Reach up!  Step out!  Take a Leap of Faith! 

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

That is exactly what Cathy Buchanan did on Saturday, August 8th when she entered the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  With local community gathered around her and an extended community of Sisters, family and friends zooming in from around the country, she reached up, stepped out and took a leap of faith.

Cathy will spend the next year, or so, as a Candidate in our Congregation.  During the rite of entrance, our Prioress, Sr. Pat Twohill, asked her, “Cathy, what is your desire?”  Cathy replied, “To live as a candidate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, to learn what it is to be a Dominican, and to continue to answer God’s call.”  To this request, the Sisters affirmed that they were willing to welcome Cathy, support her with prayer, share their knowledge and experience with her and receive her gifts.  Indeed, we will welcome her gifts and encourage her to find new ones, to accompany her in challenging times, listen to her as she continues to discern God’s call and celebrate with her every step of the way.








It was a powerful witness of the fact that God is calling people to radical witness and to courageous action. In these times of uncertainty, one thing is clear; God is with us in all of it.  We just need to listen, reach up, step out and take a leap of faith!

What is your desire?  If it is “To live as a Dominican Sister of Peace.” – Then contact us to begin the conversation.   Also, please consider attending our Virtual Discernment Retreat, September 11-13.  To register, click here, or to get more information, please call/text Sr. Bea Tiboldi at 614-400-1255 or e-mail

It was my great honor to preach during Cathy’s Welcome Ceremony.  I offer that preaching to you here for your reflection.  Please pray for Cathy, and all people discerning their call.


Sr. June

p.s. stay tuned for a video of Cathy’s entrance ceremony.

Posted in God Calling?

9 responses to “Reach up!  Step out!  Take a Leap of Faith! 

  1. Welcome Cathy, my prayer will continue to accompany you on this wondrous journey into religious life. Your preaching was heart-warming June. Blessings on our community in the East!

  2. Cathy,
    I stand with you and support you as you journey forward into surprise and adventure of all that is yet to come. You also have had a full life so far as you trust God. Now you also have Dominican Saints to help you along the path.

  3. Congratulations to all of you on the Formation/Recruitment team! God continue to bless us with beautiful women.

  4. Welcome Cathy ! I am grateful for your generous gift of self and for June sharing with us the news of your entrance.
    I look forward to seeing you in person.
    Sr. Anne

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