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New Associates Reflect on God’s Invitation and Call

**Carol Lemelin, OPA, and Anita Watson, OPA, are two of our new Dominican Associates of Peace who made their first commitment as Associates on August 9, 2015. Read their reflections below regarding God’s invitation and call to us. [Dominican Associates of Peace are Christian women and men in mission with the Dominican Sisters of Peace who strive to be radically open to ongoing conversion into the peace of the Risen Christ. Read more.] Continue reading →

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Dominican Associates of Peace Celebrate

Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace are celebrating the commitment ceremonies of 41 new Associates and the four-year renewals of 81 Associates in McLean, VA; Columbus, OH; Akron, OH; Niskayuna, NY; Oxford, MI; and Great Bend, KS. Dominican Associates are lay people (both female and male) from all walks of life and cultures, who have formally affiliated with a religious congregation – the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Our Associates are involved in the life of the community and supporting the mission of the Sisters which involves prayer, service, study, events, and other gatherings. We bring our expertise and gifts as lay people to do the ministries that we are called to do in our own lives (learn more). Below is a recap of the events in each area. Continue reading →

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A Weekend Filled With Heart and Soul

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

“What must we do to accomplish the works of God?” Jesus answered and said to them,
“This is the work of God, that you believe in the one he sent.” John 6:28-29

It was a weekend filled with prayer, personal sharing, laughter and tears. The Fifth Annual Associates Retreat held at the Dominican Retreat House in McLean, VA, was also a weekend of beginnings and endings. The Planning Committee (Associates Linda Goff-VA, Patricia Elizabeth Kelly-Evans- PA, Ginger Kroos – KS, Muriel Laliberte-VA, Barbara Madigan- PA, Jackie Paluszak-OH, Deborah Stilson- NY, Joanne Thomas-PA)designed a retreat to engage the 35 participants in deep listening, group sharing, artistic expression and time for contemplative walks and quiet personal reflection. Continue reading →

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May The God of Summer Be With You

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

“May the God of Summer be with you, enveloping you with the warmth of love, filling your heart with the brilliance of light, refreshing you and cooling you in the living water of God’s grace. May the blessing of Summer be with you.”
– Sr. Maxine Shonk, Blessing Upon Blessing

The invitation mailed to the Northeast Ohio Dominican Associates of Peace invited them to Summer Spirituality Gatherings. It said that in the summer, we gather to listen to the voice of God in our ceremonies, to share with others our vision of the Dominican charism in our lives and to take the time to “fill our hearts with the brilliance of light and the living water of God’s grace.” The discernment retreat, a prayer service for St. Mary of Magdala and the Associates Commitment Ceremony for new Candidates and renewing Associates were the three summer gatherings. The final summer event, the Commitment Ceremony is the ritual for all Associates to be present, reaffirm that God has called us and touches our lives, and in response we try to praise, to bless and to preach with our lives. Continue reading →

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