Honoring Our Sister Nurses

As we celebrate National Nurses Week, we thank God for the nurses who care for us in our Motherhouses and Care Centers.

We are also celebrating our Sisters who served as nurses during their ministries around the world. The Dominican Sisters of Peace founded three hospitals in Kansas: St. Rose Hospital,(Great Bend, 1903); St. Catherine (Garden City, 1931) and St. Joseph (Larned, 1951), as well as the Central Kansas Medical Center in Great Bend, KS. While management of these facilities has transferred to a lay organization, the Congregation still operates Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, and Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Kentucky. In addition, the Lourdes Senior Community in Waterford, Michigan, formerly sponsored by the Oxford Dominicans, includes under a single board four facilities: Lourdes Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Mendelson Home (assisted living), Clausen Manor (Alzheimer’s care), and Fox Manor (independent living).

While many of our Sisters have retired from nursing, they are still in active ministries of prayer, service, community leadership and more.


Sister Harriet Agnew during her nursing ministry in Akron, OH.
Dominican Sister of Peace Harriet Agnew.
Dominican Sister of Peace Kathleen Andrews






Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Arceneaux
Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Ellen Brady






Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Lou Densa
Dominican Sister of Peace Kathleen Corrigan
Dominican Sister of peace Catherine Mayla Chen
Dominican Sister of Peace Juanita Carrigan
Dominican Sister of Peace Maureen Carney
Dominican Sister of Peace Esther Calderon






Dominican Sister of Peace Lillian Gehlen
Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Dunning
Dominican Sister of Peace Gemma Doll
Sr. Esther Calderon during her nursing ministry in Arizona.






Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Hageman
Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Marie Glaser
Dominican Sister of Peace Carol Gerke






Dominican Sister of Peace Binh Thanh Nguyen
Dominican Sister of Peace Marcellino Dung Nguyen
Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McGough
Dominican Sister of Peace Pieta Mattingly
Dominican Sister of Peace Patricius Henderson
Dominican Sister of Peace Dominic Haug





Sister Kathleen Andrews during her nursing ministry.


Dominican Sister of Peace Carolyn Thurn




Dominican Sister of Peace Nang Thi Nguyen
Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine Shaw Cote
Dominican Sister of Peace Ancilla Shawe






Not shown, Dominican Sister of Peace Giovanni Cody

Dominican Sister of Peace Adeline Wedeking
Dominican Sister of Peace Annette Winter
Dominican Sister of Peace Terry Wasinger
Dominican Sister of Peace Charlotte Unrein
Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Uche


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Peace and Justice Updates – 5.5.2021

Help Stop the Use of Landmines
In today’s Justice Blog, Sr. Judy Morris told us about the dangers of landmines and how people are still suffering and dying from these leftover weapons.

164 nations have banned anti-personnel landmines because of the horrific, almost never-ending legacy of death and destruction that they cause. It’s time that the United States do the same.

Over the past 30 years, the number of landmine casualties has plummeted around the world. Please click here to sign a petition asking President Biden to ensure safety for the future by banning landmines.

John Lewis Voting Rights Day
The Late Congressman John Lewis shed his blood crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge to Fight for Black voters and Voters of Color to participate in America’s electoral process and the enactment of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Voting rights are under attack nationally by state legislators, and special interests and billionaires are spending unlimited amounts of money to buy our elections.

Join the action on May 8 to demand the passage of the For the People Act, the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and D.C. Statehood and to address one of the greatest obstacles to the passage of civil and voting rights – and one of the last vestiges of slavery – the filibuster! Find an action near you!

LCWR has endorsed the national John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day and we plan to release a joint statement with the National Black Sisters Conference on the critical importance of ensuring that all people—no matter race, zip code, economic situation—enjoy the sacred right to vote. Organizers have prepared this toolkit to help with messaging.

Celebrate Laudato Si’ Week!
Laudato Si’ Week 2021 will be celebrated May 16-24.  The theme of this year is the very positive message: “for we know that things can change” (LS 13). The Laudato Si’ Week will be a core event of the Special Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year, and a way to celebrate the steps that the whole Church has made on its journey to ecological conversion. It will also be a time to reflect on what the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us and how we might prepare for the future with hope.”

Click here to view all the events of the week. Inspired to take a fresh look at Laudato Si’—consider this study guide.

Take some time to learn about the Laudato Si’ Action Platform initiative and Laudato Si’ Goals.

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The War That Never Ends

Blog by Justice Promoter Sister Judy Morris, OP

It is hard to imagine that in 2021 humanitarian organizations are still calling for an end to the use of landmines and removal of those that remain in countries no longer engaged in war.  Princess Diana put the issue on the map, but that issue remains a mark of human failure to being human.

“In 2018 nearly 20 civilians were killed or injured every day by land mines and unexploded ordinance remnants, such as cluster munitions, and land mines.  Children represented 40 percent of the casualties according to the International Coalition to Ban Landmines.”
                                                              The Washington Post


Those who pay the price of land mines that remain in place long after a war has ended are often children, farmers, and women who perform the work of gathering food and water.  Currently the United States has three million land mines in its arsenal.  We need to make sure these weapons are never put to use.

The Obama administration only allowed anti-personnel land mines to be used in defense of the Korean Peninsula and called for destroying stockpiles that were not meant for that defense.

President Trump’s policy reversed that decision.   It is important to call for President Biden to create a policy that eliminates use of land mines in areas across the world where there has been U.S. military presence.   In response to this tragic policy, 164 nations have barred land mines which create a never-ending destruction of life.  The United States is one of only a handful of nations that refuse to sign a permanent ban.

According to Alex Horton, in Vietnam alone, leftover land mines and other explosive devices dropped by the United States have killed over 40,000 people since the end of the war, and it may take 300 years for all remaining munitions to be cleared.

As many celebrate the end of involvement in the military presence of the United States in Afghanistan, we are forced to recognize the high density of land mines present everywhere.  In addition to saving lives, a desperately needed policy change in land mines will enable farmers to grow crops and animals to graze, as well as civilians to walk the land without fear.  We need to end this war on civilians that never ends.

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Going Green in Spring – Honoring Earth and Planning Activities

These tips have been provided by members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Eco-Justice Committee.


  1. Plan to celebrate EARTH DAY (officially – April 22) BUT… every day is EARTH DAY so perhaps choose another day to your liking (find an Earth Day Prayer from the Eco-Justice Committee).
  2. Wear brown or green when celebrating EARTH.
  3. Participate in one of the EARTH DAY activities in your area—or organize one yourself.
  4. Become an EARTH advocate by encouraging others to honor, celebrate and care for EARTH.
  5. Journal some experiences you’ve had with God’s good EARTH.
  6. Try to spend some time outdoors on a regular basis to see and soak in the beauty of nature.
  7. Perhaps visit a garden to smell the flowers or admire the growing vegetables.
  8. Plan a regularly scheduled meeting for an outdoor venue on the grounds or at a nearby park and maybe bring a picnic lunch.



  1. Consider a flower or vegetable garden. Containers big or small with drainage holes are good for limited home areas. Window boxes good for herbs or flowers.
  2. Weeds:
    • Try to get weed roots; easiest to hand pull when ground is damp. Or use a long handle, flat screwdriver to dig them out.
    • Non-toxic weed killer – mix one ounce of white vinegar with one ounce of cheap gin and eight ounces of water, then pour or spray on the weeds.
    • Pouring boiling water on weeds amidst rocks and driveway works.
  3. Help organize ways to donate usable items to charities or for fund-raising for charities.
  4. Clean up:
    • Organize a neighborhood clean-up for trash.
    • Join or start an “Adopt-a-Highway” program.
    • Involve family, school groups, parish, work groups.
    • Adopt a stretch of brook or stream or roadway to keep litter-free. Check on a weekly basis.
  5. Forming or join an “Eco-Committee” in your area and work with others to share ideas, projects, and support.
  6. Get outside. Go for the walks, bike rides, or runs missed over winter.
  7. Take walks in the woods looking for wildflowers and bird nests. Take photos or sketch what you find.
  8. Clean out your birdbath—cleaning and filling with clean water on a regular basis.
  9. Fill and hang out a hummingbird feeder.

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Seven Years to Sustainability – Examining the Program Goals, Number 1

Goal 1 – Response to the Cry of the Earth (greater use of clean renewable energy and reducing fossil fuels in order to achieve carbon neutrality, efforts to protect and promote biodiversity, guaranteeing access to clean water for all, etc.)

  •  Motherhouses, Congregational homes/buildings, and Associate homes –   Click here to calculate your community’s carbon footprint.  Meet with your community to find ways to work to reduce it.
  • Congregation and Associates divest of fossil fuel investments and invest in clean renewable energy.
  • Consider holding online conferences and meetings. The carbon footprint of an online conference is vastly smaller than its in-person counterpart but it is not zero.
  • Work to change our actions that contribute to biodiversity loss.  (e.g. habitat loss and fragmentation, unsustainable resource use, invasive species, pollution, and global climate change)
  • Become active advocates around issues of fossil fuels, renewable energy and biodiversity concerns.
  • Be mindful of personal water use: keep a jug of water in your refrigerator, save water that you run [eg. while waiting for it to warm up] in a bucket and water plants or use for something else later, install a low-flow faucet aerator which can cut water use in half, reduce shower time- aim for 5 minutes.

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