Peace and Justice Updates 12.23.2020

Our Dominican Family has chosen to focus our Dominican Month for Peace. on Ukraine, a country struggling with the effects of violence and war.

UNICEF, a worldwide nonprofit organization providing relief to Ukraine, describes the situation as an ongoing challenge, especially for children: “After seven years of conflict, women and children in Eastern Ukraine remain extremely vulnerable. The conflict is taking a heavy toll on civilians: regular ceasefire violations, damage to homes, and social infrastructures lead to mine contaminations and limited access to services.”

Here are some resources that you can use to continue to learn about and offer support to the people of Ukraine.

Hunger for Truth:

In English:        Hunger for Truth

Generation Maidan:
In English:

Resources on Ukraine:

Organizations to support:
Building Ukraine Together:

This is a project that has had great moral as well as material impact.
BUR Friends – monthly BUR support campaign provided by people who believe in the idea of ​​the program and want to be part of it.
Support of Political Prisoners held in Russia: case of Oleksandr Marchenko

Ukrainian Political Prisoner Oleksandr Marchenko
A Russian court has sentenced Oleksandr Marchenko to 10 years’ imprisonment, despite the evidently flawed nature of the charges against him and his consistent account of torture inflicted by Russian-controlled militants in eastern Ukraine before being abducted to Russia.

Write a letter of support:

Here is a sample letter (letters must be written in Russian)


Желаю Вам здоровья и терпения, и очень надеюсь на скорое освобождение. Простите, что мало пишу – мне трудно писать по-русски, но мы все о Вас помним.

[Hi.  I wish you good health, courage and patience and hope that you will soon be released.  I’m sorry that this letter is short – it’s hard for me to write in Russian., but you are not forgotten. ]


350915 РФ, Краснодар, ул. Красноармейская, д. 22, ФКУ СИЗО-5

Марченко Александру Владимировичу,  1971 г. р.

[In English:  350095, Russian Federation, Krasnodar, 22 Krasnoarmeiska St, SIZO No. 5

Marchenko, Alexander Vladimirovich, b. 1971 ]

Books on Ukraine:
Red Famine by Anne Applebaum
Bloodlands by Tim Snyder
Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev
Road to Unfreedom by Tim Snyder
Putin’s People by Catherine Belton

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Sharing Our Peace

Kelly Litt
Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Return to Peace

I have a bracelet with a dove charm that I wear daily. I like to think it reminds me of my passion for peace and dedication to social justice. If I’m being honest, it usually just ends up being an accessory that I don’t pay much attention to. Last week, however, was different. On a day that I was feeling particularly discouraged and defeated, my bracelet kept getting caught in the threads of my sweater. Thinking of it as a nuisance, I made a mental note not to wear the bracelet when I wore this sweater again in the future. Yet after the 10th or 11th time of this little dove getting caught in my sweater, I realized perhaps this was a gentle reminder from God to return to peace in times of struggle and to keep peace at the forefront of my life and work. Continue reading →

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Their Names are Tevin and Dantrell

Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

Their names are Tevin and Dantrell, and we met them through their Grandmamas. One is in his 20s and getting ready to start his second year in college; the other is in his late teens and still in high school. One is a gentle giant with a quiet demeanor and whisper of a voice; the other is tall and lean and ready to get physical with footballs and basketballs. Both of them have hearts bigger than the universe and are willing to give their time and their talents to their church, their schools and to our boys’ summer camp.

 Continue reading →

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Make Me A Channel of Your Peace

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

How would you describe peace? I checked several dictionaries and much to my surprise, I found that peace was defined as “an absence of war.” So the first definition for peace is a description of what it is not.

I noticed that ultimately all definitions of peace were based in relationship: relationships of one nation to another, of communities to its members, of individuals with each other and one’s relationship with oneself. Peace goes from global, local, person-to-person and finally to the self. Continue reading →

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What’s Fasting Got To Do With It?

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

What would you do to bring peace to the world? Our Peace and Nonviolence Committee has invited us to fast every First Friday for peace around the world. What does fasting have to do with bringing peace to the world? Isn’t it just a penance one does during Lent or a way to lose weight? Fasting for peace and justice involves focus, attention, solidarity and action. Continue reading →

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