This morning, I awoke a little earlier than usual. As I lay there for a minute, half asleep and half awake, I became conscious of a song refrain going around in my head. It was the refrain of “Alleluias” heard from our previous Sunday Mass. However, this was four days later, at 5:00 in the morning. I had at least another hour and a half before I needed to get up, and this “Alleluia” chorus kept going around in my head. “Is this the beginning of the blog I prayed for last night?” Happily, it turned out that it was!
“Alleluia” is an expression of rejoicing, meaning “God be praised!” As we continue to rejoice in the Risen Christ this Easter, the Dominican Sisters of Peace also thank and praise God as we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary! Ten years ago on April 12, 2009, seven Dominican congregations united for the sake of the mission, forming a new congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace. For several days in July 2019, during our annual Assembly, the congregation will celebrate together the new life created from this union. God be praised for “doing something new” in our lives of faith and commitment.
God be praised—for the lives of the six new women who felt called to join the Dominican Sisters of Peace as Candidates during the first ten years of our existence! One of these women, Sister Bea Tiboldi, OP, recently professed her Perpetual Vows in April 2019, the month of our tenth anniversary. Sister Elizabeth Jackson, OP, professed Perpetual Vows in December 2018. Two others, Sister Ana Gonzalez, OP and Sister Margaret Uche, OP, professed Temporary Vows in July2018. Sister Phuong Vu is completing her Canonical year as novice in the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate and Candidate Ellen Coates is preparing to begin her novitiate year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in August 2019. The blessings continue, as the Congregation prepares to receive a new Candidate, Annie Killian, in July 2019.
God be praised—for the five women who were in temporary vows in several of the former congregations that united and were among the first to profess their Perpetual Vows in the Dominican Sisters of Peace! They are Sisters Hoa Nguyen, OP, Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP, Patricia Connick, OP, Mary Vuong, OP, and yours truly, Patricia Dual, OP.
God be praised—for several women who are in serious discernment with the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the group of 14 plus women who are currently discerning a call to religious life with our vocation ministers!
Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! The Dominican Sisters of Peace have much to praise God for as we celebrate this Tenth Anniversary! All of the Sisters mentioned represent new life, a continuing of the Dominican heritage passed on by all of our current Sisters and all those who have gone before. How appropriate to offer our praise and gratitude during the joy of this Easter season.
I invite you to join us in giving thanks by praying with us part of our Tenth Anniversary Prayer:
We give you thanks for
This grace-filled decade as
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Carry us Faithful God, into our future
Strengthen and lengthen our roots
Into a new growth of understanding.”
(The Anniversary Prayer)
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