"Peace comes from being able to contribute the best that we have, and all that we are, toward creating a world that supports everyone. But it is also securing the space for others to contribute the best that they have and all that they are." – Hafsat Abiola
"We commit ourselves to be women of peace who: create welcoming communities, inviting others to join us as vowed members, associates, volunteers, and partners in our mission to be the Holy Preaching." 2009 Chapter Commitments
Dominicans Sisters and Associates of Peace are happy to welcome newly committed Associates in Houma, Louisiana. The following are excerpts from Sr. Suzanne Brauer’s reflections shared at their recent Commitment Ceremony.
"Dominic walked, preached, praised and ministered because God had called him to do that in Spain, France and Rome. We are here today because God has called seven beautiful Louisiana women to join him in the walk for God, the Walk of Holy Preaching. They are Gayle Domangue, Patricia (Teesie) Domangue, Mary Evans, Margaret Kohmann, Beth Ledet, Joanne Morrison, and Jane Quatman.
"…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." - Romans 8:38 (New American Bible)
As I heard this read at prayers last Thursday, I thought 'neither snow, nor drifts, nor cancellations, nor snowpacked roads' would keep our Dominican Volunteers or I from coming to Heartland Center for Spirituality in Kansas in February, with God's help!
As in years past, many Dominican Associates of Peace gathered at various locales around the country during the holidays to work on group projects and to celebrate together. We are pleased to share with you a snapshot (click here) of some of these ways Dominican Associates share in community and in the preaching mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. If you'd like to learn more about becoming an Associate, click here for basic information, or contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or call us toll-free at 855.313.3131.
North East Ohio Associates pulled it off grandly! Thanks to the hard work and hours spent on the phone and on the road by Associate Karen Raccuia, plus the time of several other volunteer helpers, all was organized and ready when the doors of Our Lady of the Elms High School in Akron, Ohio, opened at 3pm Sunday, October 13, for the Associates' first Fall Festival Fundraiser.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace Associates Leadership Network has the goal of growing leadership in the Associates community. In support of that goal, this past weekend, Associate Council member Jan Wilson, OPA, represented the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace at the Tri-State Conference of Associate Leadership. The group met at the Motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati and included two Sisters and ten Associates representing eight congregations: the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville; the Ursulines of Brown County; the Mt. St. Joseph Ursulines; the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy; the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati; the Sisters of St. Francis of Oldenburg; the Benedictine Sisters of St. Walburg Monastery, Kentucky; and the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
"By breath, by blood, by body, by spirit, we are all one. The air that is my breath is the air that you are breathing. And the air that is your breath is the air that I am breathing. By breath, by blood, by body, by spirit, we areall one." By Breathe - Lyrics by Sara Thomsen
August 5 and 12, 2013, were days much anticipated by several candidates who had been in discernment for the past several months in their journey to becoming Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Those called into this adventure celebrated their first commitment in ceremonies in the Chapels of our Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouses in Akron, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio, with Sisters, Associates, friends and family. At both Ceremonies, the Dominican Sisters present expressed, "With joy and gratitude, we, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, promise to share with you our rich tradition of Dominican life, common prayer, common study and ministry. Likewise we are open to receive and share the gifts that you bring.