Elms Campus Minister Reflects on Time in DC

Reflection by Lisa A. Covington - Campus Minister, Our Lady of the Elms
Reflection by Lisa A. Covington – Campus Minister, Our Lady of the Elms

Being a guest on the West Lawn of the Capitol Building was an incredible experience. Three Our Lady of the Elms students and I were in Washington, DC, on September 24, thanks to the kindness of Congressman Tim Ryan. Before the Pope’s address to Congress, the four of us were standing on the West Lawn talking with others. Elms student Regina McWilliams commented, “It was incredible to witness complete strangers openly talking to each other and praying with those around them whom they didn’t even know.”  Continue reading →

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The Fierce Urgency of Now

Nancy Garson, OP
Blog by Sr. Nancy Garson, OP

In today’s Gospel (Luke 9:57-62) Jesus speaks in an unfamiliar way, one that left me wondering what was going on. This gentle, forgiving Jesus tells us if we wish to follow him there is to be no concern for practical questions like where to lay your head or whether or not you should bury the dead, or grieve your losses. No hesitations. “Let the dead bury the dead.”

To understand this surprising approach, we need to look at the bigger picture. Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem, his death is in sight and there are so many people who still need to hear his message. He must have been anxious to focus on what mattered most to him, even as it seemed the disciples just weren’t getting it. Continue reading →

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Ministering with the Economic Poor

Janice Thome, OP
Blog by Sr. Janice Thome, OP

[Dominican Sisters of Peace Janice Thome, OP (blogger), and Rose Mary Stein, OP, attended the Nuns on the Bus event in Kansas earlier in September. During an interview with Sr. Janice, she shared the following reflection about her ministry and the people she serves:]

In Garden City, Kansas I serve in the Dominican Sisters Ministry of Presence, which is a direct service ministry with the economic poor. In this town of 30,000 we are a “majority-minority” with people who come from 25 different countries. The children in our school district speak over 37 languages because of the large number of dialects. When I first arrived, we were serving a majority of Spanish-speaking people in our ministry with the poor; now it is a majority of Anglo, English-speaking people because of the economic situations in our country and state. Those most recently struggling economically have been working in the oil industry and have been laid off because of cutbacks. We have refugees coming from Ethiopia, Somalia, Burma and many other countries. They come to western Kansas because of the job market in the dairy industry, beef packing plants, and other related jobs. Continue reading →

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Sr. Rose Petruzzo, OP

Petruzzo-RoseDominican Sister of Peace Rose Petruzzo, OP (85), died on September 9, 2015, at St. Joseph Hospital (Pontiac, MI).

Rose was born in Avellino, Italy, and came to the US as a young child. In 1952 she entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci in Elkins Park, PA, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Continue reading →

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Peace Associates Share, Learn and Reflect at NACAR Gathering

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Blog by Associates Ken and Mary Ellen George

This weekend, we attended the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR) at the Villa Maria Community Center in Pennsylvania. This beautiful setting served as the gathering place for Associates and Sisters to come together to share, to learn, and to reflect on how we are “called to carry the charism” of our communities. Continue reading →

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