In Celebration of the Feast of St. Francis

OPENING PRAYER

Prayer for Ecological Conversion

God of the sun and the moon, of the mountains, deserts and plains,
God of the mighty oceans, of rivers, lakes and streams
God of all creatures that live in seas and fly in the air
of every living thing that grows and moves on this sacred Earth.
We are formed by Christ into Your People,
called to bring the world into Your marvelous light.
As the Body of Christ, we are messengers of ecological vocation.
We are entrusted with caring for this Earth which You have created.
Help us to love and respect it; to repair what we have damaged;
to care for what You have made good and holy.
Give us the wisdom and the passion to change our minds, our hearts and our ways.
Let us be mustard seeds in our world bringing about ecological conversion which grows and
spreads to every corner of the Earth.
For our sake now and for every generation which is to come.
We ask this through Christ, Our Lord. Amen.

~Catholic Earthcare Australia, 2002 (used with permission)

 

READINGS

Reading #1

Parable of the Mustard Seed ~Mark 4:30-32

“He said, “To what shall we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable can we use for it? It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”

Reading #2

The theme of this program comes from this Pope John XXIII quote: “We are not on earth to guard a museum, but to tend to a flowering garden of life.”

Reading #3

A reading from Laudato Si’ 217

The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion. Christians all need an “ecological conversion”, whereby the effects of their encounter with Jesus Christ become evident in their relationship with the world around them.

Reading #4

Pope St. John Paul II in his General Audience Address on 17 January 2001 was the first Pontiff to use the term “ecological conversion.” “Unfortunately, if we scan the regions of our planet, we immediately see that humanity has disappointed God’s expectations. Man, especially in our time, has without hesitation devastated wooded plains and valleys, polluted waters, disfigured the earth’s habitat, made the air unbreathable, disturbed the hydrogeological and atmospheric systems, turned luxuriant areas into deserts and undertaken forms of unrestrained industrialization, degrading that “flowerbed” – to use an image from Dante Alighieri (Paradiso, XXII, 151) – which is the earth, our dwelling-place.

We must therefore encourage and support the “ecological conversion” which in recent decades has made humanity more sensitive to the catastrophe to which it has been heading. Man is no longer the Creator’s “steward”, but an autonomous despot, who is finally beginning to understand that he must stop at the edge of the abyss…. At stake, then, is not only a “physical” ecology that is concerned to safeguard the habitat of the various living beings, but also a “human” ecology that makes the existence of creatures more dignified, by protecting the fundamental good of life in all its manifestations and by preparing for future generations an environment more in conformity with the Creator’s plan.”

Reading #6

Elizabeth Johnson, Professor Emerita of Theology at Fordham University and a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph, writes:

“. . . We all share the status of creaturehood; we are all kin in the evolving community of life now under siege; our vision must be one of flourishing for all. The immediate aim is to establish and protect healthy ecosystems where all creatures, including poor human beings and plants and animals being driven to extinction, can thrive. The longer-term goal is a socially just and environmentally sustainable society in which the needs of all people are met and diverse species can prosper, onward to an evolutionary future that will still surprise…. guide us at this critical time of Earth’s distress, to practical and critical effect”: A flourishing humanity on a thriving planet rich in species in an evolving universe, all together filled with the glory of God.”

(Elizabeth Johnson, Ask the Beasts: Darwin and the God of Love, Bloomsbury: London, 2014, 1 285-86).

REFLECTION

  • What stood out/impacted you in these readings?
  • How does the Parable of the Mustard Seed speak to you as you consider the need to work to ensure that we “cultivate a flowering garden of life” and a “flourishing humanity on a thriving planet rich in species in an evolving universe, all together filled with the glory of God”?
  • What common thread/message do you see in the readings by Pope John XXIII, Pope St. John Paul II, and Pope Francis (in Laudato Si’)?
  • How can people of faith work toward what Prof. Johnson states as our “longer-term goal of “a flourishing humanity on a thriving planet rich in species in an evolving universe, all together filled with the glory of God?”

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Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

FEAST OF SAINTS MICHAEL, GABRIEL, RAPHAEL

Reflection by Sr. Theresa Fox, OP

Today’s feast is about three archangels – Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – who the church calls saints.

Michael means “who is like God” and this angel is seen as a protector. Michael is named in the Book of Revelation. Here Michael defeats Satan with the other fallen angels. We often think of Michael as fighting the devil and winning.

Gabriel means “hero of God” and this angel is known as one who announces. We usually associate Gabriel as the angel who appeared to Mary and to Zechariah foretelling the births of John the Baptist and Jesus.

Raphael means “God has healed” and this angel is depicted as a guide. In the Book of Tobit Raphael is the guide on Tobias’ journey and eventually instructs Tobias what to do to heal Tobit’s blindness.

Which of these appeals or touches you in your life? Which angel should we call upon to guide us in our world today? I propose all three.

Raphael is needed in our world to help us heal the ills we confront daily. Yes, we need to heal the physical disease of the Coronavirus. There are also so many other ills in our world, – racism, discrimination, care for the poor and so many other evils.

We can use the good news that Gabriel can announce. We certainly can use some good news today. Sometimes the good news can seem perplexing like the way Mary felt as a young unmarried pregnant teen. Like Mary it takes courage to be faithful and trusting in the Word, the good news, that God sends us.

Michael is the least attractive to me. It makes me think of war and violence. Yet we do need to wage war against the violence in our cities and towns. Sometimes waging war can happen by standing tall for peace; other times it can mean to step out of the crowd to confront the situation right in front of us.

The gospel for the feast of the Angels is about the call of Nathanael. Jesus tells Nathanael: “Amen, amen, I say to you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man”. May we call upon God to send Raphael, Gabriel, and Michael to our world to help us find ways bring about more peaceful, life giving good news to heal our bodies, spirits and our earth.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Raymunda Brooks

Dominican Sister of Peace Raymunda Brooks, OP.

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Raymunda Brooks (Mary Frances), (93), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, August 12, 2021.

Sr. Raymunda was born in 1928 to Emma Margaret Aber and Clark Raymond Brooks of Zanesville, OH.  She entered the Congregation in 1947 and made Final Profession in 1949.

She attended Ohio Dominican University, earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education in 1956. She returned to academia and earned her Master of Arts in English from Duquesne University in 1964.

Sister Raymunda ministered as an elementary and high school teacher and administrator in New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. She also enjoyed coaching her students in cheerleading, tennis, and debate.

A woman of many gifts and talents, Sister Raymunda served as president of the Mid-State Athletic Board Executive Committee, vice-president of the Sisters’ Council Executive Board of the Archdiocese of New York, vice-president of the Sister’s Council of the Diocese of Columbus, and as ecclesiastical notary at the Marriage Tribunal for the Diocese of Columbus. She was a co-founder, along with Sister Marie Granger, of the Dominican Learning Center in Columbus.

One of Sr. Raymunda’s favorite ministries was serving as RCIA director at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Newark, OH. She enjoyed sharing faith in the Church that she had served throughout her life.

Sr. Raymunda entered her final ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, in 2020.

She was preceded in death by her parents Clark Raymond and Emma Margaret Aber Brooks, and her brothers, Joseph, William, and Thomas Brooks.

A private Memorial Service was held on August 21, 2021, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH, by Egan-Ryan Funeral Home.

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

To download a printable copy of this memorial, click here.

 

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Meister Eckhart Center Debuts on Albertus Magnus Founder’s Day

Fr. Kenneth Letoile, OP, Provincial, St. Joseph Province; Sr. Anne Kilbride, OP, Assistant to the President for Dominican Mission; Dr. Edward Dunar, Director, Meister Eckhart Center, Albertus Magnus College;
Fr. Jonathan Kalish, OP, Prior, St. Mary’s Community, New Haven CT
Fr. Jordan Lenaghan, OP, chaplain, Albertus Magnus College
Dr. Marc Camille, President, Albertus Magnus College

 

September 24 marked the 95 anniversary of the founding of our college in New Haven, CT, Albertus Magnus. Among the celebratory events that took place was the debut of the new Meister Eckhart Center for Catholic and Dominican Life, located in the historic Rosary Hall. The Center was built with the assistance of a major gift from the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

The Center will officially open in March  2022.

To view a video compilation of the Founder’s Day Events, click here.

 

 

 

A conference room at the new Meister Eckhart Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fr. Jonathan Kalish, OP, Prior, St. Mary’s Community, New Haven CT, back; Fr. Jordan Lenaghan, OP, chaplain, Albertus Magnus College, center, and Fr. Kenneth Letoile, OP, Provincial, St. Joseph Province, foreground, explore the new Meister Eckhart Center.
Fr. Jordan Lenaghan, OP, chaplain, Albertus Magnus College, enters the new Meister Eckhart Center.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sr. Nadine Buchanan Honored by Spirituality Network

Reverend Dr. Renee Wormack-Keel, OPA, presents Sr. Nadine Buchanan with the Spirituality Network’s Living Faith Award in a September 27, 2021, ceremony at the Columbus Motherhouse.

On Monday, September 27, 2021, the Columbus Spirituality Network visited the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel to honor Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP, with the organization’s annual Living Faith Award.

Sr. Louis Mary Passeri opened the ceremony by speaking about her friend Nadine, and her long-time work with Columbus’ trafficked women and homeless community.

Sr. Maxine Shonk shared the history of the Spirituality Network and the Congregation’s connection to the organization during her introduction of Reverend Dr. Renee Wormack-Keels, OPA, Executive Director of the Spirituality Network.

In her introduction to the award, Reverend Wormack-Keels explained the significance of the Living Faith Award, saying that it honors individuals who create a more hopeful, peaceful, and faithful world. “Those who are honored with this award,” she said, “are laypersons who exemplify dynamic faith in their lives, those whose faith is both “lived” and “alive” in ways that inspire, challenge, and serve.”

She said that Sr. Nadine’s specific service to the oppressed trafficked women and homeless in our community make her a model of this ideal.

Sr. Nadine also spoke, detailing her work on the streets and the love of those she serves.

To view the public awards ceremony, which was held on September 23, please click here. 

To view Sr. Nadine’s pages in the public awards ceremony booklet, please click here.

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