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You Just Have to Be There – an Advent Theme

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

Two reflections written by two of our Associates appeared in my email not together, but as I read them, one seemed to be a prelude to the other, and together a fitting blog for Monday of the first week of Advent – showing that sometimes “you just have to be there.” So here they are: Continue reading →

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Gratitude Week 2015

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day as a National Holiday and truly a holy day reminding us to be aware of all God’s gifts and inviting us to gather with others in friendship and peace to give thanks for all the ways we have been so richly blessed. A Gratitude Week! Continue reading →

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“A new way to look at things – positively energizing!”

Vicki Perfect
Blog by Associate Vicki Perfect, OPA

“WOW!” jumped right off the page as one participant described how the program Unfolding a Future Hope, Celebrating YOU and the Community of Northeast Ohio Associates had shaped her experience.

The day started with an opening prayer drawing on Don Goergen’s “The Pillars Revisited: A Fresh Look at Dominican Spirituality” that quietly set the collective spirit of all in the room open and ready to celebrate The Gift of Friendship, The Spirit of Integration, The Love of Truth and The Grace of Freedom. The Spirit did not disappoint. Continue reading →

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Did You Know That You Could Miss Heaven by 18 Inches?

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

The title of the address by Daniel Groody, CSC, at the Religious Formation Conference in Pittsburgh this past week was “Dying to Live: Migration, Religious Life and the Eucharist.” As he unfolded his comments, it was evident that he explained “migration” in its broadest sense. His description of the immigrant described not only those human beings who leave their home country for economic, violence related or internally displaced reasons. I determined that he was offering a “theology of migration” which was meant to address the crisis of the marginalized everywhere. Continue reading →

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Sharing Fruits of Contemplation; Preaching with Art

Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Blog by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

Co-directors Associate Conni Dubick, OPA, and I are always looking for ways to show the diverse and creative ways our Associates preach with their lives, their work and their art. So I was glad when Associate Marybeth Irvine, OPA, Associates Council member from Kentucky, recently emailed us to share how our Dominican Associates were very visible in the inauguration event celebrating the installation of Dr. Cindy Gnadinger as St. Catharine College’s Eighth President on October 23, 2015. Associate Rosie Blackburn, OPA, was present in cap and gown as a Board member, as were Associates Matt Branstetter, OPA, and Associate Candidates Tara Tuttle and Bettye Brookfield – professors and instructors at St. Catharine’s. And then Marybeth wrote: Continue reading →

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