Celebrating our 2017 Jubilarians

Join us in celebrating our Dominican Sisters of Peace celebrating 50 years of religious life.

Sr. Nancy Ames, OP
Sr. Patricia Cusack, OP
Sr. Joye Gros, OP
Sr. Carole Hermann, OP
Sr. Anne Kilbride, OP
Sr. Mary Ruth Leandres, OP
Sr. Maria Emmanuel Martinez, OP
Sr. Marilyn Mihalic, OP
Sr. Marietta Miller, OP
Sr. Charlene Moser, OP
Sr. Mary Riley, OP
Sr. Rose Ann Van Buren, OP

*View a full list of our Sisters celebrating other milestones in religious life.

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy Dolores Lorio

Sr. Dorothy Lorio

Dominican Sister of Peace Dorothy (Mary Timothy) Lorio (81) died at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH, on April 15, 2019.

Sr. Dorothy, or Sr. Dottie, as she was known, was born in 1938 in New Orleans, LA, the eleventh of Marie Toups and Philip Lorio’s twelve children.

Sr. Dorothy attended a Catholic primary and high school, which must have helped inform her decision to enter religious life. When she entered the Congregation in 1957, she asked to enter for “personal sanctification and the salvation of souls”- goals to which she remained dedicated for her entire life.

Sr. Dottie earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and Education from Dominican College in New Orleans and her Master of Arts in American History from Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO. She put her education to work in her early years of ministry, serving as a teacher in middle schools throughout Louisiana.

But Sister Dottie felt called to help people in another way and earned her Master of Social Work from Tulane University. She combined her love of education and her desire to help others by ministering as a guidance counselor at several schools in the New Orleans area, including 18 years at her beloved St. Mary’s Dominican High School. Even when she was a part-time receptionist at Dominican, Sr. Dottie continued to lend a sympathetic ear to those who needed her help.

Sr. Dottie also served her Congregation as Vocation Director, Temporary Professed Director, Novice Director, and Assistant Motherhouse Coordinator. Even after her retirement, she continued her ministry through her prayer and presence at both the New Orleans and Columbus Motherhouses and most recently at Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Rose Bowen remembered Sr. Dottie as a woman whose designs were never on great deeds, but who did small things with a great heart. She was enthusiastic about ecology and conservation and eager to find ways to meet the needs of the poor. During one occasion, Sr. Rose remembered, a group of Sisters was discussing ways to improve the food at the Motherhouse. Sr.  Dottie reminded them all that they had sufficient food, even when others were going hungry. “For that fact,” Sr. Dottie said, “we should be grateful.”

Sr. Dorothy Lorio was preceded in death by her parents, Philip and Marie Toups Lorio, her brothers, Andrew, Harry, Philip, and James and her sisters, Sister Thais Lorio, SSND and Sister Mary Agnes Lorio, SSND. She is survived by her brothers, Paul, Lloyd, Thomas and John and her sister, Rosemary Millet.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Wednesday, April 24, 2019. Sr. Dottie will be buried at the Rosaryville Cemetery in her beloved Louisiana on May 23, 2019.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Dorothy Lorio’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219.

To download a printable PDF of Sister Dorothy’s memorial, please click here.

Posted in Obituaries

Celebrating Our Tenth Anniversary!

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

This morning, I awoke a little earlier than usual. As I lay there for a minute, half asleep and half awake, I became conscious of a song refrain going around in my head. It was the refrain of “Alleluias” heard from our previous Sunday Mass. However, this was four days later, at 5:00 in the morning.  I had at least another hour and a half before I needed to get up, and this “Alleluia” chorus kept going around in my head. “Is this the beginning of the blog I prayed for last night?”  Happily, it turned out that it was!

“Alleluia” is an expression of rejoicing, meaning “God be praised!”  As we continue to rejoice in the Risen Christ this Easter, the Dominican Sisters of Peace also thank and praise God as we celebrate our Tenth Anniversary!  Ten years ago on April 12, 2009, seven Dominican congregations united for the sake of the mission, forming a new congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace.  For several days in July 2019, during our annual Assembly, the congregation will celebrate together the new life created from this union. God be praised for “doing something new” in our lives of faith and commitment.

God be praised—for the lives of the six new women who felt called to join the Dominican Sisters of Peace as Candidates during the first ten years of our existence!  One of these women, Sister Bea Tiboldi, OP, recently professed her Perpetual Vows in April 2019, the month of our tenth anniversary. Sister Elizabeth Jackson, OP, professed Perpetual Vows in December 2018. Two others, Sister Ana Gonzalez, OP and Sister Margaret Uche, OP, professed Temporary Vows in July2018. Sister Phuong Vu is completing her Canonical year as novice in the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate and Candidate Ellen Coates is preparing to begin her novitiate year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in August 2019.  The blessings continue, as the Congregation prepares to receive a new Candidate, Annie Killian, in July 2019.

Sr. Bea Tiboldi, OP with Peace Sisters in Formation and Annie Killian, Candidate

God be praised—for the five women who were in temporary vows in several of the former congregations that united and were among the first to profess their Perpetual Vows in the Dominican Sisters of Peace! They are Sisters Hoa Nguyen, OP, Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP, Patricia Connick, OP, Mary Vuong, OP, and yours truly, Patricia Dual, OP.

God be praised—for several women who are in serious discernment with the Dominican Sisters of Peace and the group of 14 plus women who are currently discerning a call to religious life with our vocation ministers!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!  The Dominican Sisters of Peace have much to praise God for as we celebrate this Tenth Anniversary!  All of the Sisters mentioned represent new life, a continuing of the Dominican heritage passed on by all of our current Sisters and all those who have gone before.  How appropriate to offer our praise and gratitude during the joy of this Easter season.

I invite you to join us in giving thanks by praying with us part of our Tenth Anniversary Prayer:

“Faithful God,
We give you thanks for
This grace-filled decade as
Dominican Sisters of Peace
And Associates…
Carry us Faithful God, into our future
Strengthen and lengthen our roots
Into a new growth of understanding.”

(The Anniversary Prayer)

Wondering if you might be called to religious life?  Call us, we can help!

Peace.

Posted in God Calling??, News

FROM ATOMS TO MOLECULES, A TALE OF THREE DIFFERENT, YET RELATED COMINGS TOGETHER—CHEMISTRY

Blog by Sr. Pat Connick, OP

Chemistry describes the connections (a.k.a. bonds) among atoms.  At this level, it is the sharing or exchange of only the outermost electrons which facilitates an increase in complexity from smaller atoms to molecules, crystals or metals.  In this sharing or exchange of electrons, properties are completely changed.  As we will soon see, community at every level is transformative!

BONDING BY SHARING BETWEEN ADJACENT ATOMS                        (COVALENT BONDING)

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To begin, we start with two hydrogen atoms in isolation from one another.  Their energy in this state is defined as zero as shown above on the right side of the picture.  As the two atoms approach one another they are attracted to one another and so their combined energy is gradually reduced to a lower value until the lowest energy is achieved at the bottom of the curve.

This distance where the two atoms have the most stable energy is called the bonding distance or bond length and signals the formation of the resulting molecule.  If the two atoms continue past this point to come closer together, they repel one another increasing the molecule’s overall energy once again.  In response to this repulsion, the atoms return to the “sweet spot” where the energy is the lowest.

A single bond distance defines the hydrogen molecule and a specific lowering or release of energy is associated with the formation of that bond, the bonding energy, for two hydrogen atoms.  To break the bond and again separate the atoms requires an input equal to that energy.  Hence, the molecule is more “stable” than two atoms existing separately.  Coming together is about sacrifice yes, but also synergistic benefit.

A molecule is not the mere juxtaposition of more than one atom with others.  It is about a new entity where the outer electrons are shared by the two nuclei making up the molecule.  This sharing of electrons is so important, chemists use different terms to name the locations of the electrons.  Before the two hydrogen atoms begin sharing the electrons, we say they exist in “atomic” orbitals, emphasizing their isolation from one another.

After the association of the two hydrogen atoms we say they now exist in “molecular” orbitals emphasizing instead their new identity as a hydrogen molecule instead of two hydrogen atoms.  It is in this sharing of electrons that the two atoms are transformed into a single molecule.  We call the sharing of the electrons, “covalent”, a co-operative sharing of the outer shell, or valence electrons from each of the atoms.

The combination of two atoms to form a hydrogen molecule is transformative for the atoms.  The new hydrogen molecules have different physical and chemical properties than the originally separate hydrogen atoms. New possibilities for reactions now exist for the molecule that were not available before and other possibilities have been given up.  The molecule is a trade-off with greater complexity.

Covalent bonds not only exist between atoms of the same type, but also between atoms of different types.  These almost always share their bonding electrons somewhat unevenly, because the original atoms each have a different attraction for the electrons.  Examples include water, H-O-H, better known as H2O, and carbon dioxide, CO2, or O=C=O.  In both these bonds, the oxygen atom is known to attract the electrons more strongly than either the hydrogen or carbon atoms, resulting in uneven or polar bonds.

What is perhaps more amazing is that because water is a bent molecule it will interact with electric and magnetic fields, but carbon dioxide will not because it is linear. The details are not important here, except to say even the three-dimensional shape produced by the coming together of atoms makes the difference in the properties of the molecule.

Sharing of these outer shell electrons between atoms and the formation of a

3-dimensional molecule from atoms leads to an abundance of possibilities not open to just atoms alone. In fact, in the world of practical chemistry, it is the rearrangement of these very bonds that leads to the transformation of one compound to another, what we call chemical reactions.

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Covalent compounds exist as molecules, literally “little lumps” of matter, very small communities where electrons are shared as needed among the member atoms.  The elements called nonmetals such as oxygen (O), hydrogen (H), and carbon (C) (see above), participate in this type of sharing.  They are known to hold onto these outer electrons quite tightly (have high ionization energies) and so although they are not likely to give them away, sharing is possible.

Metal atoms by contrast hold onto their electrons more loosely than nonmetals (have low ionization energies), so we will see a completely different type of bonding as atoms of metals and non-metals combine as discussed in the second section and as atoms of metals come together themselves (the third section)

In the periodic table notice the existence of “metalloids” which are intermediate in their properties between metals and nonmetals.  These elements sometimes behave like metals and at other times like nonmetals, depending on what other elements are around them.  (Sounds like some people whose behavior is dependent on their environment, eh?)

BONDING BY COMPLETE EXCHANGE (IONIC BONDING)

Another possibility for the combination of atoms involves the transfer of electrons rather than their equal or unequal sharing.  A beautiful example of this is common table salt:  NaCl, sodium chloride.  Sodium (Na) is a highly reactive metal; indeed, it will violently react with water and form a solution of lye [drain cleaner], NaOH, in the process.  Chlorine (Cl2), a yellow-green gas is poisonous, and was used in World War I as a chemical weapon before its ban by the Geneva Convention.

Yet, when sodium and chlorine are existent together as sodium chloride (NaCl), we obtain again an entirely new set of properties.  Some of its most common uses include, but are not limited to: flavoring our food, melting snow and ice on our roads and sidewalks, softening our well water, and making paper and rubber.

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How is it that this transfer of electrons comes about?  Sodium metal, Na, begins with 11 electrons, in what we call “shells” of 2, 8, and 1.  Each non-metal chlorine atom, Cl, begins with 17 electrons, with 2, 8, and 7 electrons in its shells.  Shells listed first are nearest the nucleus and not likely to be exchanged, but those listed last, the valence, or outer-shell electrons, are furthest from the nucleus and are more loosely held.

As shown in the diagram, by the simple transfer of the one valence electron in the last shell from sodium to the last shell of 7 electrons in chlorine we are left with the sodium ion, Na+, with 10 electrons in shells of 2 and 8 and the chloride ion, Cl, with 18 electrons in shells of 2, 8, and 8.

For reasons we won’t explore here these octets, or sets of 8 electrons, in the last shell are much more stable than the electron arrangement in the neutral atoms, not containing these octets in the last shells.  The resulting Na+ and Cl ions, being opposite in charge, are strongly attracted to one another.

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In fact, we call sodium chloride, NaCl, for simplicity’s sake.  This one-to-one ratio is simply the lowest ratio (1:1) of atoms in sodium chloride.  The actual number of pairs is overwhelmingly great at room temperature. Atoms come together in such great numbers that we can see a single crystal of sodium chloride at room temperature.  Think of that the next time you hold a crystal of salt in your hand!

Ionic compounds are almost always composed of a metallic element with a nonmetallic clement.  The loosely held electrons are donated from the metal to the nonmetals, which hold on tightly to them.  Examples include

  • calcium chloride, CaCl2 (used to melt snow from our sidewalks in winter)
  • sodium nitrate, NaNO3 (used to preserve some lunch meats and bacon), and
  • aluminum sulfate, Al2(SO4)3 (used in the purification of drinking water).

 

So, what difference does a transfer of electrons cause compared to sharing?  Check out the contrasting properties of covalent and ionic compounds:

Properties Covalent Compounds Ionic Compounds
representative unit isolated molecule ions in crystals
types of elements nonmetals with nonmetals metals with nonmetals
melting/boiling point usually low usually high
physical state (250C) usually gases, also liquid & solid usually solids
solubility in water usually lower, except for acids usually higher
electrical conducitivity of solid does not conduct electricity does not conduct electricity
electrical conductivity of solution with water does not conduct electricity, except for acids does conduct electricity

 

BONDING BY OPEN AND WIDESPREAD SHARING (METALLIC BONDING)

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Metals have a third way of coming together.  Individual atoms of metals have loosely held electrons in their outermost shells as we know from their easy donation of electrons to nonmetals in ionic bonding.  Yet when metals come together with other metals the sharing is remarkably different: they now share the electrons over a vast community.  The outermost electrons are free to move in a matrix of nuclei with only their inner shells of electrons. We call these freely wandering valence electrons, the “sea” of electrons.

This property is what makes metals such wonderful conductors of electricity.  The electrons are free to move throughout the metal from one place to another, when moved by an electric field.  This sea of electrons is also the reason that metals are malleable and can be pounded in sheets, like aluminum or gold foil.  Metals are also ductile and can be drawn in wires for the same reason.  We use copper, for instance, to wire our homes and businesses.

Properties Metallic Compounds
representative unit widespread connection among metal atoms
types of elements metal with metal
melting/boiling point usually very high
physical state (250C) solid, except for mercury (Hg)
solubility in water does not dissolve in water
electrical conductivity of solid conducts electricity easily
electrical conductivity of solution with water no electrical conductivity due to dissolution

 

REFLECTION

The way electrons are either shared or exchanged among atoms and how that leads to the creation of molecules, metals, or crystals, can remind us of the benefit for us as human beings to freely exchange or share our resources. For us too, the possibility of greater complexity and new possibilities awaits.

I don’t know about you, but I’m good at donating that to which I’m not particularly attached to someone in need.  And, I have become better at receiving what seems to be “extra” from other people, especially if I really need it.  I do the transfer of resources to and from myself (an ionic process) fairly well.

And, I suppose I’m even OK at sharing what little I have with others if they put in a similar share and none of us is particularly attached to what we’re sharing.  My instinct to follow the wisdom of the metallic atoms seems intact too.

But, when I look at what I’m attached to, especially when I think a resource is scarce, I have grown accustomed to keeping “extra” for myself.  My first inclination is the opposite of sharing, hoarding. So it makes me wonder: what new possibilities I’ve been missing because I haven’t participated in as much sharing (a covalent process) as the atoms do naturally?  It’s a good question!

There’s a lot to learn from atoms, besides academic chemistry!

 

Bless the Lord, all you molecules that share electrons,

All you atoms that transfer electrons, bless the Lord.

All you metals with your seas of electrons, bless the Lord,

Praise and exult God forever!

Posted in News, Wednesday's Word

Justice Updates – Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Action Alert:  Contact your senators!

War and more war.  There are two bills in the Senate that need our attention. Call your Senators to support S. 1039, Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 and to override the veto of the resolution to end the U.S. support for the Saudi Arabian-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

  1. 1039, Prevention of Unconstitutional War with Iran Act of 2019 was introduced by Senator Tom Udall and would limit the use of funds for kinetic military operations in or against Iran. Kinetic military action is a euphemism for military action involving active warfare, usually including lethal force.  These are the co-sponsors of this bill.
  1. Both the House and Senate voted to end aid and participation in the Saudi led war in Yemen that has killed thousands of men, women, and children and resulted in famine that has killed many more. Mr. Trump vetoed that action. This week the Senate will vote to override that veto. Please call your Senators and urge them to override the veto. The following Republican Senators voted with the Democratic senators to end U.S. aid:  Mike Lee, of Utah; Susan Collins of Maine; Steve Daines of Montana; Jerry Moran of Kansas; Lisa Murkowski of Alaska; Rand Paul of Kentucky; and Todd Young of Indiana.

 

Contact your representative to support H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act.

On June 1, 2017,  the president pulled out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Many of us are deeply concerned about the impact of this action and have worked privately and corporately to implement many of the actions described in the agreement. Congressional leaders in the House have introduced H.R. 9, Climate Action Now Act to ensure that American honors its Paris commitments and to lay the groundwork for further climate action. The bill requires the President to develop and update annually a plan for the U.S. to meet its national determined contribution specifically to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 26% – 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 and confirm that other parties to the agreement with major economies are fulfilling their announced contributions.  In addition, the bill prohibits federal funds from being used to withdraw from the agreement.  There are  224 co-sponsors.

Detaining Unaccompanied Youth. There are at least 2,000 children being held at the Homestead Detention Center on the Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida. Please sign this petition from the American Friends Service Committee.

In just the past few days, more than 20,000 people have signed their petition to shut down Homestead detention center! Thank you for taking action to end child detention. If you haven’t yet signed, add your name today to tell the government to stop detaining children and instead work to unite them with their loved ones! For more information about Homestead, click here.

Easter is about transformation but many women caught in sex trafficking cannot break free. Read about Donna Bruce who is still haunted by her past when she was trafficked by her mother for drugs and money.

Who makes your clothes? We often associate human trafficking only with sex trafficking butt here is labor trafficking also. While the issue described by Human Rights Watch is not technically trafficking, it borders on the abuse seen in trafficking.

Roman Curia Reforms? I have been reading about the changes that Pope Francis wants to implement in the Roman Curia. Fr. Thomas Reese describes how we should consider these changes in Three ways to evaluate Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia.

Do you know which plastics to recycle? Here are the facts from the New York Times Climate Fwd.

One Thing You Can Do: Know your Plastics  By Eduardo Garcia

Ever notice those recycling symbols, the triangles with the numbers inside, on plastic packaging and containers? I always assumed they meant the plastic was recyclable. But that’s not necessarily the case. Those numbers are resin identification codes, and they tell what kind of plastic the item is made from. And not all plastic is created equal.

Identifying what types of plastics are recyclable can be challenging because plastics do not always carry a resin code and because not all recycling programs are equal, either. Generally speaking, though, some categories of plastic are more widely recyclable in the United States.

“We always encourage people to focus on Nos. 1, 2 and 5 because we have great markets for them in the U.S.,” said Brent Bell, vice president of recycling at Waste Management, a major garbage collection and recycling company. Water and soda bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent bottles, yogurt cups and butter tubs are mostly made of these plastics. You could lend a helping hand by rinsing these kinds of containers and removing labels.

On the other hand, placing items made with resins 4, 6 and 7 in the recycling bin are usually not a good idea. These are used to make squeezable bottles, plastic bags, pouches, meat trays, some clamshells and disposable plates and cups. Sorting plants will quite likely throw them in a landfill, together with other items considered contaminants.

Finally, No. 3 — the category that covers the PVCs often used in packaging for cosmetics, some food wrap, blister packs and pipes — is particularly bad. Because of its chemical composition, it can contaminate large batches of plastics in the recycling system that would otherwise be acceptable. “You absolutely want to make sure that you never ever put PVC into your recycling bin,” said Steve Alexander, president of the Association of Plastics Recyclers, an industry group.

Regardless of what they’re made of, shopping bags and other soft plastics like cling film and Bubble Wrap shouldn’t be put in recycling bins because they tend to jam sorting machines.

If one exists, your local recycling program should have information online about the types of plastics it accepts. If you can’t get a clear answer there, though, the best policy is not to guess.

“If in doubt, keep it out,” Mr. Alexander said.

 

What do you get from engaging in kindness?  In her Catherine of Siena Lecture at Ohio Dominican last Thursday, Sr. Megan McElroy showed and recommended this video.   How are you being kind this week?

 

Posted in News

“Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.”

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

Yesterday we celebrated the feast of Catherine of Siena, a great Dominican and promoter of justice extraordinaire. As I reflect upon Catherine during this time of great divide in our world, I am especially mindful of her quote “Speak the truth in a million voices. It is silence that kills.” How do we as Dominican sisters and associates of Peace live out this wisdom?  How do we “speak with a million voices” today?  We can follow Catherine’s example and write letters and emails, tweet tweets, and make calls.

What do we need to write about?  We can write against war and violence.  Catherine once wrote to Nicolo Soderini, a leader in Florence plotting against the pope that “It doesn’t seem to me that war is so lovely a thing that we should go running after it when we can prevent it.  But is there anything lovelier than peace?”  With so many conflicts in the world and violence in our communities, don’t we all long for the loveliness of peace?

We can hold our lawmakers – local, state and national – accountable. She scolded King Charles V of France, “Make peace, make peace! Make peace! God will hold you and the others responsible for this at the moment of your death, because of all the foolish apathy of which you have been and are guilty every day.”  Shouldn’t we also scold our Senators for failing to move forward legislation passed in the House?

We can hold our church leaders responsible to be good shepherds.   In a letter to Pope Gregory XI during a time of great scandal in the Church, she writes “I say that this is the very worst cruelty which can be shown. If a wound when necessary is not cauterized or cut out with steel, but simply covered with ointment, not only does it fail to heal, but it infects everything, and many a time death follows from it.” The current scandal of leadership must be cured.

Catherine is a model for us in so many ways. Let us follow her lead and make our voices heard so that injustice does not grow because of our silence.

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Blog