Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresa Gurule, OP, (81), a native of Los Lunas, NM, died on December 22, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Teresa was born in 1939 to Josefina Paubla Aragon and Manuel Jose Gurule. She entered the Congregation in 1959, made her first profession in 1961, and took her final vows in 1966. She would have celebrated her sixtieth year of religious life in 2021.

In the spirit of St. Dominic, Sr. Teresa loved to study, and she focused on learning new ways to improve her ministries. She earned numerous certificates including CCD Master Certification, Pastoral Work with the Latino Community,  Secretarial Studies and Computer Science. Observing the world around her, Teresa saw that technology would come to play an important role in retreat work and parish ministry. She took courses in Porta-Pak Video Taping and Basic Video Editing to better serve those to whom she ministered.

Sister Teresa spent much of her religious life in retreat and parish work, helping others hear and respond to the word of God in their own lives.  She ministered in Dominican retreat houses in Elkins Park, PA; Philadelphia, PA; Schenectady, NY and Albuquerque, NM. She also assisted at the Loretto Residence Center in Dayton, OH.  Later she ministered in parish ministry in San Felipe, NM; Queen of Heaven, NM; Holy Family, NM, and the Catholic Center in New Mexico, where she worked in the education department assisting with the creation and presentation of audio-visual materials.

After her retirement, Sr. Teresa lived for a time at Encino House, a housing development for senior citizens in Albuquerque, NM. She ministered as a companion to many residents who were looking for a word of encouragement during their own challenges and helped her fellow residents keep up with their appointments and medical needs.

Sr. Teresa moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine, KY) in 2014, and continued to serve her community members through her work as a volunteer. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), in 2017.

Sr. Teresa is survived by two brothers, Orlando Gurule and David Gurule, and several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Teresa was interred in a private graveside service on December 30, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

 

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Unapologetically Black

February 16, 2021

First published June 29, 2020

Where do we go from here?

Colette Parker at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Tenth Anniversary Assembly in 2019.

I’ve heard a lot of people asking that question lately.

Interestingly enough, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. posed that same question in 1967 (during the annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference). He suggested that to answer the question, we must first HONESTLY recognize where we are
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King said: “When the Constitution was written, a strange formula to determine taxes and representation declared that the Negro was sixty percent of a person. Today, another curious formula seems to declare he is fifty percent of a person. Of the good things in life, the Negro has approximately one half those of whites. Of the bad things of life, he has twice those of whites.“

Thus, half of all Negroes live in substandard housing. And Negroes have half the income of whites. When we turn to the negative experiences of life, the Negro has a double share: There are twice as many unemployed; the rate of infant mortality among Negroes is double that of whites, and there are twice as many Negroes dying in Vietnam as whites in proportion to their size in the population.  In other spheres, the figures are equally alarming. In elementary schools, Negroes lag one to three years behind whites, and their segregated schools receive substantially less money per student than the white schools. One-twentieth as many Negroes as whites attend college. Of employed Negroes, seventy-five percent hold menial jobs. This is where we are.”

To all of my well-meaning white brothers and sisters who are asking the question today – eager to move to “action steps” in a quest to end racism, I have a question for you: Do you know where we are? If not, I suggest that you find out before moving to treat the symptoms rather than working to root out the disease, which is racism.

To all of my Black and Brown brothers and sisters, I suggest that we follow King’s advice: “First, we must massively assert our dignity and worth. We must stand up amid a system that still oppresses us and develop an unassailable and majestic sense of values.”

He warned, however, that arousing human worth within a “people that have been taught for so many centuries that they are nobody is not easy.” He stressed how even semantics/language have perpetuated a false sense of inferiority in Black and Brown children while perpetuating a false sense of superiority in white children.

“In Roget’s Thesaurus there are some 120 synonyms for blackness and at least sixty of them are offensive, such words as blot, soot, grim, devil, and foul. And there are some 134 synonyms for whiteness and all are favorable, expressed in such words as purity, cleanliness, chastity, and innocence. A white lie is better than a black lie.  The most degenerate member of a family is the “black sheep”, he said.

King urged us to affirm our own self-worth, to reach down to the inner depths of our own being, and sign our own emancipation proclamation, telling the world that we are human beings with dignity and honor.

I signed my own emancipation proclamation decades ago, and I will not apologize for my truth: that I am Black, that I am proud (not arrogant), that I am valuable, that I have a rich and noble history, that Black is beautiful, that Black men are not a threat, that Black Lives Matter.

And I will not apologize for hesitating to applaud the institutions, corporations, organizations, and individuals who insist on treating the symptoms of racism while white supremacy continues to drive the operating system in America.

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Communicate with Kindness

A Lenten blog by
Sister Barbara Kane, OP

Meister Eckhart, a great Dominican mystic, taught: “Every creature is a word of God and a book about God.” Isn’t that a wonderful image?  You and I, all of us, are unique words of God for the world… helping the world to know about God’s great compassion.  There are two expressions that are uniquely human; one of which we share with God. They are “I’m sorry” and “I forgive you.” Phrases that will elicit great inner peace when sincerely given.  God always whispers, “You’re forgiven” whenever we ask.  As we begin the season of Lent, can we be God’s words to those we’ve hurt or who have hurt us?  Can we be open to admitting our offenses and sharing forgiveness with

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, Justice Promoter

others? If we can, then we will hear those words God longs to whisper, “You are my beloved” and we will ourselves experience God’s compassion and peace.

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Peace and Justice Updates 2.17.2021

From NETWORK:
Lent is a time for reflection and action, of examining our old ways and preparing for a new way of living in community. In this spirit, NETWORK has gathered information, reflections, and ways to take action based on the Build Anew Agenda to share every week during Lent.

Each week of Lent, you will be called to advocate for COVID-19 relief, justice for immigrants, strengthening our democracy, and more. Join us in taking action to shape our nation’s policies during Lent. 

Recognizing that we must name and dismantle systems of oppression before building new, just systems, NETWORK’s Lenten resource will encourage our community of Spirit-filled advocates each week with prayers and reflections. If you haven’t signed up yet, sign up today to receive NETWORK’s weekly Lenten emails.

Download the introduction to our Lenten toolkit here to read an opening reflection from Rev. Leslie Copeland-Tune and prayer by Rev. Bo Barber II on what it will take for us to Build Anew.

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Sisterhood is Powerful: Dreaming about a Future Together

Anne Lythgoe, OP (Peace)
President, Dominican Sisters Conference

February 17, 2021 — What do you imagine the future will be?  What will Dominican Life and Mission look like in five years? Ten years? Twenty? Can you imagine that far out in time?

Dominican sisters, both leaders and members, have been coalescing around these questions for some time now, and a new energy and direction is rising up around them.

Building on the evolutionary path of Dominican Women Afire, the Dominican Sisterhood Futuring Task Force has been hard at work since October of 2018, to gather the energy of our sisters under 70 and provide a forum in which they can talk together and explore their own visions of the future. It used the Visitation relationship of Elizabeth and Mary to make visible the relationship between older members (Elizabeths) who can offer guidance and encouragement to the younger members (Marys) as they bring to birth the Gospel in new ways. The Task Force is a sub-committee of the Dominican Sisters Conference and Sr. Pat Twohill is a member of the sub-committee.

An extensive survey of Marys (sisters under 70) in US congregations revealed a strong energy for collaboration, for a need for itinerancy, a willingness to dream, and lots of excitement about moving forward.  So what are Marys dreaming about? We want to know, we want to engage younger members in the kind of substantive, realistic conversations that will give voice to their vision and support for its implementation.

A new under 70 core committee is being called forth to play a vital leadership role in animating the future of our Dominican Sisterhood.   We look to this committee to offer the kind of leadership and commitment needed to bring to birth a new way of being Dominican together, a new way to live the life and mission we all share.

This is a moment of empowerment. It is a call to gather the women who will lead and live Dominican Life well beyond the present time.  Who knows where it will lead? But there is serious and committed energy around making concrete and committed steps toward a future together.

In a practical way, and as a beginning, the committee will coordinate newly forming affinity groups on a number of topics ranging from anti-racism to environmental justice and to intercommunity living.  A new database of members under 70 will help connect sisters across congregational boundaries and help foster an understanding of each other, what they are interested in, how they see their own future together.

Many sisters across congregations are ready to move toward a new “something” together. What does this look like, especially in light of the demographic realities of the 19 congregations of Dominicans in the US who are getting smaller and some closer to completion? What are our Marys moving toward?

The work of the DSC Task Force has prepared the soil for new concrete ways for Marys to not only relate to one another, but also to move into a shared vision for the future. Our hope is that a strong core committee can provide the leadership and animation needed to empower our sisterhood.

Truly, sisterhood is powerful — we have seen it in our founding sisters, in their courage and commitment to create something new.  Something new is indeed being created now, who will be a part of it? What will they create? How will they live Dominican life and mission together? The time is now and the urgency is now. Watch this space as this new energy comes to life. And support members under 70 in their visions and hopes for the future.

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