Embracing the Transitions of Life

Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

May the God of Transition be with you, inviting you to the new and the unknown where God waits to spring to life in you.”  Maxine Shonk, OP

Before entering religious life, I rarely thought about the word “transition” or the action of “being in transition.”  Yet, I certainly was aware of going through and adjusting to different changes in my life. I was also aware that these times of change were times of great personal growth.  We have all heard the famous quote by the ancient philosopher, Heraclitus, “The only thing constant in life is change.”  Religious life is such a wonderful example and teacher of that principle.  Our Loving “God of Transition” is always inviting us to the “new and the unknown.”

Indeed, God goes before us on our paths of change. The gift of approaching our transitions with open hearts and minds, is the blessing of allowing God to transform us into our best selves. I am grateful for the openness of several of the women in formation with our congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who are transitioning to the next stage of their initial formation journey.  I am inspired by their openness to continue the new and changing path of their journey, opening themselves up to new experiences, such as new locations, new local communities, and new ministries.  Each of the women in formation, who are anticipating a transition in the next few weeks and months, have allowed themselves to be open to God and the unknown path of their future.

Candidates Cathy Buchanan and Tram Bui will become Canonical Novices in July and will begin the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) in Chicago, on August 14, 2021. They are looking forward to deepening their knowledge and experience of Dominican life.  Sr. Ann Killian has recently returned from the CDN and did a short preaching for her Welcome Back ceremony at Evening Vespers, which I invite you to read.  Sr. Annie will be part of a new local community that is forming in South Bend, Indiana on July 1, 2021.  She will begin her Apostolic novitiate year in ministry doing a Fellowship at Notre Dame University.  Sr. Margaret Uche will renew her vows of Temporary Profession and recently began a summer unit of CPE.  Sr. Ellen Coates will make her First Profession of Vows in the congregation on August 1, 2021.  Additionally, Sr. Ana Gonzalez will make her Perpetual Profession of Vows on August 8, 2021.  These women in formation, along with Sr. Phuong Vu, who made First Profession of Vows on December 8, 2020, have whole heartily embraced the transition and unknown elements of their future as they continue the path of their journey into religious life.

Transition is a part of all our lives.  Even religious life, itself, is in transition, but moving toward a hopeful future. The good news about transition is that if we allow our hearts and minds to be open, God will enable us to grow through the transformative process of change.  I want to invite you to please keep all our women in formation in your prayers as they continue the many transitions in their journey.  And may “The God of Transition” be with all of us!

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Pat Dual, OP

Posted in God Calling?, Vocations Blog

One response to “Embracing the Transitions of Life

  1. Great job, Pat, great to see all the women together and identified in this way. Its hard to get who’s who for those of us who are not at the Motherhouses when they’ve visited.
    How about a trip to the Wild West sometime?!?

    keep up the good work!

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