Sr. Laetitia Anne Campbell

Sister Laetitia Anne Campbell, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Laetitia Anne Campbell, OP, (89), died at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY, on May 19, 2017.

A native of Boston, MA, Sr. Laetitia Anne was born on January 15, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Terence and Annie McEleney Campbell. She dedicated 68 years of her life to the service of the Church and her Community, having entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1948.

Sr. Laetitia Anne loved to learn, and this showed in her continuing study throughout her life. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English/Philosophy from Siena College (Memphis, TN); Master of Education in Guidance/Counseling from Loyola University (Chicago, IL); Master of Divinity in Scripture/Theology from Andover Newton Theological School (Newton, MA); and Doctorate of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School (Newton, MA).

She was called to share her love of learning as well, serving as a teacher at Mt. Trinity Academy (Watertown, MA) and as a principal/teacher at St. Albert the Great (Louisville, KY). Sr. Laetitia Anne also taught adult education at St. John the Evangelist Parish (Quincy, MA), and was an Associate Director of Field Education and Priest Formation at St. John Seminary (Brighton, MA).

Active in the service of her Order and her Church, Sr. Laetitia Anne was named as the Regional Superior of the Eastern Region of the Kentucky Dominicans in 1966, and served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham, MA and Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden, MA.

In 1991, Sr. Laetitia Anne was appointed Administrator of Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.  In 2003, she retired from that position but continued to provide love and service to her Sisters at the Sansbury Care Center. She spent many hours visiting Sisters and lay women suffering from dementia, and was able to share with them conversations of great spirituality and wisdom.

In her preaching at Sister Laetitia’s Anne’s funeral mass, Sister Elaine DesRosiers, her “little sister” when the two were in formation, said that Sr. Laetitia Anne believed that above all, God was a loving God. “Her desire was to love God in return and to show it in love for her neighbor,” Sr. Elaine said.

Sr. Laetitia Anne is survived by one brother, Terence, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 9 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Burial followed at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sister Laetitia Anne’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219.

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Peace and Justice Updates – June 20, 2017

June 18th marked the 2 year anniversary of Laudato Si’. The Global Catholic Climate Movement has launched its new Laudato Si’ Pledge campaign! The ambitious goal is to get at least 1% of the Catholic family (12 million) to sign the pledge in support of the Pope’s message and commit to live Laudato Si’. Join in commemorating the 2nd anniversary of Laudato Si’ by signing the pledge here.

The Senate is moving quickly to put together its version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, following passage of the House American Health Care Act last month. Senators are said to be struggling with ideas to increase the House bill’s insurance subsidies and perhaps extend the proposed phase-out of the Medicaid expansion but are still focusing on making drastic changes to the Medicaid program. Catholic Health Association continues to urge the Senate to reject any legislation that would increase the number of uninsured or impose harmful cuts and changes to the Medicaid program. If you haven’t already done so, please contact the Senate to express your concerns as they formulate legislation. A sample letter, background material, and talking points are available on e-Advocacy. Also, see this state-by-state graphic on the impact of the potential repeal of premium tax credits and Medicaid expansion on employment.

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Let It Be So: Reflections on Current Justice Issues

Note from Kelly Litt, Justice Promoter:
June 20th is World Refugee Day. As we remember those who risk their lives to find better opportunities for themselves and their families, may we continue to work toward comprehensive immigration reform and encourage all communities to be welcoming and safe areas of retreat for all immigrants, migrants, and refugees.

See below for a reflection from Sr. Ellen Dunn, OP.

Blog by Ellen Dunn, OP

We Americans can co-operate or resist; we can ignore or pay close attention to what is happening on the American political scene today. In many ways, to my great surprise, people are waking up, standing up, speaking out, gathering together, taking steps to bring about change. Many are concerned that our freedoms and our deeply held values need to be protected in the face of possible threat.

This is new behavior for most of us who tend to just roll along with the general population. Currently, it’s the ‘immigration’ issue that is driving most of the uprisings across the country. The implications of the whole immigration equation weigh heavily on us because of our DNA, our very roots as individuals and as a people, because we are Americans—sons and daughters of Lady Liberty.

If one pictures the scales of Justice, it begins to be obvious that, pretty soon, the load will shift and matters will be sorted out – in favor of those in our midst who have been treated unjustly.

Let it be so, America!

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Travel as Prayer

Blog by Anita Davidson, OPA

To celebrate my 60th and her 30th birthday, my daughter and I took a trip to Ireland and Lithuania. Ireland because I’ve always wanted to go there and Lithuania because my maternal grandparents emigrated from there to the US. It was my first trip “across the pond” and I was full of anticipation!  The red-eye flight from Chicago to Dublin left me exhausted, but even exhaustion couldn’t quash my delight as we shared our first beautiful Irish sunrise followed almost immediately by a rainbow!  It felt as if all of Ireland was saying, “Welcome!  We’re so glad you’re here!” It was the beginning of a wonderful week of adventures.

I spent much of our visit awestruck – by the magnificent churches and castles, the beautiful countryside, the deep sense of history embedded in the cobblestones on which we walked.  Nature sings the praises of God in Ireland through the bright yellow fields of rapeseed, the Dunmore Caves, the rolling hills, the blue waters of Dingle Bay (and its famous dolphin!), the majestic Cliffs of Moher and all the way up to Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. I’ve always imagined Ireland to be a “thin” place – where the boundary between heaven and earth is nearly non-existent.  It turns out that I was right!

As if the natural wonders weren’t enough, or perhaps because of the natural beauty of which they were a part, human beings have been hallowing this land since long before recorded history began.  At Newgrange is an ancient temple built around 3200 BCE (older than the pyramids!). Stone circles built by civilizations from 1100 BCE can be found all over the countryside. Christian monasteries and churches date back to the early 5th century CE, some of which are still at least partially standing.  As we visited many of these sites, I was moved to reflect on the deep connection to the Holy that must have permeated the lives of the generations of people who, without benefit of modern earthmoving machinery, spent their lives using their God-given gifts to imagine, design, carve, paint, and sculpt these magnificent structures.  Most of them began the projects knowing they would never live to see them finished, but hoping their children and surely their grandchildren would. I was deeply humbled by their vision and faith.  I wandered around them in wonder and awe, soaking up the holiness of the place, the land, the people.

Just being in Ireland – the land of Ériu, the goddess of the land – felt like prayer. Walking its fields and roads, wading in its waters, listening to its music, watching its dances, all felt like sacred ritual. I left this beautiful land with my heart and soul filled to overflowing.

Who knew there was more holiness awaiting me in Lithuania, the land of my ancestors?!  But I’ll save that for another day.

Click here for pictures.

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Mission Immersion 2017

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

A wonderful time was had by all!  On May 18-20, 2017 the Ministry of Welcome-Vocation Team had the pleasure of welcoming three young women to join us for a weekend of prayer, service, reflection and fun during a four-day service retreat at Dominican Acres in Blacklick, OH.  Our time together included sharing community prayer each morning and evening, serving at a local soup kitchen and working at Shepherds Corner, the Dominican Sisters of Peace ecology center located in Blacklick, OH.

Our days together were not just about doing service, we also reflected on the importance of advocacy and working for justice in addition to doing acts of charity.  Talks by Dominican Sister of Peace, Barbara Kane, OP and our congregational Social Justice Promoter, Kelly Litt, helped connect our service actions with the need to advocate for justice and promote systemic change.

Below are just a few comments about the weekend and our time together from our participants:

“Wonderful and peaceful area and comforting house. [The] comradery was so strong between participants and sisters. [The] prayer was so effective…God’s creation really came alive within me.”

“I found the presentations, prayer and reflection time helpful for processing the work we did and connecting our local situation to global justice issues…The beautiful accommodations at the lakehouse and Sr. Maureen’s delicious cooking made me feel welcome and comfortable…Thank you for this “mission immersion” experience!  I enjoyed our conversations and felt I got to know the Dominican Sisters of Peace better.”

“I liked having prayer together so that we could join together and be connected at the beginning and the end of our day. It brought a sense of community to the group…I learned a lot about how to more effectively work toward peace and justice through charity and advocacy.  This weekend helped me to focus my attention on finding a cause that I am passionate about working toward making an impact.”

Click here for some great pictures from our time together and mark your calendars to join us for our next retreat coming soon – September 8-10, 2017!


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