The Dominican Sisters of Peace formally installed their Third Leadership team in a ceremony on Sunday, August 7, 2022, at the Martin de Porres Center in Columbus, OH. The team was elected at the Congregation’s Third General Chapter in April, 2022.
Sr. Pat Twohill, OP, was elected for a second term as Prioress. Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP, was elected for a second term as First Councilor. Sr. Carol Davis, OP, as Second Councilor, Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP, as Third Councilor, and Sr. Susan Leslie, OP, as Fourth Councilor.
Prioress Pat Twohill, OP, served as the Prioress of the Congregation from 2015-2022. Prior to her leadership position with Peace, Sr. Pat also served in Vocation and Formation Ministry, in parish ministry, campus ministry, and as an educator.
First Councilor Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP, will enter her second term of Congregational leadership with Peace. Presently, she is also President of the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) and served six years as President of the Dominican Leadership Conference (DLC). Sr. Anne has worked in retreat ministry and as a communicator.
Second Councilor Sr. Carol Davis, OP, has extensive experience in spiritual direction and counseling, and has ministered as a credentialed alcoholism and substance abuse counselor. She has also held leadership positions with US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking and the Interfaith Community of Schenectady, NY.
Third Councilor Cathy Arnold, OP, has ministered in Vocations and Formation for many years, most recently as Co-Director of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate. Sr. Cathy has also served as an educator and as a program coordinator for persons with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Fourth Councilor Sr. Susan M. Leslie, OP has served most recently as Mission Group Coordinator of Sansbury Care Center, the Congregation’s licensed long-term care facility in St. Catharine, KY. Sr. Susan has also served as a physical therapist, a hospital Vice-President of System Mission, a missionary in Peru, and in parish, prison, and retreat ministry.
“This new team brings a wide range of experience and talent to the ministry of leadership,” says Sr. Pat Twohill, Prioress. “We look forward to working with our entire Congregation to continue to preach Christ’s Gospel of peace through our words, deeds, and ministries. We also feel blessed to welcome new Sisters and Associates who embrace our mission.”
“We are all so grateful for the service of Sr. Gemma Doll, OP, Sr. Therese Leckert, OP, and Sr. Gene Poore, OP,” added Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP. “These spirit-filled women were part of the team that led our Congregation through the challenges of the pandemic in 2020 and extended their leadership term for the good of the Congregation. We have been graced by their service.”
The mission of the Dominican Sisters of Peace is to bring the Gospel to the world by being peace, building peace, and preaching peace. They number more than 350 Sisters and many Associates. They minister in 22 states, 29 Catholic Dioceses and in Nigeria, serving God’s people in ministerial areas including education, health care, spirituality, pastoral care, prison ministry, and care of creation.