Changing the Script

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Yearning for Change

Kasha Sequoia Slavner was 14 years old when she decided she had enough of a constant barrage of negative news. Terrorism, war, human trafficking and negative political ads filled television screens in her native Canada. Kasha experienced her own time of being surrounded by domestic violence. Her mother was physically abused by her father and divorced him. They were homeless for a period of time before experiencing a stable home life.

At 14 she became involved in a peace and justice committee and began raising money to travel around the world videotaping scenes of people who made a difference in the lives of others. She traveled to Tanzania and interviewed a man who established a school for girls, a desperate need for girls in Africa and the Middle East. She created the documentary, The Sunrise Storyteller, a good news film that provided inspiration for many attending the 61st annual Commission on the Status of Women. I was privileged to represent Dominicans Sisters of North America at this important gathering at the United Nations. Continue reading →

Posted in Just Reflecting, News

I am praising God today!

Blog by Associate Colette Parker, OPA – Co-Director

God is worthy of praise

I am praising God because the Lord is worthy of joyful thanksgiving and adoration, and the Lord’s goodness and grace is worthy of celebration.

Over the last couple of weeks, the difficulties of life – a close family member in critical condition; another close family member undergoing life-changing surgery; a close friend dealing with the news of a terminal diagnosis – clouded my vision.

Fear began to creep in as I contemplated the worst in each of those situations. My heart sank as I began to remember all of the losses I have experienced – particularly those of my mother, my father, my sister, and three brothers – and the grief that each of those losses brought to my life. Continue reading →

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Sr. Lorraine Ryan, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Lorraine Ryan, OP (85), died on March 23, 2017, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. She was born in 1931 in Boston, MA, to Phyllis and John Ryan.

After graduating from high school, she worked for two years at the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. During that time she discerned God’s call by discussing her desire to enter religious life with several Sisters and a pastor who knew her well. In a letter to Mother Margaret Elizabeth expressing her gratitude for having been accepted to the postulancy, Lorraine wrote that she would pray daily “for the grace to persevere in the vocation” to which she had been called.

A Dominican for 62 years, Sr. Lorraine earned a Bachelor of Arts in History/Social Studies from Regis College (Weston, MA) and a Master of Science in Education/History from Salem State College (Salem, MA). She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Educational Specialization in Religious Education from Boston College (Chestnut Hill, MA).

Sr. Lorraine ministered as a teacher at St. Patrick (Lynn, MA) and St. Joseph (Belmont, MA). In 1971 she moved into pastoral ministry and religious education while still at St. Joseph Parish in Belmont. She later ministered as Director of Religious Education and Pastoral Assistant at St. Theresa Parish (N. Reading, MA), Our Lady of the Sea (Marblehead, MA), St. Joseph (Amesbury, MA); St. Bernard (W. Newton, MA) and St. Francis of Assisi (Medford, MA). Continue reading →

Posted in Obituaries