“To praise, to bless, to preach.”
“To Praise, to Bless, to Preach.” This is the motto of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans, and it is the guidance for mission that Dominican Sister of Peace Janet Schlichting has followed through 50 years of religious life—a life of preaching the Gospel that she says, “Has offered me surprise after surprise, peaks and valleys, and adventures abounding.”
Sister Janet entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron in 1967. After First Profession in 1969, she attended the University of Dayton and earned a Bachelor of Science in Art Education in 1972. Her first ministry was teaching art at Our Lady of the Elms, Akron, grades 1-12, now a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
She received a Master of Arts in Liturgical Studies in 1979, and helped out with liturgies at the Akron motherhouse and the elementary school. In 1980 she became an itinerant preacher, working with the friars of the U.S. Southern province and other Dominican women, focusing mainly on missions for parishes in the southern U.S. During this time she also taught liturgy courses in the summers at Loyola University, Chicago, as part of its Summer Pastoral Institute.
Sister Janet returned to the University of Notre Dame and served several years as the assistant director of the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy. Then followed a number of years in retreat ministry as preacher, liturgist and spiritual director at Christ the King Retreat Center in Buffalo, MN and at the Dominican Conference Center in River Forest, IL. She then began studies for her Doctor of Ministry in Preaching at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Graduating in 1999, she assumed the position of Assistant Professor and Director of the Graduate Ministry Program at Ursuline College in Cleveland, OH, and then returned to Aquinas Institute as Assistant Professor of Homiletics. During this time she served on the steering committee for Dominican Praise, a Liturgy of the Hours (Divine Office) created by and for Dominican Sisters of the U.S.
She has returned to the Akron area, where she works as artist, retreat preacher, and presenter for adult faith formation, and is now a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, celebrating this summer their Tenth Jubilee of Foundation as well as her Golden Jubilee in the family of Dominic. She reflects, “I continue to be grateful for this life of preaching the Gospel in a variety of ways, for the support of my Dominican sisters and brothers, and for the creativity of the Holy Spirit, who continues to call me toward new adventures in being formed by the Word and understanding what it means to “Be peace, preach peace, and build peace.”
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