God Calling?

Every vocation story begins with a call – a call to share your gifts with others who want to make a difference in the world. If you believe that you’ve heard God’s call, and you want to write your own story with the Dominican Sisters of Peace, contact us to begin a conversation.


 

Awakened by the Spirit – Called to Discipleship

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

Gold ribbons waving through the air accompanied the opening song, Envia tu Espiritu – Send out your Spirit, of the National Religious Vocation Conference’s convocation in Overland Park, KS. The Spirit was indeed alive and flowing throughout the entire gathering of 300 Vocation Ministers from the US and around the world. Sr. Pat Dual, OP, and I attended and were enriched by our time with our fellow vocation ministers, discerners, supporters, presiders and presenters.

On Saturday, we were joined by six young religious who were invited to be panelists for a conversation about religious life today, discernment, thoughts on the present and future realities of their respective congregations and words of wisdom for those discerning a vocation to religious life. I was touched, inspired, challenged and so proud of these men and women who have courageously and selflessly embraced this counter-cultural vocation in today’s world. Continue reading →

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National Vocations Awareness Week: A Time for Gratitude and a Time to Pray

Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

In the Scriptures in Ecclesiastes, we are told that there is a time for everything.  During November 6-12, 2016, we celebrate National Vocational Awareness Week.  It is a time to really highlight efforts to foster a culture of vocations by heightening our awareness about vocations in the Church.  In addition to increasing our awareness of consecrated religious life in the Church, this week is a time to pray collectively for others to answer the call to religious life, priesthood and the diaconate. It is also a time when we can express gratitude for the consecrated women and men who have impacted our own life and faith journey. Continue reading →

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Food for Thought

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Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George

Since it’s my turn to write this week’s blog, I decided to do a Google search for observances during the month of November.  I was delighted to see that one of my favorite comfort foods is observed in the celebration of National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month.  As a child and as an adult, I’ve never grown tired of indulging my senses regularly with the creamy, salty flavor of a good spoonful or spread of peanut butter on toast, crackers, apples, etc.  I can enjoy deliciously savoring this treat morning, noon, or evening. Continue reading →

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Women of the Church: From the Past to the Present and into the Future

Blog by Sr. Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP
Blog by Sr. Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP

Responding to Pope Francis’ Call – “…More incisive female presence”

The changing colors of nature in the fall season reflect the process of letting go of life as it is in the Summer in order to give birth to new life in the coming Spring. Adding to this Fall spirit of transformation, on the weekend of October 7-9, about 260 people around the country gathered together in Ferdinand, IN, for the “Women of the Church” conference. Among the many participants were women religious from various congregations, priests and seminarians, and young lay men and women. A large group of seminarians was very active in the event by helping with transportation, food and dinner. The conference was held in response to Pope Francis’ call for “a more incisive female presence” in the Catholic Church. Continue reading →

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Share Some Good News

Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP
Blog by Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP

Intercultural Leadership in Today’s World

I recently had the opportunity to hear Dr. Vanessa White at the Women of the Church Conference in Ferdinand, IN, speak on the topic of Intercultural Leadership in Today’s World. She did more than speak however. She opened the session by asking us to share some good news with the other participants at our table. I found it amazing that in five minutes time with five people sharing, we began to form or deepen relationships.  Continue reading →

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