Be a Part of 200 Years of Dominican History

As part of our 200th-anniversary celebration, the Congregation is planning a podcast – a series of audio stories that can be downloaded from the internet – that will chronicle the history of and tell the stories of our Congregation. We need your help – your stories and your memories – to make this special program as rich and as beautiful as our community.

WHY ARE WE CREATING A PODCAST?
The 200th-anniversary podcast is meant to introduce listeners to the women of the United States Dominican community as founded by our foremothers in Kentucky, and as lived through today by our Sisters from the eight congregations that make up the present-day DSOP. The content contributed by our Sisters will be written into narratives that can be presented in the podcast format. Some stories might be recorded using the voice of the Sister who contributed it… others, particularly stories about Sisters who have died, will be voiced.

HOW CAN I BE A PART OF THE PODCAST?
While Dominican life is about COMMUNITY, it is also about INDIVIDUALS. Each of us has lived our own form of the Dominican charism, and each of us has stories about that experience that we can share. Just as important, many of us know and remember our beloved Sisters who have gone home to God and carry stories in our hearts that we can share with our Sisters now, and those who come after us.

We are looking for stories from Sisters, Associates, and staff that illustrate the pioneering spirit of our Sisters across the past two centuries … the stories that you heard as a discerner or postulate that attracted you to our congregation, the stories of Sisters past and present who have made our community what it is, and the historical events that provided the context for the community and spiritual growth of our congregation. Do you have a story about a Sister that you would like to share? This narrative podcast is a way to keep our stories alive and to share them with generations of our Sisters to come.

Right now, we are looking for story ideas. You can call (614) 416-1017, give us your name and your phone number, and tell us a little about your story…just a line or two.  We will call you back to talk about your story. After this initial discussion, we ask that you be open to a longer conversation where you can tell us the entire story, and even answer questions that might make the story better.

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE?
No Sister or Associate has to participate, but please remember, YOU are the carrier of our history … the stories of our Sisters and our Congregation reside in your mind and your heart. We hope that you will be generous enough to share them with us, and with future generations.

WHO WILL LISTEN TO OUR PODCAST
The podcast is designed to appeal to Sisters, Associates, Staff, discerners Staff, discerners, and anyone interested in the stories of the brave and inspiring Sisters who pioneered by bringing the Dominican Charism to the United States. We expect that we will also get listeners who are interested in United States history, Catholic history, religious history, and history of religious women.

The podcast will be available on OPPeace.org.

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If you are not familiar with podcasts, here is some information about what podcasts are and how you can listen to them 

WHAT IS A PODCAST?
A podcast is the 21st-century version of the old radio programs that many of our older Sisters may have enjoyed growing up. It is simply a series of episodes of an audio program on a specific topic.

When writers and creators began releasing these new audio programs, the tech world dubbed them “podcasts” because they could be downloaded into an iPod and listened to anytime, anywhere. Even that name has become dated as ipods have been replaced by cell phones, but the name has stuck.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST?
Our 200th Anniversary Podcast will be available to anyone who wants to listen to it at no cost. Most other podcasts are also available at no cost.

WHAT TECHNOLOGY WILL I NEED TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST?
You can listen to a podcast using your smartphone, your computer, or your tablet, as long as it is connected to the internet and has audio capabilities.

HOW CAN I FIND PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO?
Our 200th Anniversary Podcast will be available on OPPeace.

Podcasts are distributed through streaming services or podcasting services, which can be likened to the radio networks that distributed radio serials years ago. These services act as “libraries” for podcasts, where users can search podcasts by subject matter or creator.

We are so very excited to hear your stories, and to share them with our Sisters, our Associates, and the future Sisters of our and other congregations. Remember, each of us are the keepers of our shared history, and we hope that you will be generous enough to share with us and with future generations.

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8 responses to “Be a Part of 200 Years of Dominican History

  1. I am interested in offering a story or two about change over my 60 years of religious profession. Want guidance on the topics needed or already ‘covered’ by others.

  2. If needed I could do a segment on the founding of the Dominican Learning Center up to the present.

  3. I could offer a segment based on the Thesis of Sr Carolyn Krebs, on Lucy Eaton Smith, Albany NY and Retreat ministry.

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