Get Involved to Stop Human Trafficking

(Sr. Rene Weeks, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Peace in Columbus, OH.)

For two hours on Saturday morning, May 21, I listened to an undercover officer with the Columbus, OH, Police Department speak to a group of parents and teens gathered at the Martin de Porres Center about the crime of human trafficking, which he defined as the exploitation of vulnerable victims for money and profit.

His message to the teen girls was clear and graphic. “If someone approaches you and tells you how pretty you are, how lovely your hair looks, how you could have a great career as a model or a singer and how he or she could facilitate this for you, run! Tell your mom and dad at once.  If someone is offering you a job that will make you lots of money and you are only 15 or 16, it won’t be a healthy job and it won’t be legal!”

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Sr. Mary Osanna Hymel, OP

Mary Osanna HymelDominican Sister of Peace Mary Osanna Hymel, OP (88) died at Mohun Health Care Center (Columbus, OH) on June 4, 2016. She was born in Edgard, LA, on October 28, 1927. At the age of 17 she requested admission to the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary in New Orleans (now the Dominican Sisters of Peace), making her Novitiate in Rosaryville. Professed on June 29, 1946, she celebrated 70 years of consecrated life. Fifty of those years were spent in the ministry of elementary education. During that time she taught more than two thousand students. For 26 years she taught at St. Joan of Arc School in LaPlace, LA. Continue reading →

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Meeting Muhammad Ali

Sr. Elaine DesRosiers, OP
Article by Sr. Elaine DesRosiers, OP

Sr. Elaine DesRosiers recounts her memory of meeting Muhammad Ali:

In 1959, I was principal of the new Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in Louisville, KY.  At that time, schools could get maps and globes by redeeming Pepsi Cola bottle caps. (Remember when soda came in bottles?) I was also a Saturday student at Nazareth College (now Spalding University); and all the Dominican Sisters studying there would bring me little bags of bottle caps for the school. One Saturday, a handsome young man who was sweeping the floor offered to collect bottle caps from the Nazareth Pepsi machines for me. Every Saturday afterward he brought me a bag of bottle caps.

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Simmering with God in Green

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlicting, OP
Blog by Sr. Janet Schlicting, OP

“Green is the season after Pentecost….” Jessica Powers, a Carmelite poet, starts her reflection on the Spirit’s work by inviting us into a summer of green. It is Ordinary time again, with the wearing of green vestments and the world of the Northern Hemisphere is dense and dancing with green. But for the Christian, is time ever Ordinary? We who just have celebrated the Great Mysteries know a world woven through and through with the grace of creation and redemption, and God’s spirit alive in the world. Powers marvels, “O leaves of love! O chlorophyll of grace!”

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Swimming Against the Tide

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

A five-year-old African-American boy stood beside his mother crying in a five and dime store in Louisville, Kentucky.  He was thirsty and wanted a glass of water and was refused because the store was segregated in 1947.  That boy was Muhammed Ali.  He knew then he had to fight for everything he achieved, and later found that the boxing ring provided an arena where he would be successful.

I hate boxing and wish that it would be banned.   However, for Muhammed Ali (aka Cassius Clay), this sport provided an opportunity for success, money, and movement beyond racial barriers.  His fame grew with every successful fight, but in 1967 he would have the fight of his life when he registered as a conscientious objector and refused to enlist in the army and fight in Vietnam.  He paid a price for many years for his principled decision.  He was banned from boxing for three years until the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in his favor.  He was stripped of his championship title by the World Boxing Association and was forced to give up his passport.  In cities around the country he was ridiculed and threatened.

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