On April 29, we annually celebrate St. Catherine of Siena, one of our Dominican saints and the first woman to be named a Doctor of the Church. I invite you to support our St. Catherine Annual Appeal and to partner with us as we strive to promote peace and to help the poor.
Catherine was an amazing woman! She spoke truth to the leaders of the Church and helped to strengthen it during a time of immense internal strife. She was partly responsible for the return of the Pope from Avignon to Rome, and carried out many missions to princes and Bishops on behalf of the Church.
The Dominican Sisters of Peace are inspired by the example of St. Catherine of Siena. One of Catherine’s most famous sayings is “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” Each of the Dominican Sisters of Peace strives to listen to God’s voice in order to be who God calls her to be. Each Sister strives to live a life of peace-making wherever she is and in everything she does.
Our Sisters live out the mission of St. Catherine in many different ways…
- Trudy Tanner in Garden City, KS, is an example of the enduring power of love. She works with victims of human trafficking, and recently opened the Oasis of Peace, offering a home and transitional services for trafficked women and their children.
- Manuela Crisologo Gonzales participates in the Pastoral Bible Delegation for the Diocese of Chimbote, Peru. She helps to offer scripture workshops for adults in parish settings, and she also mentors university students who seek to deepen their faith.
- As a forensic social worker, Kathy Broussard is the voice of the accused in criminal cases in New Orleans, LA. Her work to humanize those charged with serious crimes in an effort to avoid the death penalty protects the dignity of human life.
- Our retired and infirm Sisters continue to serve in a ministry of prayer and presence in our Care Centers and Motherhouses. They pray daily for you and for peace.
We do not minister alone. As Catherine heard God say in her Dialogue, “I wanted to make you dependent on one another so that each of you would be my minister, dispensing the graces and gifts you have received from me.”
We depend on you and your generosity. Your gift to our Annual Appeal helps to support our Sisters. Your prayers and gifts of time and donations give our ministries life as we work to share God’s peace with those in need around the world.
Out of love and gratitude, we pray for you and your intentions daily. Please send us your prayer intentions on the enclosed card, so that we may be mindful of your special intentions.
Thank you for your generous response to our Annual Appeal. Be assured that your gift to the Dominican Sisters of Peace will strengthen us in our Dominican life and help us to set the world on fire with God’s love.
To view our Saint Catherine’s Day video, please click here.