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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Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McVeigh

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McVeigh

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Michael McVeigh, OP, (Margaret Ann) died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Friday, June 4, 2021. She was 90 years old.

Sister Joan, one of four siblings, was born in 1931 in Spalding, NE, to Marie (Mae) Bernadette O’Sullivan and Antony McVeigh. As a young woman, she sat in church for six days straight, waiting for a word from God as to her future. On the feast of St. Dominic, she heard the word “Come,” and this began her Dominican vocation. She attended Saint Catharine College for one year, and then entered the Congregation in 1950, made her first profession in 1952, and took her final vows in 1955. She served as a Dominican Sister for almost 70 years.

After her entry into the Congregation, Sr. Joan continued her education at St. Catharine College, earning her Associate in Arts degree in English and History. She returned to Nebraska where she ministered as an educator in Bellevue, Hastings, Kearney, and McCook.

Sr. Joan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Social Studies and Education from Siena College, and her Master of Science in Secondary School Education and English from Nebraska State College before moving to Chicago, IL, where she served as the Coordinator for Teacher Corps, a program to improve elementary and secondary teaching in predominantly low-income areas.

During her time in Chicago, Sr. Joan also taught at Holy Angels School, Malcolm X College, and Harold Washington City College. She was committed to teaching the first-generation students at these institutions and did her best to give them the opportunities she believed that they deserved. Sr. Joan also ministered as a substance abuse counselor.

Sister Joan’s “other ministry” was her support of “the right of an informed conscience to decide and to act.” Her dedication led her to take part in many activities to support social justice and civil rights. To Sister Joan, this work was part of her apostolate because “it involved the transmission of truth.”

Sister Joan loved her time in Chicago. When failing health forced her to move to the Ohio Motherhouse, she brought her love for the White Sox and the Bears, for her many students, and for the God who she served for so many years.

In his preaching at her memorial service, Fr. Elias Henritzy, OP, spoke of Sr. Joan’s special relationship with the children that she taught in Chicago. “Every class she taught had a kind of healing in it. She taught the grammar of hearing and sharing and brought each of the children into a sense of community with each other.”

Sister Joan was preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Marie O’Sullivan McVeigh, her sister, Naomi Krausnick and brothers, Cyril, and Arthur. She is survived by nieces, nephews, former students, and many friends.

Sister Joan requested that her body be donated to science.  A private Memorial Service will be held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel at a later date.

To donate in Sr. Joan McVeigh’s memory, please click here.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Joan’s memory may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219.

To download and print a PDF copy of this memorial, please click here.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid Driscoll

Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid Driscoll

Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid (Joan Theresa) Driscoll, OP, (87), a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, died on June 2, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

Sister Michael Brigid, one of four children, was born in 1934 to Brigid Murphy and Michael Driscoll. After studying for one year at Rosary Academy in Watertown, she chose to leave home to enter religious life in 1951. Sister Michael Brigid made her first profession in 1953 and perpetual profession in 1956, taking her parents’ names as her religious name as a sign of her love and respect. She was a Dominican Sister for 67 years.

Sr. Michael Brigid’s first ministry was caring for her Sisters in the infirmary at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. Her kindness was appreciated by those in her care.

Sr. Michael Brigid earned a BS in Education with a minor in English from Siena College in Memphis in 1972. She ministered as an educator for primary school students in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia for more than 40 years. She was also served as principal at St. Mel Day School in Gloucester, MA. She was dedicated to instilling each of her students with a love of learning as well as love for God.

Sr. Michael Brigid served her Congregation as Plant Manager at Rosary Manor, where our Sisters founded more than 20 ministries, including schools, community outreach, and an ecology center at Crystal Spring.

In 2017, Sr. Michael Brigid moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

In her preaching at Sr. Michael’s service, Sr. Eleanor Fabrizi remembered her as a woman deeply devoted to Mary and to the Rosary, who found sacred time with God wherever she was. She also spoke of the many, many children and families who were touched by Sr. Michael’s four decades of ministry as an educator,

Sr. Michael Brigid is survived by one sister Margaret (Peggy) Riley, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 14 and 15.  Sr. Michael Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Michael Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

To donate in Sr. Michael Brigid’s memory, please click here.

 

To view a printable PDF of this memorial, please click here.

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Seven Years to Sustainability – How You Can Get Involved

Invitations from the Eco-Justice Committee:

If you are interested in joining the Eco-Justice Committee, you are invited to contact Judy Hardy, OPA, at jhardy2@insight.rr.com

Last Monday (June 14th), some suggestions for addressing Goal 4: Adoption of Simple Lifestyles (sobriety in the use of resources and energy, avoid single-use plastic, adopt a more plant-based diet and reduce meat consumption, greater use of public transport and avoid polluting modes of transportation, etc.) were offered by Sr. Barbara Kane.

You are invited to share other suggestions for addressing this goal. You can include them below or send them to Judy Hardy at jhardy2@insight.rr.com

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Which Way?

Sr. Mai-dung Nguyen, OP

One day, as I was taking a walk around a nearby university campus, I watched a two or three-year-old girl walking with her Mom. There are many walking paths around the campus. As the little girl and her Mom came closer to an intersection on the path they were walking, the girl said to her Mom:

“This way, Mom,” she said as she pointed to the right side of the path.
“No, this way,” Mom said to her, directing her to another path in front of them.
“No, this way,” said the girl as she began to walk in the direction she wanted to go.
“Come on, this way ….” the Mom asserted and kept walking.
“This way,” the girl insisted, sounding a little stubborn, wanting to go her way.
“No, come on this way, we need to go. Come on,” urged Mom, as she slowed down to wait for the girl and tried to influence her little daughter.

At the intersection, the girl stopped walking and looked over the path she wanted to take for a few short seconds. Then, she turned and ran towards her Mom. Both began to walk together and I heard them chatting along the way.

Seeing what just happened, I smiled and thought about that moment as a profound discernment in this young girl’s life.

Does this experience of uncertainty and not knowing which direction to take sound familiar to you?

It is not easy to know the path to follow sometimes, whether it is listening to God’s call to live in religious life, to change a ministry and residency, or to respond to the signs of our time. When we hear the invitation to “Come, and follow me,” we may resist this path and may instead want to keep going “our way.” However, God’s invitation continuously shows up inside us, showing us another direction that we may not want to follow and requires changes that we may resist.  However, the more we resist God’s calling, the more restless we may become.

In the Bible, we learn about the callings of Moses, Jeremiah, and Jonah. None of them accepted God’s call right away without being hesitant or questioning, expressing such concerns as “I am too young” or “I have a problem with speech.” Jonah even ran away. However, no matter how many times each individual resisted God’s call, all of them eventually did what God asked them to do and were faithful to that call until they died. And God blessed and journeyed with them all to the end.

The girl in the story above did not like what her Mom commanded her. No matter how much the girl wanted to go her way, she finally changed her mind. What made her change her mind? I think pausing for a moment allowed her to think about where she was. Seeing the little girl and her Mom talking and walking together reminds me of how God walks and journeys with us.  

Sometimes on our journey, we need to take a break and pause to reflect on what God’s invitation to us is about. Just as the Mom waited for her daughter to join her, God is waiting for us to respond to God’s invitation and journey with us. If we allow ourselves to pause and look at our faith journey, we may have the courage to see and hear the direction that God invites us to follow, just like the girl listened to the path her mom was calling for her to follow.

Have you ever paused to reflect on how God is calling you? If so, you may be interested to know that we have an effective discernment program to help you reflect deeply on your call. Visit us or contact us for more information. We invite you also to a time of discernment at our September Come & See Discernment Retreat. For more details on this hybrid retreat weekend, September 10-12, please contact Sr. June Fitzgerald at June.Fitzgerald@oppeace.org.

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