Sometimes Grief Can Open Us to Faith

Nancy Garson, OP
Blog by Sr. Nancy Garson, OP

Have you ever lost someone close to you, someone so dear that you just wanted to cry out in anger and pain and say “NO?” I know I have.

The Gospel reading for today is from John 11:17-27, and gives some of the events surrounding the death of Lazarus, the brother of Martha and Mary. Continue reading →

Posted in Weekly Word

Amnesty International and the Commercial Sex Industry

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

For many years Amnesty International has been a beacon of hope in their work to inform the world about torture and violence in many forms. I have been a donor for several years, but am putting future donations on hold prior to their international meeting in August, when they will vote to decriminalize prostitution. If passed, this would legitimize the sexual exploitation of hundreds of thousands of women. This cringe-worthy policy recommendation endorses the decriminalization of pimping, brothels and purchasing of sex. Continue reading →

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Elaine DeRosiers, OP, Receives Fra Angelico Award

desrosiers-awardGreat Bend, KS – At it’s annual meeting, the Dominican Institute of the Arts (DIA) named Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine DeRosiers, OP, its 2015 Fra Angelico Award recipient. The honor is presented every year to a DIA artist who exemplifies Fra Angelico’s dedication to furthering the Holy Preaching through the arts. Continue reading →

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May The God of Summer Be With You

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

“May the God of Summer be with you, enveloping you with the warmth of love, filling your heart with the brilliance of light, refreshing you and cooling you in the living water of God’s grace. May the blessing of Summer be with you.”
– Sr. Maxine Shonk, Blessing Upon Blessing

The invitation mailed to the Northeast Ohio Dominican Associates of Peace invited them to Summer Spirituality Gatherings. It said that in the summer, we gather to listen to the voice of God in our ceremonies, to share with others our vision of the Dominican charism in our lives and to take the time to “fill our hearts with the brilliance of light and the living water of God’s grace.” The discernment retreat, a prayer service for St. Mary of Magdala and the Associates Commitment Ceremony for new Candidates and renewing Associates were the three summer gatherings. The final summer event, the Commitment Ceremony is the ritual for all Associates to be present, reaffirm that God has called us and touches our lives, and in response we try to praise, to bless and to preach with our lives. Continue reading →

Posted in Associate Blog

Sr. Tomasa Sigala, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Tomasa Sigala, OP, died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on July 25 , 2015.

Born December 10, 1931, in Rocky Ford, CO, Sr. Tomasa was the daughter of Ramon and Ysidra Gonzales Sigala. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community in Great Bend on August 30, 1956, and pronounced her first vows June 13, 1959. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2009. Continue reading →

Posted in Obituaries