Dominican Associates of Peace Celebrate

Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace are celebrating the commitment ceremonies of 41 new Associates and the four-year renewals of 81 Associates in McLean, VA; Columbus, OH; Akron, OH; Niskayuna, NY; Oxford, MI; and Great Bend, KS. Dominican Associates are lay people (both female and male) from all walks of life and cultures, who have formally affiliated with a religious congregation – the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Our Associates are involved in the life of the community and supporting the mission of the Sisters which involves prayer, service, study, events, and other gatherings. We bring our expertise and gifts as lay people to do the ministries that we are called to do in our own lives (learn more). Below is a recap of the events in each area.

by Associate Ceil Amendolia, OPA
by Associate Ceil Amendolia, OPA

Bearer’s of God’s Love

The theme for the 2015 Associate’s Commitment is “Bearers of God’s Love.” Being a Bearer means to be a carrier, bringer, deliverer and transporter. We do this through our commitment to be an Associate. Morris Stilson made his first commitment as an Associate and 22 men and women made their first four-year renewal commitment. For the Niskayuna, NY, Associates this commitment now completes our merger process which started three years ago.

Being Bearers of God’s love is knowing that each of us is called to love one another. Love is patient; love is kind, not jealous, not pompous and not inflated. John’s gospel reminded us it was not us who did the choosing, each of us was chosen by our loving God.

It was an exciting time for each of us. We experienced joy, laughter, tears and proud moments. Our Associates and Guests enjoyed many parts of the celebration. Some of the comments were feeling tremendously blest, the music and the singing was wonderful, the participation of all Associates and the Sisters, the celebration in the Dining Room with the food prepared by each Associate.

All in all what seemed to be the part that touched quite a few of us was when Srs. Sue Zemgulis, Barbara Ebner and Carol Davis stood before us in the Chapel and proclaimed the Acceptance and Affirmation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace in voices that sounded like more than three people. As one Associate said, “we heard the voices of over 500 women.”

By Associate Jackie Paluszak, OPA
by Associate Jackie Paluszak, OPA

 

Called and Sent by God to be the Holy Preaching

In August, the Columbus, OH, community held their Commitment Ceremony for new Associate candidates. Fourteen men and women, flanked by their Companions, committed to to be in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Fifteen current Associates made their re-commitment for four years. It was a beautiful ceremony graced by the presence of our new Prioress, Sr. Pat Twohill and our Associate Co-Directors, Sr. Amy McFrederick and Associate Conni Dubick. Sr. Germaine Conroy, along with Associate Vanessa Carter Brown and their staff at the Motherhouse provided a wonderful array of snacks for the reception for the Associates, their families and friends and the Sisters who joined the festivities.

by Associate Lucy Strohl, OPA
by Associate Lucy Strohl, OPA

 

“Every time you cross my mind I break out in exclamations of thanks to God… I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.”

These words could summarize the weekend of prayer, celebration and thanksgiving August 7-9 for the Sisters and Associates in Great Bend, KS. This text was used by Sr. Renée Dreiling as she preached at the Associate Commitment Service in August. Eighteen Associates along with Srs. Jolene Geier and Janice Thome gathered for the Associate retreat prayer and sharing time focusing on Dominic, the grace- filled preachers. At the next day’s liturgy, Sr. Jane Belanger challenged all of the Sisters and Associates to look at our feet that bring the Good News of the gospel to the world in a new way.

Everyone prayed and celebrated with glad hearts as we witnessed the installation of the new leadership of the Dominican Sisters of Peace via webcast. The Associates reflected on the new Chapter Commitments during discussion time. The day then culminated in the reception of four new Associates, Earlene Stover, Mary Kummer-Maneth, Irene Werth and Catherine Huber. Bob Drake also made his commitment for four years. There were indeed many reasons to give thanks and praise to God!

by Sr. Audrey Rash, OP
by Sr. Audrey Rash, OP

 

Oxford Welcomes New Associates and Current Associates Renew

The Sisters and Associates at the Oxford, MI,  Motherhouse welcomed Barbara Ann Grodin, Evelyn Mazzola, Carol Lemelin, Beverly Adkins, Sue Pokley, Jeanne Ziraldo and Denise Ficorelli as new Dominican Associates of Peace during our Sunday liturgy as we continued to celebrate St. Dominic’s feast day. During this time, Associates Mary Garcia, Pat Kamdgo, Maureen Gibbons, Linda Ward and Kathy Simpson renewed their commitments. It was a celebration of joy for all!

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

 

Be Peace, Build Peace, Preach Peace

In Akron OH, Associates Paul Layshock, Kate Marado and Sr. Yvonne Horning and a member of our Florida Mentor Team, Associate Marj Logan, led the commitment ritual for three new Associates: Timothy Kolat, Dorothy Kuszmaul and Anita Watson. Three current Associates: Mary Kay Krisman, Pat Schnee and Cheryl Souza, renewed their solemn commitment to the mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Prayers led by Associate Mary Marxen and music by Associate Madeleine Breen filled the Akron Motherhouse Chapel with voices expressing heartfelt intentions to answer God’s call to praise, to bless and to preach. Thoughts from Timothy Radcliffe OP reminded all present to use our Dominican pillars “to preach with transformed hearts, eyes opened to see what must be done, and living as prophets with visions beyond the confines of our own times.”

Prayers led by Associate Mary Marxen and music by Associate Madeleine Breen filled the Akron Motherhouse Chapel with voices expressing heartfelt intentions to answer God’s call to praise, to bless and to preach. Thoughts from Timothy Radcliffe OP reminded all present to use our Dominican pillars “to preach with transformed hearts, eyes opened to see what must be done, and living as prophets with visions beyond the confines of our own times.”

We asked St. Dominic to guide our zeal as we claim the vision of our faithful Dominican Sisters of Peace.

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