Standing In Solidarity

Responding to the murder last week of the two Sisters in Mississippi, their congregations, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (Nazareth, KY) and the School Sisters of St. Francis (Milwaukee, WI), issued a joint statement, saying: “We two Congregations, ask that we move forward together at this time in a prayerful and healing manner, focusing on the lives of Srs. Paula Merrill and Margaret Held, two compassionate, faith-filled women. We want to reiterate our beliefs as women of faith, that we value life. For years now the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth and the School Sisters of St. Francis have worked to abolish the death penalty, even as we seek justice and truth. Let us hold everyone involved in prayer.”

Dominican Sisters of Peace stand in solidarity with these two congregations in this time of mourning for two precious lives cut short. With them, we also reaffirm our opposition to the death penalty as a solution for crime.

Our Dominican Sister of Peace Marilyn Pierson, OP, worked at a clinic in Tutwiler, MI, for many years and knew both Sisters. She commented, “So sad for everyone – Paula and Margaret, their families and congregations, the other religious ministering in Mississippi, the people of Durant and Mississippi and those of us who knew them. When I worked in Tutwiler, they were nurse practitioners at DePorres Health Clinic in Marks, 20 miles north. Such caring and generous Sisters!”

We invite you to watch the video, “Prayer service and statement from the School Sisters of St. Francis and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.”


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It Takes a Village

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

As I end my seven years as Justice Promoter on Wednesday, I have thought of the African proverb, “It Takes A Village to Raise a Child” and substituted, to bring peace, alleviate poverty, address global climate change, etc.  While one person can make a difference, many persons coming together can bring about positive change.

Comedian Woody Allen once said, “Eighty percent of life is showing up.”  I am very grateful to the countless Sisters and Associates who showed up during the last seven years.    You have addressed social justice issues of concern – human trafficking, immigration reform, environmental degradation, peace.  Sisters and Associates serving on four justice committees and countless others have worked tirelessly in raising awareness of vital legislation, making phone calls, meeting with representatives, attending rallies, and providing resource lists on peace, Islam and “Going Green.” Continue reading →

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

What Language Do You Speak?

Blog by Sr. Nancy Garson, OP
Blog by Sr. Nancy Garson, OP

Around the world there are hundreds of languages: Spanish, Arabic, Hebrew, Russian, Swahili, and more.  There are also the languages of ideas, science, medicine, philosophy, psychology, just to name a few. Where I live, in our motherhouse, our version of English is from Boston, China, New Orleans, Zambia, Brooklyn, Kentucky, Zimbabwe, Ohio, Philadelphia, and more. On top of all these we could add nonverbal facial expressions, tone of voice, and body language.  When I look at all this hodgepodge of how we speak, I find myself astounded that any effective communication occurs at all. Continue reading →

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Dominican Associate Baby Boomer Listens to Millennials Speak

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

I celebrated my 70th birthday this month and I am a member of the “baby-boomer” generation.  But guess what?  I may be in that age group, but my thinking as an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace resonates with three “millennials” (born between 1975-1995) and I think we have lots in common!  Annie, Michelle and Russ were featured on a Future Church teleconference titled “Millennials Speak for Themselves.”  I sat eagerly anticipating their individual responses to the question of the moderator “I am a Catholic because….”   With ease, confidence and thoughtful articulation, each speaker gave their own personal reasons.  Continue reading →

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“Come and You Will See”

Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

Have you ever experienced “nagging” thoughts about the idea of religious life which continue to surface at odd moments in your life, even after you have dismissed the idea?  Perhaps, when you think about your vocation and what you will do with your life, the notion of being a Sister and living a life of love and service to God and neighbor gives you a strange sense of excitement, peace or even a little “fear” at the prospect of such a calling?  Or, maybe you simply feel it is time to seek God with an open heart and discern more deeply the idea that God might be calling you to consider a religious vocation.  However this question of “calling” may be surfacing in your life, why not join us for a free weekend discernment retreat to ‘come, see and pray’ about what God might saying to you about your vocation. Continue reading →

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