Sister Irene Hartman, OP

Sr. Irene Hartman, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Irene Hartman (95) died at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS on August 17, 2017. She was born in 1921 to Eva Bull and Emil Hartman in Clonmel, KS. In 1939 she entered the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Irene held a Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, a Master of Science in Education from Creighton University in Omaha, and a Master of Science in Theology from St. Xavier University in Chicago.

Sr. Irene carried out her ministry as a teacher and school administrator in schools across Kansas, with a brief stint in Lawrence, NE. After she left teaching, she spent time at the House of Praise, a prayer ministry in Great Bend, before moving on to parish ministry.

As part of her parish ministry, Sr. Irene had the opportunity to enjoy one of her great talents, writing. She served as a community historian, was a weekly contributor to the Southwest Kansas Register, and even helped a friend pen her autobiography. “Writing invigorates me,” she said. “It is there that I can claim my charism to fullest extent.”

Sr. Irene left a beautiful and visible legacy at the Larned State Hospital when she and Sister Mary Ann Klein created a set of liturgical tapestries for a chapel in the high-security Dillon Building of the facility. The two Sisters helped to create sacred and welcoming space for men seeking the peace of God.

In her preaching at the funeral Sr. Renee Dreiling remembered Sr. Irene’s love of learning – not only scholarly learning but practical things like how to cook and to bake. She enjoyed combining her love of religious literacy with her skill in the kitchen by hosting gourmet dinners complete with historical quizzes. Sr. Renee joked that she used to refer to Sr. Irene as the “party girl.”

Sister Irene was preceded in death by her parents and thirteen siblings. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on Tuesday, August 22 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Great Bend, KS. Sister Irene was interred at the Sisters Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend.

Memorial gifts in Sr Irene’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive
Columbus, OH 43219

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Dominican Sisters of Peace Contribute to National Craft Exhibit to aid Immigrants

Staff member and Associate Mary Ellen George sews letters for the word WELCOME on her quilt.

Missions start in many ways. Sometimes it’s a person of faith seeing a need, and working to answer it. Sometimes it’s a project identified by a person of authority and assigned to a person or a team to carry out. And sometimes, it’s a response to a question. That is the story of the Welcome Blanket project recently completed at the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

The national Welcome Blanket Project, the brain child of Chicago’s SMART Museum, is the result of a question asked about the Administration’s proposed “border wall.”  In the words of the museum’s website:

Sister Andre Kravec, OP, (right) and Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate Conni Dubick (left) knot a quilt for the Welcome Blanket Project.

 

Imagine if the 2000-mile distance of the proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico was re-conceptualized and re-contextualized not to divide, but to include. Instead of a wall, a concrete line, to keep people out, what if lines of yarn became 3,500,640 yards of blankets to welcome people in?

This question was brought to the Congregation’s Immigration Reform Committee, and a mini-mission was born.

“The Dominican Sisters of Peace and their Associates are committed to comprehensive and compassionate immigration reform,” said Conni Dubick, Chair of the Immigration Reform Committee and an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. “This act of peaceful resistance and heartfelt welcome is a natural response to the current crisis faced by those new to our country who are being attacked by a hostile and heartless administration.”

Of course, the next step in the process was creating the blankets in a very short timeframe. Spearheaded by Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate and Staff member Mary Ellen George, Sisters, Associates, and Congregation staff worked in off hours to sew, knit, and crochet blankets and quilts for the Welcome Blanket Project. Seven quilts were crafted by associates and sisters, and a large group of Sisters came together to knot each quilt and offer prayers for the recipients.

Father Mike Trainor, OP, blesses the blankets created by Dominican Sisters of Peace, Associates, and staff for the Welcome Blanket project.

In all, nine blankets and quilts were crafted by Sisters, Associates, and staff, and blessed in a special mass at the Motherhouse Chapel. The blankets will be sent to the SMART Museum to be displayed as part of the Welcome Blanket exhibition through December 17. After the show’s close, the blanket packages will be distributed to refugees and other immigrants through resettlement organizations.

“Jesus taught that when we receive a foreigner, we receive Him´ said Kelly Litt, Social Justice Promoter for the Congregation and a Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate. “By creating these blankets, we are receiving immigrants with love and prayer. We all hope that actions like this, by everyday American citizens, will help to soften the heart of the president and his administration to create more just and compassionate immigration reforms.”

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Sister Carmen Aragon, OP

Sister Carmen Aragon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Carmen Aragon, OP, (87) died at ODU East Hospital in Columbus, OH, on Monday, August 14, 2017.  She was born in 1930 in Cienfuegos, Cuba, to Maria Caridad Aloma and Pedro Reginaldo Aragon. In 1959, inspired by the Dominican Sisters she had met in school in Cuba, she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’Ricci, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sister Carmen held diplomas in Business and Home Economics from Escuela del Hogar and Escuela Professional de Comiercio in Cuba. After coming to the United States, she earned a certificate in Doctrine and Training Methods in Religious Education and studied health and rehabilitation, philosophy and theology, and accounting before earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal arts from Barry University in Miami, FL.

Sr. Carmen was a teacher in Cuba. After coming to the United States, Sr. Carmen entered retreat ministry, where she served for most her religious life. She was a staff member at the Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA, for more than 30 years, and also served at the Dominican Retreat Houses in Kendall, FL, and Albuquerque, NM.

In her preaching at the funeral Sr. Agnes Gott, OP, remembered Sister Carmen’s enthusiasm for her friends, her work, her many passions, and most of all, her faith. In speaking of Sr. Carmen’s relationship with God, Sr. Agnes said, “She knew she was His beloved – the apple of his eye. She lived in the light of that love… she didn’t need to be in the lime light, she didn’t need to trouble herself trying to do great things but to simply live the little way.”

Sr. Agnes went on to say that, like the Little Flower, Sr. Carmen was gently unassuming, but also strong and determined. She was a fierce advocate for what she believed was right and just and didn’t hesitate to make it known.

She was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her sisters, Maria Teresa Aragon and Elsa Aragon.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on Wednesday, August 23 at Chapel in the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Columbus, OH. Sr. Carmen was laid to rest at St. Joseph Cemetery, also in Columbus, OH.

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

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Dominican Sisters of Peace Release Statement Decrying Repeal of DACA

Dominican Sisters of Peace Decry President’s Decision to End DACA
Sisters call on Congress to pass bipartisan Dream Act of 2017

Columbus, OH – The Leadership Team of the Dominican Sisters of Peace has issued the following statement decrying President Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which will put 800,000 youth who have grown up in the United States at risk.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace now call on Congress to support Dreamers and to pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017 in order to protect Dreamers.

“We are outraged at the President’s decision, despite public, Congressional, and business opposition, to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program,” said Sister Gemma Doll, OP, a member of the Congregation’s leadership team. “DACA has protected from deportation these individuals, who were brought to the United States as children. The program has allowed these young people to obtain work permits, drivers’ licenses, and other necessary documents in order to build productive, contributing lives here in the United States – and they have done just that.”

Many DACA recipients have made a life in the United States and consider themselves Americans. As a country that boasts of opportunity and the “American dream,” it is disgraceful to turn our backs on those who have worked hard, contributed to society, and who see America as the only home they’ve ever known. These children and young adults have done nothing wrong.

‘“Love thy neighbor” is one of the most basic teachings of the Gospel and spans across faith traditions,” Sister Gemma said. “Ending DACA is slamming the door on our neighbor, not only when they need us most, but after they have been helpful to us. Congress has a moral obligation to do the right thing when the current law fails to adequately protect children who were brought here before they were old enough to make decisions on their own.”

The Dominican Sisters of Peace are committed to creating welcoming communities and will continue to stand in support of human rights for immigrants. The Sisters support actions, programs, and legislation on all levels to protect DACA youth and call for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide additional and viable legal avenues for immigration, reunite families, legalize undocumented persons, and establish opportunities for permanent residency.

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Call your Representative today and urge him or her to take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

Call your Representative (1-888-496-3502) and call each of your Senators (1-888-410-0619). Call twice to be connected to both Senators.

Suggested text:
My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/STATE]. I am outraged that President Trump announced the end of DACA today. I urge you to do everything in your power to protect Dreamers by making sure the bipartisan Dream Act 2017 becomes law. As Catholic sister and a member of [ YOUR CONGREGATION], our faith calls us to love our neighbor. DACA recipients are contributing members of our communities. They are Americans in all things but citizenship. They deserve our protection.
Will the [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] do all they can to pass the bipartisan Dream Act 2017, so that DACA recipients gain protection under the law? Thank you for your time.

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Peace & Justice Updates – September 5, 2017

Catholic Call to Justice Event
Saturday September 9
9 am – noon
Christ the King Catholic Church, 2777 East Livingston Ave, Columbus.
The opening session will focus on defining social justice with a reflection on the life of Pope Francis followed by an overview of Catholic Social Teaching. See this flyer for more information.

From Maryknoll Office for Social Concerns
Two years ago, Pope Francis released his groundbreaking environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’. Since then, world leaders, businesses, and individuals have made commitments to reduce fossil fuel emissions and to help climate vulnerable communities around the world. The recent change in the U.S. government’s approach to the climate crisis has left many people asking: “What should we do now?” Join Christians around the world in prayer and action for the “Season of Creation” from September 1 to October 4. Click here for a toolkit, and here for a prayer for the Earth.

Stop Trafficking
Click here for the September edition of Stop Trafficking!

USCCB Establishes New Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism
The committee will focus on addressing the sin of racism in our society, and even in our Church, and the urgent need to come together as a society to find solutions. To read more, click here. For USCCB resources on racism, click here.

Opportunity for Action from the Immigration Reform Committee
The Benedictine Sisters of Erie have started an initiative called “Silent Peace Walks“. The Immigration Reform Committee invites you to implement a Silent Peace Walk around the Motherhouse, your school, learning center, or neighborhood with an invitation to others to join this “strategy for peace.” A current intention for the Silent Peace Walk is that love and compassion be the primary actions for the DACA families. To bring more peace to the world, walk in silence for peace. Mindfully be present and experience peace within and around you. Pray for peace and for our immigrant brothers and sisters and for Dreamers.

Assembly Action Steps

Action Alert from Interfaith Power and Light
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and DOT (Department of Transportation) announced they will begin reconsidering the fuel efficiency standards for cars and passenger trucks which means they are open to rolling back the standards. Click here to tell the EPA and DOT to keep us moving forward with strong fuel efficiency standards.

Action Alert from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR)
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) shares the disappointment of millions of people across the country who had hoped and prayed that President Trump would continue the protection offered Dreamers by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). In the wake of this unconscionable action by President Trump, we urge Congress to immediately take up and pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2017.

DACA was a common sense path to stability for families, communities, and local economies and a reaffirmation of American values. Ending DACA will cause irreparable harm to our families and communities and force 800,000 of our young people back into the shadows

Please make three important calls TODAY!

Call your Representative (1-888-496-3502) and call each of your Senators (1-888-410-0619). Call twice to be connected to both Senators.

Suggested text:
My name is [NAME] and I am a constituent from [CITY/STATE]. I am outraged that President Trump announced the end of DACA today. I urge you to do everything in your power to protect Dreamers by making sure the bipartisan Dream Act 2017 becomes law. As Catholic sister and a member of [ YOUR CONGREGATION], our faith calls us to love our neighbor. DACA recipients are contributing members of our communities. They are Americans in all things but citizenship. They deserve our protection.

Will the [SENATOR/REPRESENTATIVE] do all they can to pass the bipartisan Dream Act 2017, so that DACA recipients gain protection under the law? Thank you for your time.

Learn more about Dream Act 2017.

Dreamers are our neighbors, our students, our friends. Please stand with us and #Faith4DACA and #DefendDACA. Call your Members of Congress and forward this email to your friends and family so they can make their calls too.

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