Sharing Our Peace

Kelly Litt
Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Return to Peace

I have a bracelet with a dove charm that I wear daily. I like to think it reminds me of my passion for peace and dedication to social justice. If I’m being honest, it usually just ends up being an accessory that I don’t pay much attention to. Last week, however, was different. On a day that I was feeling particularly discouraged and defeated, my bracelet kept getting caught in the threads of my sweater. Thinking of it as a nuisance, I made a mental note not to wear the bracelet when I wore this sweater again in the future. Yet after the 10th or 11th time of this little dove getting caught in my sweater, I realized perhaps this was a gentle reminder from God to return to peace in times of struggle and to keep peace at the forefront of my life and work. Continue reading →

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Sr. Mary Ellen Boyle

mary-ellen-boyleDominican Sister of Peace Mary Ellen (Mary Mel) Boyle (84) died at Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH on November 1, 2016. She was born in 1932 in Jersey City, NJ to James and Kathleen Walsh Boyle, the only girl with four loving brothers. In 1950 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Continue reading →

Posted in News, Obituaries

Listening is an act of love

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

Dave Isay is the Founder and President of StoryCorps, which has a simple tagline – “listening is an act of love.” In an email message on November 10, 2016, he stated: “The presidential election of 2016 highlighted the enormous divisions in our country. We don’t hear each other, we don’t listen to each other, we don’t know each other. Through listening to each other’s voices, we can make America a better more compassionate nation – one story at a time.” Continue reading →

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Awakened by the Spirit – Called to Discipleship

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

Gold ribbons waving through the air accompanied the opening song, Envia tu Espiritu – Send out your Spirit, of the National Religious Vocation Conference’s convocation in Overland Park, KS. The Spirit was indeed alive and flowing throughout the entire gathering of 300 Vocation Ministers from the US and around the world. Sr. Pat Dual, OP, and I attended and were enriched by our time with our fellow vocation ministers, discerners, supporters, presiders and presenters.

On Saturday, we were joined by six young religious who were invited to be panelists for a conversation about religious life today, discernment, thoughts on the present and future realities of their respective congregations and words of wisdom for those discerning a vocation to religious life. I was touched, inspired, challenged and so proud of these men and women who have courageously and selflessly embraced this counter-cultural vocation in today’s world. Continue reading →

Posted in God Calling?

After Election 2016: Bridging Divides with Love and Inclusivity

Election Day 2016

Kelly Litt
Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Today is finally the day! Election Day has come, and to the relief of many, will soon be over. While this has been a divisive and emotional election season, we still have a ways to go, and now we must work to unite our country once again.

Recently, I attended a meeting with various faith and religious leaders from around central Ohio. This “Faithful Breakfast Club” meets monthly, and the meetings have evolved to address the concern of race in America. At our last meeting, representatives from the City of Columbus were present, including the Deputy Chief of Police, the Assistant Director of Public Safety, Director of the Department of Neighborhoods and staff from the Mayor’s Office. Continue reading →

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