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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This weekend I attended an NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner honoring individuals who are leaders of non-profit social justice efforts in our local community. It was evident as we listened to the accomplishments and the impact of their work, that these people reached beyond ordinary results to achieve extraordinary results. What was also evident was the fact that they collaborated and shared their talents and skills with others to make positive things happen in all of their projects. It was an event filled with faith, community and family. Continue reading →
This past week could not have been a better time for my annual retreat at our retreat house in Waterford, Michigan! The autumn changing colors called forth many an “ooh” and “ahh” from me on my drive there and back to Ohio. And during my walks in the wooded area near Vivian’s Via Rosa Retreat House, I was glad I had brought my phone along and took several pictures as the bright reds, yellows, browns and greens took my breath away and caused me to linger to drink in their beauty. Only later in reviewing my camera album I noticed that I had only taken pictures of what my narrow definition of beauty included – overlooking the broken, dying branches and dead leaves clinging to their familiar twigs. In my musings autumn seemed to be calling me to embrace not only the brilliant and pleasant changing colors that autumn painted into my landscapes, but also the beauty hidden in the broken, suffering, and aging both within and around me. Continue reading →
Several roosters stood in front of the barn at the Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, OH, welcoming the Dominican Associates of Peace, Sisters, and guests to our Saturday morning gathering. Executive Director Nancy Wolf had invited us to Crown Point, which is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, with a mission to integrate four core values of community, justice, spirituality and sustainability. It was the perfect setting for our program theme “St. Francis of Assisi and Laudato Si’.” Continue reading →
Today’s first reading from Jonah 1:1-2:1, 11, has always brought a smile to my face as I hear the all too familiar story of someone trying to run from God, and the ensuing storm that makes one reconsider. Sometime ago, a friend sent me a YouTube link to a charming little girl telling this story with such conviction and vehemence that you’d think she actually was there as a witness (click here). I have shared it with several others and watched it several times, always with delight and admiration for this little girl’s storytelling ability. Continue reading →