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Hear and Proclaim

Blog by Associate Peggy Frank
Blog by Associate Peggy Frank

I am an Associate of the Dominican Sisters of Peace from Columbus, OH. At our July 2016 Assembly in Columbus our Associates’ panel was asked to share on ways in which we live out the Chapter Commitments. I was assigned the first commitment: Study, contemplate, and preach God’s revelation discovered in the unfolding mystery of creation and in Sacred Scripture.

In 1991 St. Dominic’s preaching charism drew me to the Dominican Sisters in Akron, Ohio, whose mission statement read (in part), “We are called by God in the spirit of the Dominican tradition to be women who hear, remember and proclaim the Word spoken to us in Jesus Christ.” Continue reading →

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What is Being Asked of You at This Time?

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

Everyone knew that the theme of the 2016 Assembly for the Dominican Sisters and Associates was “Sent to Preach the Gospel in Every Season.”   But it was in the unfolding of the theme that a question surfaced which remained with me throughout the weekend.  The question posed by our speakers in different ways was: “What is being asked of you (me) at this time?”    Sr. Pat Twohill, OP reminded us that 800 years ago, St. Dominic lived a new moment in history and knew “it was all about the preaching.” He discovered his mission and the new order emerged.

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To Dream a Possible Dream and Work for It

Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP
Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP

There were thousands or millions of North Ohioans who got little or no sleep last night! As our small house community had our own version of a watch-party, we were sure that Lebron James’ most fervent fans among our Sisters both at the Akron Motherhouse and at Regina Health Center (especially those who had taught at St. Vincent’s School where James went to school) were not only staying up late to watch, but praying up a storm!  Even through 52 years of dashed hopes, the dream of winning the NBA Championship dimmed but never died for the Cleveland team or their faithful fans, until it was at last realized in the Cavalier’s final victory over Oakland’s Golden State Warriors. Who could not swell with pride and joy, or keep a dry eye as the shouts went up and Lebron fell down weeping with relief and gratitude that their Championship goal had at last been reached! And he had at last succeeded in leading his beloved home team to achieve such a moment together.

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The Still Small Voice

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

“But the Lord was not in the wind, nor the earthquake, nor fire, but in a still small voice, and behold a voice said ‘what are you doing here, Elijah?’ ”   (I Kings 19:11-12)

 Elijah described it first, then Jesus said “Let anyone with ears to hear, listen.”  (Mark 4:23)

Associate Candidates in Akron, OH expressed it in their recent discernment retreat conversations.  They claimed that indeed there is “a still small voice” speaking to them.  Amazing, isn’t it?  Elijah, Jesus and Dominican Candidates are all speaking about the voice inside their hearts.

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Who’s Afraid?

Blog by Associate Carol Lemelin, OPA
Blog by Associate Carol Lemelin, OPA

[Intro by Sr. Amy McFrederick, OP] – Last Friday as we celebrated the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Sr. Barbara Catalano, OP, reminded us how David, before he was anointed king, defended his sheep from dangerous predators risking his own life to face down both bear and lion. In the gospel for that day, Jesus reveals God’s “Shepherd Heart” that will not rest until the lost have been found and restored to safety – no matter what it takes. In the following blog Associate Carol Lemelin invites us to allow this aspect of God to transform our personal lives:

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