Sr. Cornelia Bock, OP

corneliaDominican Sister of Peace Cornelia Bock, OP (96) died on June 20, 2016 in the Dominican Sisters’ convent infirmary in Great Bend, KS. Sr. Cornelia was born on March 25, 1920, in Anaheim, CA; her parents were Paul and Barbara (Diefenbach) Bock.

Shortly after, the family moved to Willowdale, KS, where Sr. Cornelia attended St. Peter’s Elementary School and met the Dominican Sisters. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace) in 1935 and pronounced her first vows on August 17, 1938. Sr. Cornelia celebrated 75 years of religious profession in 2013.

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Posted in Obituaries

Vocation Ambassadors: From tweets to posts, the new face of Vocation Promotion in the Church

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

“Pope Francis has had a great impact on the church and the world these past few years.  Perhaps his greatest influence is not from his passionate sermons and theological writings, but from the less-than-140 character tweets he sends out to over 21 million followers around the globe.”  (From a review of the Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 characters by Michael J. O’Loughlin) He isn’t the first Pope to use Twitter but he is the first to tap some of its great potential to reach millions in a few seconds with his message of peace, love, tolerance, and exhortations to be the best people we can be according to God’s plan.

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Posted in God Calling?

Their Names are Tevin and Dantrell

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Their names are Tevin and Dantrell, and we met them through their Grandmamas. One is in his 20s and getting ready to start his second year in college; the other is in his late teens and still in high school. One is a gentle giant with a quiet demeanor and whisper of a voice; the other is tall and lean and ready to get physical with footballs and basketballs. Both of them have hearts bigger than the universe and are willing to give their time and their talents to their church, their schools and to our boys’ summer camp.

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Posted in Weekly Word

A Burning Bush Moment

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

Since the massacre in Orlando, tributes, memorial events, banners and rainbow flags have captured the attention of millions.  The Empire State Building, Eiffel Tower, bridges and buildings around the world have honored victims with multi-colored lights.  I do not want to minimize the heartfelt desire to show sympathy and support, but hope that our attention will also be captured by the need to address bigotry wherever it happens.

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Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

To Dream a Possible Dream and Work for It

Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

There were thousands or millions of North Ohioans who got little or no sleep last night! As our small house community had our own version of a watch-party, we were sure that Lebron James’ most fervent fans among our Sisters both at the Akron Motherhouse and at Regina Health Center (especially those who had taught at St. Vincent’s School where James went to school) were not only staying up late to watch, but praying up a storm!  Even through 52 years of dashed hopes, the dream of winning the NBA Championship dimmed but never died for the Cleveland team or their faithful fans, until it was at last realized in the Cavalier’s final victory over Oakland’s Golden State Warriors. Who could not swell with pride and joy, or keep a dry eye as the shouts went up and Lebron fell down weeping with relief and gratitude that their Championship goal had at last been reached! And he had at last succeeded in leading his beloved home team to achieve such a moment together.

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Posted in Associate Blog