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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Tears We Cannot Stop

Blog by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

At the moment I am reading a very disturbing essay by Michael Eric Dyson: “Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America”. In it, Dyson speaks as a black Baptist minister to white folks about what it really means to be black in America. It is personal, angry, and there is little comfort in his pages.  I have never read such a straightforward and troubling piece, exposing me to the realities faced by our black brothers and sisters in this country. I am disturbed by it because I see my own whiteness contributing to the systemic indifference to black experience that has kept racism (and violence as an acceptable norm) alive for 400 years.

Dyson’s sermon is difficult reading, not because it is intellectually challenging. I simply can’t go too quickly, because every word of it feels like an indictment, a pointed, loving slap of cold water on my face. It is an assault on my assumptions to read his words, yet the tone and credibility of his preaching keep me on the page. He speaks with respect toward white folk, calling us “beloved”, telling us like it is and at the same time, he does not let us off the hook. The Presidency of Barack Obama, the ascendency of Donald Trump’s unapologetic bigotry, the NFL’s Colin Kaepernick, the sad story of Levi Pettit, and numerous examples of black folk victimized by errant police without accountability – all are laid bare and given a new context, a new perspective.

His essay calls to mind the famous songwriters Simon and Garfunkel and their emotionally stirring song: Bridge Over Troubled Water.  There really is a great deal of troubled water under the bridge, much of it is our own making.

His encouragement to white folks comes in an exhortation to empathy.

“Beloved, all of what I have said should lead you to empathy. It sounds simple, but its benefits are profound. Whiteness must shed its posture of competence, its will to omniscience, its belief in its goodness and purity, and then walk a mile or two in the boots of blackness.  The siege of hate will not end until white folk imagine themselves as black folk – vulnerable despite our virtues. If enough of you, one by one, exercise your civic imagination and puts yourself in the shoes of your black brothers and sisters, you might develop a democratic impatience for injustice, for the cruel disregard of black life, for the careless indifference to our plight…

Do not tell us how we should act if we were you; imagine how you would act if you were us. Imagine living in a society where your white skin marks you for disgust, hate, and fear. Imagine that for many moments. Only when you see black folk as we are, and imagine yourselves as we have to live our lives, only then will the suffering stop, the hurt cease, the pain go away.”

In reading this essay, I realize white folk need not fear Dyson’s words. His indignation is genuine, his anger righteous, his hope born from deep faith. I urge everyone to read it.  The bridge over troubled waters is us.
Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America is available from and other sources in several formats.

Michael Eric Dyson is an award-winning author, a widely celebrated Georgetown University sociology professor, a prominent public intellectual and a noted political analyst. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Dyson is the winner of the American Book Award for Come Hell or High Water: Hurricane Katrina and the Color of Disaster. His book The Black Presidency: Barack Obama and the Politics of Race in America was a Kirkus Prize finalist. Dyson has written 19 books.

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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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