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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.


 

God’s ways are not our ways

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

Last weekend I attended a young adult retreat sponsored by the local Diocese. It was held at a beautiful retreat center in a bucolic setting – replete with walking trails with the Stations of the Cross, several grottos and Silence. I would like to say that I was one of the young adults but, I don’t think I qualify in that category anymore. I was there to serve as a companion and Spiritual Director to the retreatants. I was deeply touched and impressed with their witness of faith and their quest to intentionally live lives of meaning and service. Continue reading →

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Where is the flute?

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

Women of wisdom, experience, insights, patience and determination-these words only begin to describe the 800+ Leadership Team members attending the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) earlier this month in Houston, TX. As President of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR), I was present at the conference, heard the keynote addresses and joined in conversations at our NACAR exhibit table with the Sisters. One of the most repeated messages to us as NACAR representatives was the sincere recognition by the Sisters that the role of Associates is essential, expanding and part of the transformation of ecclesial women and men. Continue reading →

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It’s Always Been this Way…But Maybe Not Now!

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

The thought I had as I read the Gospel for today, August 26, was that we often hide behind laws, traditions, customs and ancient ways in order to justify our decisions and the actions we take. We use the laws to justify our actions when it is in our personal best interest to do so. We are afraid even when we know the truth because sometimes the truth asks us to look at things from a different angle, to step away from what has always made us comfortable. Continue reading →

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Jesus, the Marginalized, and Us

Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA
Blog by Associate Mary Ellen George, OPA

Many times we’ve sung the lyrics to the song, “We Are Called,” in which the refrain begins with the verse, “We are called to act with justice.” Or perhaps you’ve watched the television show What Would You Do? with John Quinones and questioned what your own actions would be in a particular circumstance of injustice. When it comes to responding to injustice, as followers of Jesus, we are reminded of the Gospel message in Matthew 25:40 “The King will answer and say to them, ‘Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'” Jesus describes the “least of these” as the hungry, thirsty, homeless, naked, sick and imprisoned. We might describe the “least of these” as the marginalized who society does not want anything to do with or with whom we do not want to relate. Many of us may retort that “they” should be able to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Continue reading →

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