New Associates Reflect on God’s Invitation and Call

**Carol Lemelin, OPA, and Anita Watson, OPA, are two of our new Dominican Associates of Peace who made their first commitment as Associates on August 9, 2015. Read their reflections below regarding God’s invitation and call to us. [Dominican Associates of Peace are Christian women and men in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace who strive to be radically open to ongoing conversion into the peace of the Risen Christ. Read more.] Continue reading →

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Sr. Mary C. Gerrior, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary C. Gerrior, OP (88), a native of Waltham, MA, died on August 24, 2015, at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY). Sr. Mary is survived by sister Jeanne Martin and brothers Paul and Lawrence Gerrior. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews. Continue reading →

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Sr. Mary de Montfort Schexnaydre, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary de Montfort Schexnaydre, OP, died at Mohun Health Care Center (Columbus, OH) on Monday, August 24, 2015. She was born in 1930 in Burnside, LA, and in 1951 entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary in New Orleans, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She was preceded in death by her parents, Berthil and Edith Brou Schexnaydre along with six brothers: Nolte, Berthil, Jr., Earl, Clyde, Kenneth, and Lyle and four sisters: Edith Bourg, and spouse, Toby Bourg, Bianca, Elaine and Kathleen; a niece, Lynette Allen Robert and a nephew, Tab Andrew Schexnaydre, a sister-in-law, Barbara Schexnaydre and a brother-in-law, Ruffin LeBlanc. Sister is survived by a sister, Ione S. LeBlanc; brothers, Vernon “Coon” Schexnayder and Dayton Schexnaydre and spouse, Lady Schexnaydre. Continue reading →

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Jesus, the Marginalized, and Us

Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA
Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA

Many times we’ve sung the lyrics to the song, “We Are Called,” in which the refrain begins with the verse, “We are called to act with justice.” Or perhaps you’ve watched the television show What Would You Do? with John Quinones and questioned what your own actions would be in a particular circumstance of injustice. When it comes to responding to injustice, as followers of Jesus, we are reminded of the Gospel message in Matthew 25:40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” Jesus describes the “least of these” as the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick and imprisoned. We might describe the “least of these” as the marginalized who society does not want anything to do with or with whom we do not want to relate. Many of us may retort that “they” should be able to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Continue reading →

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Do Goldfinches Tweet?

Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” – Matthew 7:7

The Sister in my local community, Joan, put up a bird feeder in our backyard to attract goldfinches. It’s a special bird feeder built to resist the thieving neighborhood squirrels who defy gravity in their quest for food. Continue reading →

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