In February 2013, Ministry of Welcome hosted the "Peace Leadership Think Tank" (see March 21 blog). One participant at that event was Associate Professor of Sociology and Peace and Justice Studies at Ohio Dominican University Dr. Julie Hart. Julie also is part of Christian Peacemaker Teams. You may be familiar with CPT's work. They seek to build partnerships that transform situations marred by violence and oppression. Christian Peacemaker Teams value and honor the presence of faith and spirituality, seek to strengthen grassroots initiatives, desire to transform structures of domination and oppression and do this by attempting to embody in their actions creative non-violence and liberating love.
Inviting Women into the Work of Peacemaking with Us
"Pizza to Go!" is a staple of the college crowd. If you studied in New Haven, it's "Apizza!" Chicago has its special deep dish variety, and all around the country there are unique pizza offerings popularized by the locals in that area. You can grab a "slice to go" on the busy streets of NYC during your lunch hour, and just about anywhere you can have a whole "pie" delivered to your doorstep.
Discerners Connect Monthly Via the Computer Remember Star Trek and the phrase we associate with Captain Kirk when he would issue the transportation order, "Beam me up, Scotty!" and suddenly appear on the deck of the Starship Enterprise having travelled from another location? Well, we have entered this modern era!
Mark your calendar for February 15-17, 2013! That's when the Dominican Sisters of Peace will be offering a vocation "Come and See Retreat" in Columbus, OH.
This could be the "New Year" you finally "take the plunge" and courageously acknowledge the unsettling stirrings of "call" you are feeling deep inside yourself.
Sometimes, when we first become aware that God may be inviting us to consider religious life, we simply "freak out" and say, "Am I crazy?! What will my friends and parents think?! This life must be for someone else, not me!"
"Ministry" in the Dominican Tradition - an Order of Preachers
True or False? 1. OP stands for Order of Preachers; the Dominicans. 2. The Dominican Order was founded by St. Thomas Aquinas in the 13th century. 3. Preaching the saving Gospel of Jesus, the Christ, is at the heart of Dominican life. 4. Prayer, common life, study, and ministry are central elements of Dominican Apostolic Life. 5. Joy is a quality often noticed among Dominicans.
Deep in the recesses of our hearts the Holy Spirit is at work continually effecting amazing transformation.
Recently, at a mini "Come and See" vocational gathering, a number of Dominican Sisters of Peace gathered with discerners at Dominican Academy in NYC. There, Sr. Pat Connick, OP, entertained and educated us with a science demonstration in the Barbara Robotti Murray Science Lab. We "oohed and aahed" as we watched solid copper dissolve before our very eyes only to return to a solid state a few minutes later! Reflecting on these chemical processes turned our thoughts to the inner processes of conversion and transformation continually at work in our hearts through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Today, with our whole Church we celebrate All Saints' Day honoring the holy ones, known and unknown, who show us the way to union with God - to holiness and complete happiness. Their lives resemble brightly colored stain glass windows through whom the light of Christ radiates, and their colors illumine our lives. Reflecting today on these saints, I pose to you two questions:
Do you think there any Dominicans in heaven?
What do you want to be when you "grow" up?
Since I am a Dominican, naturally you'll expect me to say, "Yes" in response to the first question. But would you be surprised if I told you St. Dominic wasn't so sure? Let me explain.
May I count on your help to strengthen the "Culture of Vocations" in our Church?
Dominic was a beggar and so I feel I am in good company when I reach out to others to beg for their help in strengthening the "Culture of Vocations" in the Church. Recently, with Srs. Pat Dual and Cathy Arnold, I had a splendid opportunity to voice this plea to the presidents, principals, and trustee chairpersons of the colleges, university and high schools founded by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, and I found these exceptional leaders most receptive.
Magnificat House in New Orleans The Dominican Sisters of Peace recently participated in the blessing of Magnificat House of Discernment for Catholic women discerning a call to Religious Life. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans established this house, the first of its kind in the United States for post-college age women to live in community while discerning a call to become a Sister.
The house is in a former rectory in New Orleans and can accommodate as many as seven women living together. The program revolves around an established routine that includes private prayer time, formation, spiritual direction, community prayer, and shared meals. Two local Sisters serve as mentors.
How do you understand the word "vocation" and how would you describe the role of Dominican Women Religious in Church and society today? These were just two of the questions posed and addressed by Sr. Anne Keenan, OP, in her presentation "Forward in Joy" for those in attendance at the recent "Come and See Retreat" held over the Labor Day weekend at our Akron Motherhouse. There the Motherhouse Community not only ushered us through the front door on Friday evening, but also into their hearts. Others of our Sisters who live in the area took time to share a wonderful cook-out with us on Saturday, and on Sunday we enjoyed a trip to Kent State University where we met with Sr. Joanne Caniglia, OP, who shared highlights of her ministry there as a university professor along with her vocation story.