frequently ask the question "what is an Associate?" An easy enough question, but difficult to answer. It's like the question "what color is a flower?" The obvious difficulty is that it depends on the flower or the Associate.

The dictionary definition of the word Associate is "a person joined or connected with an organization." The Dominicans of Peace website states "a Dominican Associate is an individual who is called to live out the charism and continue the mission of the Dominican order in relationship with the Dominican Sisters of Peace - to praise, to bless, to preach." Both of these definitions however lack the substance and essence of the specific person who becomes an Associate.

If You Can Read This, Pay It Forward!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

I am often amazed at what I take for granted in my daily life. Recently, I had the opportunity to see photos and hear experiences of one of our Sisters who traveled to Haiti. Sr. Marguerite Chandler, OP, volunteered for a week with a co-worker as part of a group called Functional Literacy Ministry of Haiti, a Christian nonprofit organization that "empowers Haitians through Christ with education, health care, and hope."

Sr. Marguerite talked about the young children and teens in the classes and how eager they were to learn even though they only have a minimum number of books and supplies. What she remembers more than the poverty is the commitment of children and adults to education as a way to a richer future for themselves, their land and their country.

The Enlightened One

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

My thanks to Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, Professor of Theology at Notre Dame University, who wrote The Enlightened One, a wonderful reflection on Sunday's scripture - John 4:5-42. The reflection originally appeared on Notre Dame University's "FaithND" site. Click here to read more.

Children of a Broken Circle

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

"Woe to those who enact unjust statutes
and who write oppressive decrees,
depriving the needy of judgment
and robbing my people’s poor of their rights,
making widows their plunder,
and orphans their prey!
What will you do on the day of punishment,
when ruin comes from afar?
To whom will you flee for help?
Where will you leave your wealth,
lest it sink beneath the slain?"
- Isaiah 10:1-4

Northeast Ohio Associates Join Area Interfaith Dialogue

Monday, March 24, 2014

The announcement that Associate Colette Jenkins, a Religion Writer for the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper, was the featured speaker at the April 1, 2014 annual dinner of the Akron Area Interfaith Council sparked an immediate interest for many Associates and Sisters in Northeast Ohio. Her topic "Them and Us-The Mentality that Violates Human Rights" is a theme that Dominican Associates in the local area think is important to discuss in an interfaith forum. Jenkins brings a wealth of wisdom and experience from working with and representing in the news the many faith-based/religious groups in the Akron/Canton and surrounding areas for the past 12 or more years. Fifteen Associates who have participated in other interfaith opportunities will join members from fifteen religious congregations and groups at the dinner.

A Reflection on Celebrating the Diversity of Religious Life

Thursday, March 20, 2014

As a Dominican Sister of Peace, I have celebrated the Chinese New Year and the Vietnamese celebration of TET; participated in Mardi Gras festivities spearheaded by our sisters from New Orleans, and witnessed a wonderful St. Patrick's Day celebration—complete with great food and fun! In addition, through our Martin De Porres Center, I have appreciated events that have highlighted the gifts of various cultures including African and African American. I am deeply convinced that religious life is enriched by the variety of cultural diversity among the women whom God has called to serve in the mission of proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Through the Eyes of God

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

"Widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty"
—Einstein

In my seminary classes we have been focusing on the lens through which we see our world. We don’t see reality as it is; we see it as we are. During Lent, I am trying to see all people, things, and events through the eyes of God: a God we have come to know through Jesus the Christ as bent on liberating, healing, and inclusive loving. Is my first response one of inclusive loving or is it one of judging? I am finding it is much easier to do the latter. The call for me this Lent is to fast from judgment and to feast on inclusive loving.

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