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For further information on any of the news items listed here, please contact Alice Black, PhD, OPA, Director of Communications & Mission Advancement, at 614-416-1020.


 

Dominican Sisters of Peace Welcome New Candidate

NEW HAVEN, CT – On Saturday, November 1, 2014, Margaret Uche was welcomed as a candidate with the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a ceremony held at Albertus Magnus College in St. Catherine of Siena Chapel. Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP, Prioress, welcomed Margaret in the name of the congregation. Sisters and Associates from the area, including Mission Group East, the local community and the Ministry of Welcome Team: Sr. Pat Dual, OP, Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP, and Sr. Pat Twohill, OP, participated. Also in attendance were Margaret’s brother, Dr. Gregory Uche, representing the Uche family, and Dr. Julia McNamara, President of Albertus Magnus College. Sr. Cathy Arnold, OP, Formation Minister, presided at the prayer service. Continue reading →

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St. Agnes Students Attend Dominican Preaching Conference

MEMPHIS, TN – St. Agnes Acacemy (SAA) students Anna Stavrum, Gabby Willingham, Emily Drewry and Grace Ashbery represented St. Agnes Academy at the 2014 Dominican Preaching Conference held at Siena Heights University in Adrian, MI. St. Agnes Academy was one of 26 Dominican high schools from across the country to participate in this Conference. The St. Agnes ladies learned more about the four Dominican pillars of Study, Prayer, Community, and Service, and how they can apply these pillars to their school leadership and to their daily lives. They learned that preaching is something that takes place not only from the pulpit, but from service and leading their lives in a way as to be an example for others. Anna, Gabby, Emily, and Grace are retreat leaders at St. Agnes, and will use the skills they learned from the Conference to help their fellow students.
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A Nun’s Life Ministry Comes to Columbus

On October 5, 2014, Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP, and Sr. Mattie Sterner, OP, were the on-air guests of A Nun’s Life Ministry, a unique and innovative way to bring the vitality of religious life to the airwaves. The program is a radio broadcast that comes to you live and later is available for podcast. Continue reading →

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Docs vs Glocks

The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence notes that 1 in every 25 admissions to pediatric trauma centers in the United States is due to gunshot wounds. In Kentucky last month a five-year-old boy shot and killed his two-year-old sister with a child-size rifle presented to him as a gift from his parents. I was told that child-size rifles are common in rural Kentucky, so such tragedies are to be expected. Although irresponsible, Kentucky law makes it legal. Several months earlier a young boy picked up his father’s revolver resting on a table and shot and killed him while his mother and siblings watched. The stories are endless.

Doctors in Florida are now prevented from sharing life-saving information about the risks of guns with parents because of an outrageous law pushed by gun lobby extremists. In June 2011, a law was passed that would strip doctors of their medical licenses if they share such information.

Last year the Brady Campaign sued on behalf of Florida doctors and won in federal district court, but Governor Rick Scott and the gun lobby are appealing to the US Court of Appeals. If Governor Scott wins this case we can expect similar “gag rules” in states around the country. At least six other states have introduced similar bills in recent years, although none have passed.

Common sense, responsible gun legislation remains a goal on both the federal and state level. If that happens, it will be because people have spoken with a clear and consistent voice to their representatives, calling for legislation that will save lives.

Former Senator Wendell Ford once said, “If I hear from ten constituents on any issue I pay attention.” Together let us get the attention of our state and federal representatives on this critical issue. We could save a life!

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