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.

Sr. Beáta Tiboldi Takes Perpetual Vows

For a video of Sr. Bea’s Perpetual Profession ceremony, please click here. 

The second Sunday of Easter was the perfect day for the Perpetual Profession of Sr. Beáta Tiboldi, OP, 40, as a Dominican Sister of Peace. Her profession was made in a celebratory Mass in the chapel at the Congregation’s Motherhouse in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Patricia Twohill, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, left, leads Sister Beáta Tiboldi, right, in her Perpetual Vows as a Dominican Sister of Peace. (Photo by Eric Albrecht, The Columbus Dispatch)

Sister Beáta, or Bea, was the first woman to enter candidacy after the merger that created the Dominican Sisters of Peace in 2009. Bea was first called to religious life at the age of 15, growing up in Hungary. That persistent little voice continued after she moved to the United States in her 20’s, serving first as an au pair and later as a teacher in Dayton, OH. With the help of a spiritual director, Bea was able to discern her call and, after much study and reflection, enter as a candidate into the newly-formed Dominican Sisters of Peace.

“One of the things that drew me to the Dominican Sisters of Peace,” Sr. Bea said, “was their preferential option for the young. They didn’t just talk about it. It was very real. Even today, this effort to reach out to young women discerning a vocation to religious life is very intentional. It comes with effort, attentiveness, and openness.”

Sisters Pat Dual, OP, and Anne Keenan, OP, witnessed Sr. Bea’s vows, which were received by

Women in discernment, formation and consecrated life from Dominican congregations around the country came together to celebrate Sr. Beáta Tiboldi’s profession.
Standing, from left: Sr. Kathy Flynn, OP, Sinsinawa; Sr. Marilin Llanes, OP, Adrian; Ann E. Killian, Peace; Sr. Margaret Uche, OP, Peace; Sr. Beáta Tiboldi, OP, Peace; Sr. Ana Gonzalez, OP, Peace; Sr. Phuong Vu, Peace; Sr. Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP, Adrian; Sr. Christina Atienza, OP, San Rafael; Sr. Rolande Kahindo Pendeza, Maryknoll.
Seated, from left: Sr. Mary Vuong, OP, Peace; Ellen Coates, Peace; Tram Bui, Peace discerner.

Sister Pat Twohill. The Eucharist was presided over by Father Michael Trainor, OP, priest in residence at the Columbus Motherhouse, and music was provided by Sisters Amy McFrederick of Akron, OH, June Fitzgerald and Ana Gonzalez of New Haven, CT, and Pat Connick, New York, NY.

During the ceremony, Sr. Bea professed the vows of obedience, celibacy, and poverty to God, accepting a ring as a sign of God’s faithful love, and a candle to represent the light of Christ within her and all people.Sr. Bea received degrees in elementary education, catechesis, and computer programming in Budapest, Hungary. She also earned a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and Intervention from the University of Dayton. She will complete her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from the Fordham University in 2019.

Sr. Bea has ministered as an educator, catechist and a pastoral associate. Currently, Sr. Bea is a member of the Congregation’s Vocation team and works with other young women to help them discern their call to religious life.

A native of Budapest, Hungary, Sr. Bea is the daughter of László Tiboldi and the late Éva Kovács. She has two brothers, László and Gábor Tiboldi, both of Hungary.

For coverage of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Tenth Anniversary, including the Perpetual Profession ceremony, in the Columbus Dispatch, please click here.

For more photos of Sr. Bea’s Perpetual Profession and celebration, click here. 


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Being a Nurse is Who I was Meant to Be

I have been a nurse for nearly 40 years. Most of my experience has been working in the city of Detroit in hospitals, home health, and hospice care.

Leslie Johnston, OPA
Dominican Sisters of Peace Associate

I believed initially that my career path would lead me to academics and research, but my first job – in a hospital burn unit – set me on a different path.

One of my first patients was a soft-spoken man named Frankie who had been set on fire by a group of other men because he dressed as a woman. The horror of what was done to him and his ability to maintain his dignity through all the painful treatment still brings me to tears all these years later. Working with Frankie (and other patients in the burn unit) helped me to discover that nursing, for me, is more than a profession, it is my life calling.

I eventually became an oncology nurse specialist and then an advanced practice nurse, after earning my master’s degree, but the sense of mission never left me. I joined an organization that was unique at the time for offering special services to cancer patients in their homes and I chose to continue working in the city, where I encountered other people who were also on a mission of service to others.
I was blessed to meet the owner of a small car wash who allowed a homeless person to reside in the building temporarily so our agency could safely give him chemotherapy. I also met a group of nurse practitioners who worked in a sports injury clinic by day and then took a van out at night to offer free health care services to women working as prostitutes.

In all my years as a nurse, I have received more from every patient, family member and caregiver I have been with than they received from me.

Working with people in their own homes, on the streets, and in shelters has given me a perspective that impacts every part of my life. I have come to the realization that all spaces are sacred to those who occupy them. And because all of us are sacred beings, I recognize that nursing requires a servant’s heart.

Currently, I serve as a clinical manager for a busy home health agency. I rarely visit patients anymore, but I am still ministering — to the nursing, therapy and home health aide staff who provide the services. I try to be more of a mentor than a manager. I respect their input and I try to be as thankful as possible for the various gifts they bring to our agency and our clients.

Health care regulations are constantly changing and access for all to quality healthcare is still an issue in our country. It can be frustrating, heartbreaking, and overwhelming to be a health care provider.
Focusing on the needs of the person you are trying to help whether it is your patient, or a co-worker can be difficult in many circumstances, but joining together with them to do what is most needed in that moment is one more barrier down and one more step toward healing ourselves.

I expected to be challenged in my nursing career, and I have. But I didn’t anticipate it would become my life purpose.

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Our Sisters in Mission – St Catherine 2019

Sr. Esther Calderon at Casa Alitas, a diocesan shelter for migrants released by ICE.


Esther Calderon of Tucson, AZ, has worked in healthcare, refugee and prison ministry. Although technically “retired,” Sr. Esther’s ministry has not slowed. Her ministry of prayer includes house calls and hospital visits to take communion to sick parishioners, and leading the Spanish rosary and Communion services at the ICE Detention center and the diocesan Casa Alitas, a sanctuary for immigrant families.




Sr. Ceal Warner at the New Orleans Peace Center.


Ceal Warner started her religious life in retreat work, then moved to pastoral ministry and professional counseling. She was also a member of her Congregation’s leadership team. In 2014, Sr. Ceal helped to found our new Congregation’s first original ministry, the Peace Center, bringing peace and opportunity to disadvantaged residents of New Orleans.



Representatives from Network of Hope and The Dominican Sisters of Peace display the “lease payment” for the “One Bridge to Hope” space in Bertrand Hall. Sr. Barb is on the far left.


Barbara Sullivan lived the pillars of study, preaching and service throughout her professional life, serving as a teacher, a public relations professional, and as an attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Louisville. Her latest project is helping the St. Catharine Motherhouse in Kentucky prepare to host women in recovery from opioid addiction.


Sr. Ana Gonzalez traveled to Mexico this winter to recruit students for Albertus Magnus College.




Ana Gonzalez made her first profession of vows in July 2018. She is ministering at our Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT, working with international students to help them adapt to life and study in the United States.


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Perpetual Profession

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

This weekend, we will celebrate the perpetual profession of our Sister Bea Tiboldi.  It is the final step in a long discernment and formation process.  During Mass, Bea will pronounce her vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience for LIFE.  Afterwards, we will gather to celebrate with sisters, family, friends and other religious.  In our congregation, and in religious life, it is a pretty big deal.

For each sister, whether finally or temporarily professed, it is a time to remember and renew our own commitment to these vows we made and re-make each day in the living out of our religious life.  For me, it brings back memories of my own perpetual profession almost 20 years ago and compels me to reflect on how these vows continue to empower me today.

When I live my vows of poverty, celibacy and obedience in the spirit of the Gospel, I am freed to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly (Micah 6:8) with God and all of creation.  Embracing poverty, I have learned to share my gifts and to allow others to share their gifts for the common good.  I do not hold back out of fear of not having, but share in the faith that what is lacking God will provide.  At times, God’s overflowing love has come back to me through people I have rejected or with whom I have a broken relationship.  In my poverty, I am open to receive.

Living my vow of celibacy has opened me up to witness how God loves unconditionally.  When I betrayed the trust of a close friend, I thought I was never going to learn how to love in the way God wanted me to.  It was through that friendship that God showed me unconditional love—a love that is open, life giving and does not take away another’s freedom.

Obedire (ob=to; audire=listen) is the root of the word obedience, which means, “to listen.”  We are called to listen to God, to prayerfully reflect upon what we hear and to follow that guidance.   In learning discernment, I have had to develop the ear of my heart in order to truly listen, understand, and to follow the voice of God.  When I respond to God’s call in this way, I am living my vow of obedience.

On Sunday, this is what Sr. Bea will profess:

I, Sr. Bea Tiboldi, profess the vows of obedience, celibacy, and poverty
to God and in your hands, Sister Patricia Twohill, to be lived in the
light of the Gospel and according to the Rule of St. Augustine and the
Constitutions of this congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Peace,
for my whole life.

As Bea pronounces her vows, we are invited to reflect on and renew our own life commitments, whatever they may be.  Come, let us act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with our God as people of the Resurrected Christ.

We thank God for the Gift of Sister Bea’s YES and pray for all who are being called to explore life as a Dominican Sister of Peace.  If that person is you, contact us here to explore that call.



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Am I Ready?

Sr. Pat Thomas, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Thomas, OP

The Gospel today tells the story of Jesus on the road to Emmaus. I have heard it forever, but each time, I reflect on how much I have or have not come to know Jesus in any way over these years. Each time I hear it, I can ask what makes me even think I know Jesus?

Who did I meet on this road? Was it only the Jesus who overthrew the moneychangers; was it only the Jesus who cursed the hypocrites who called themselves the church leaders; was it only the Jesus who fought against the same old traditions that were holding the people back from knowing more about God? Did I meet that Jesus so that I could feel justified in my angry feelings about so much that is happening in my world today?

Have I really met the Jesus who is peace, compassion, mercy and forgiveness? Am I ready to meet that Jesus? Somedays it is so much easier to be angry and disappointed, just like Jesus seemed to be sometimes. But what about turning the other cheek or loving my neighbors, that was Jesus too, right? Why do I have to give in all the time? Well, maybe because I have come to know Jesus and it is not “giving in” that Jesus wants or “giving up” either. Jesus wants our hearts, our minds, our very beings to be His forever and ever and to show His compassion to everyone. Am I really ready to meet that Jesus!

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