Saving Our Adolescents from Prostitution (S.O.A.P.)

Blog by Yahaira Rose

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

On Saturday February 25, over 160 participants came together to learn, educate, and take action against Human Trafficking at The Martin de Porres Center. We welcomed Theresa Flores to the Center for the annual Arnold Classic S.O.A.P. event.

Did you know that Human Trafficking is the second leading crime in the world? Over 1.2 million children are trafficked worldwide each year and 100,000 are trafficked in the US. S.O.A.P. events across the United States team up with local organizations to educate hotels on the red flags, mobilize volunteers to help label soap bars with the national human trafficking hotline number, and pass out missing children posters just before sporting events. Continue reading →

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Sr. Juliana D’Amato

Dominican Sister of Peace Juliana D’Amato, OP (86), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on February 20, 2017. She was born in Matrice, in the province of Campobasso, Italy. When she was a young girl, her family moved to Youngstown, OH, where she met prejudice for the first time as a high school student. “Parts in plays, honors at graduation, etc. were not for students with ‘foreign names,’ and there were many of us,” she said. Many years later Juliana remembered spearheading a successful underground, anti-administration newsletter in response to the injustice she encountered. Continue reading →

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Loving Without Counting the Cost

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

A Good Samaritan

I added a new name to my list of Good Samaritans last week: Ian Grillot.

As I watched a television interview with the 24-year-old Kansas man – while he lay in a hospital bed wearing a neck brace and recovering from gunshot wounds to his hand and chest – his words warmed my heart: “I was just doing what anyone should’ve done for another human being.”

Anyone? I don’t know too many people who would stand up against hatred and take a bullet for a stranger. Do you?

Well, Ian Grillot did. According to news reports he is the man who intervened when a gunman opened fire on two men of Indian descent and of the Hindu faith, killing one and injuring the other, inside an Olathe, KS, sports bar. The gunman reportedly thought the two men were of Middle Eastern descent and made bigoted remarks to them (including “get out of my country”) before opening fire. Continue reading →

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Public Health Professional’s Journey Leads Her to Become a Dominican Sister

Ellen Coates, Candidate
Ellen Coates, Candidate

Living for something bigger than self

NEW HAVEN, CT – Ellen Coates has traveled the globe, working to end polio and other childhood diseases with organizations such as UNICEF. Her international experience took an unexpected turn when she realized that God was calling her to change course and become a Catholic Sister.

A public health professional with 20 years experie
nce in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Coates of Winchester, MA, took the first steps to become a Dominican Sister of Peace on Sunday, February 19, when she began a candidacy program at the chapel of Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.

“The desire to serve God had a lot to do with the public health career I chose,” Coates said. “I am becoming a Sister because I want to know God better with other women who are living God’s Word and trying to do the right thing in the world.” Continue reading →

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Welcoming New Life

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

A New Candidate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace

With great joy we received Ellen Coates as a candidate into our Congregation on Sunday, February 19, 2017. This Welcoming Ceremony was held in the St. Catherine of Siena Chapel at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT. More than 40 Sisters, family and friends were in attendance (check out the event on Facebook!).

Over the past two years, I have walked with Ellen as she discerned God’s call to religious life. Celebrated in the context of Evening prayer, the service follows a flow of hymns, psalms, scripture, intercessions, along with the formal request of the candidate to enter our congregation. We, the Sisters, then affirm that we will walk with, encourage and guide her on this journey. Continue reading →

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