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Sr. Alvina Miller Celebrates 106th Birthday with Prayer, Special German Meal and a Little  Exercise 

Sr. Alvina Miller, OP celebrates her 106th birthday at the Great Bend, Kansas Motherhouse  on February 17, 2024. 

The Dominican Sisters of Peace are pleased to announce the 106th birthday of  one of their beloved sisters, Sr. Alvina Miller, OP, on February 17, 2024. Sr. Alvina lives at the  Congregation’s Great Bend, KS, Motherhouse. 

A special highlight of the day for Sr. Alvina was a delicious meal, reminiscent of what her mother (of German descent) made her as a little girl - short ribs, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, and chocolate pudding, served to her at the Great Bend Motherhouse. Also on the agenda during  the birthday week is a Tai Chai class to stay active and social, listening to books on tape,  attending Mass and saying prayers. 

Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, Mission Group Coordinator at the Great Bend Motherhouse says, “Sr.  Alvina is one of the best students in our Tai Chai class! Even though she is in a wheelchair she  stays active with Tai Chai and other things that are important to her such as attending Mass. Sr.  Alvina lives at the Motherhouse’s infirmary which has a balcony that enables her to join with  other Sisters at the Motherhouse for the Eucharist and morning and evening prayers. 

Sr. Alvina has been praying from an early age. She spent her life on her family’s farm until she  left at age14 to begin the journey towards Sisterhood. She recalls her father’s tears about her  decision but also the pride her parents felt because of her vocation. She had one sister and two  brothers, now deceased, but still has two sisters-in-law living. Sr. Alvina remembers the first step  towards the Rite of Perpetual Vows when she promised to live by religious vows for one year  (part of the ritual towards sisterhood in 1935), “This was a highlight of my life as a Sister. Even though it was a promise to keep the vows for only one year, when I was kneeling at the altar, I  was making my vows for a lifetime.” 

Sister Alvina has demonstrated her faith as well as her love of helping people countless times  during her years as a Dominican Sister of Peace. A few of her many accomplishments include her ministry as a librarian and establishing a library within the Great Bend Motherhouse, her 35  year-long ministry as an educator - instructing first through sixth graders. She adds, “Teaching  was not easy, many children didn’t know much coming in to school, but it was gratifying to watch them learn.” 

Sr. Alvina organizes the library she helped set up at the Great Bend Motherhouse. (1983  photo)

Right now, the most satisfying thing in Sr. Alvina’s life is the time she spends in her prayer  ministry. Sr. Alvina says, “I am grateful for all these years in religious life and so enjoy helping and praying for others. I remain appreciative of the permission to spend time in prayer, which is  what I was given as a Dominican Sister of Peace.” 

Sr. Pat Twohill, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, describes Sr. Alvina as inspirational,  “Sr. Alvina has truly spread Christ’s Gospel through her actions. This is what we are called to do  as Dominican Sisters of Peace. She has lived her vows all throughout her life and continues to do  so daily as she offers prayers as part of her Prayer Ministry.” 

Sr. Alvina is the oldest living Dominican Sister of Peace. Sr. Francis Dominici Piscatella of the  Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, N.Y. turned 110 on April 20, 2023, and is considered to be  the oldest living nun in the country, according to the Gerontology Research Group. 

The Dominican Sisters of Peace currently have seven women in formation for consecrated  religious life. Women who are interested in pursuing a vocation to religious life can learn more  on the Dominican Sisters of Peace website at The Congregation will hold a Come and See retreat in March 2024. 

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