Vatican Justice and Peace President Speaks on Care of Creation

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Cardinal Peter Turkson

A worldwide advocate on climate change and expert on the Pope’s encyclical on Care for our Common Home or Laudato Si’, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (Rome),  was the keynote speaker on Saturday, October 31, 2015, at Martin de Porres Center.

Cardinal Turkson, a native of Ghana, emphasized that Laudato Si’ is not the “Pope’s encyclical on climate change but rather a social encyclical on integral and human ecology. It is a pastoral document, not a scientific one.” Turkson commented, “I read the encyclical somewhat as I read Scripture – finding something new with each reading.” Continue reading →

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Sharing Fruits of Contemplation; Preaching with Art

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

Co-directors Associate Conni Dubick, OPA, and I are always looking for ways to show the diverse and creative ways our Associates preach with their lives, their work and their art. So I was glad when Associate Marybeth Irvine, OPA, Associates Council member from Kentucky, recently emailed us to share how our Dominican Associates were very visible in the inauguration event celebrating the installation of Dr. Cindy Gnadinger as St. Catharine College’s Eighth President on October 23, 2015. Associate Rosie Blackburn, OPA, was present in cap and gown as a Board member, as were Associates Matt Branstetter, OPA, and Associate Candidates Tara Tuttle and Bettye Brookfield – professors and instructors at St. Catharine’s. And then Marybeth wrote: Continue reading →

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Children Killing Children Must End Now – Part II

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Blog by Associate Rev. Tim Ahrens, OPA

Three years ago I wrote an article for the Dominican Sisters of Peace entitled, “Children Killing Children Must End Now.” It was written days after the shooting in Chardon, OH, in a high school cafeteria in which one child killed three children and wounded three more. He did it with his grandparents’ 22-caliber handgun, which he took from their home on a visit.

When I was asked a few weeks ago to write again, I said “yes.” Since then I have sat down three times to write and came up empty. What can I say? What can any of us say? Continue reading →

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