Welcoming America (www.welcomingamerica.org), an initiative started in Iowa in 2004, continued in Nashville, TN, in 2005, and now spread throughout the United States, has as its goal the development of receptive communities where immigrants may thrive. As their web site states: “Welcoming America focuses on the communities where new immigrants have made their homes, helping neighbors build relationships built on trust and understanding. Instead of focusing on the seed, we concentrate on preparing the soil in which it will flourish.” Among the many cities and counties participating are Pittsburgh, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Dayton, Denver, Dodge City, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Tucson. Continue reading →
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“We have assumed the name of peacemakers, but we have been unwilling to pay any significant price for peace. We want peace with half a heart and half a life and half a will. The war continues because the waging of war is total but the waging of peace is partial.”
– Daniel Berrigan, SJ, in Pace e Bene Daily Inspiration (4-27-15)
April 30 marked the 40th anniversary of the evacuation of the American embassy in South Vietnam. May 4 marks the 45th anniversary of the killing of four students at Kent State University during war protests, and May 15 the two students killed at Jackson State University. I worked at Kent State for many years and May 4 is never forgotten and has always been a time of remembrance and dialog about war and peace and justice issues. It is a specific time on campus for challenging the current young minds to discuss the price of waging war or waging peace and justice issues today. Continue reading →
Dominican Sister of Peace Peggy Duggan, OP, a native of Holbrook, MA, died on April 27, 2015, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. Sr. Peggy is survived by her brothers Wilfred and John, her sister Mary and several nieces and nephews. Continue reading →
Read a reflection offered by Sr. Rosemary Rule, OP.
Sr. Regina Marie, OP, has been at Sansbury Care Center since 1996 when she came as a computer assistant. She also served there earlier from 1983 to 1988 as a receptionist and office assistant. She was born in Mattoon, IL, on April 30, 1929, to George and Mary Regina Bruner. She entered the Dominican Sisters in 1948 and made profession in 1950. Continue reading →
Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Virginia Berak, OP, died at the age of 92 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, at the Lourdes Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Waterford, MI. She was born Margaret Berak on August 8, 1922, in Czechoslovakia and was the youngest of four children. Her parents were Joseph and Susan Novak Berak. At the age of five, she and her mother and three siblings, Joseph, Steve and Ann emigrated to Detroit, MI, where her father found employment. Margaret lived with her family until she entered the Dominican Sisters, Congregation of St. Zedislava, in Warren, MI (now Dominican Sisters of Peace) in 1937. Continue reading →