Sr. Siena Ward, OP, died at the age of 85 on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Regina Health Center, Richfield, OH. She was born to Edward and Sarah Lilly Ward of Youngstown, OH. She graduated from Our Lady of the Elms High School in 1948, entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Akron, now Dominican Sisters of Peace, on August 24, 1947, and made religious profession on June 20, 1949. Sr. Siena was in her 66th year of religious profession. She earned her BSE from St. John College, Cleveland in 1959. In 1980, she became certified in Clinical Pastoral Education from St. Louis, MO. Continue reading →
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Dominican Sister of Peace Theresina Greenwell, OP, died at the age of 92 on July 1, 2015, at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.
Sr. Theresina earned a BA in History and English from Spalding College (Louisville, KY), and two master’s degrees – one in Sociology from Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), and one in Religious Studies from Spalding University (Louisville, KY).
This past two weeks Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace have celebrated the life, death, and entry into Eternal Life of four of our Sisters: Carmelite Zibilich OP, Theresina Greenwell OP, Aniceta Pitstick OP, Siena Ward OP, and Gemma Doll OP’s Father, Jane Brown OPA’s Mother, plus relatives of several Sisters and Associates.
As a relatively new Congregation uniting Sisters from eight different congregations and cultures, it is both gift and challenge to get to know and appreciate each other. To this end, we gather in Chapter Meetings, yearly or bi-yearly Assemblies, have monthly webcasts by our Leadership Team, share Daily OPPeace E-News and Weekly Associates E-News, and have set up geographic Mission Groups (and a Free Formed one).
When one of our Sisters pass away, I am especially grateful for the practice of Wake services where family, friends, Sisters and Associates have a chance to share memories of the Sister. When I am able to attend these, whether I have personally known the Sister or not, I have always come to appreciate the person through the eyes of those closest to her and/or influenced by her life and ministry, and I come away feeling privileged to belong to this awesome family of Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace.
Last Saturday, July 11, marked a very special life step for our novice, Beata Tiboldi and for our Congregation as well, as she made her First Profession of Vows as a Dominican Sister of Peace and we welcomed her as a vowed member. This was just two days after we said goodbye to and entrusted our Sr. Siena to God. Both gatherings were celebrations of new LIFE, both a giant leap of FAITH, both graced moments for us to reflect and renew our own gift of self to God and others.
I held all of this in my heart as we sang the Communion Meditation at Bea’s Profession Mass: “How shall I sing to God when life is filled with gladness, loving and birth, wonder and worth? I’ll sing from the heart, thankfully receiving, joyful in believing. This is my song, I’ll sing it with love…How shall I sing to God and tell my Savior’s story: passover bread, life from the dead? I’ll sing with my life, witnessing and giving, risking and forgiving. This is my song, I’ll sing it with love.”
– How Shall I Sing to God by Brian Wren.
Ten years ago today, I celebrated with my community, family, and friends my perpetual profession of vows as a Dominican Sister. I found out that day that many of my Dominican Sisters also celebrated anniversaries of profession on July 9 so it became even more special to me as I pondered all the Dominican women on whose shoulders I stood. In addition, today is the 49th anniversary of my Dad’s death, so the day has always been very significant to my family. This week we have also celebrated the lives of Srs. Aniceta Pitstick (Columbus, OH), Theresina Greenwell (St. Catharine, KY), and Siena Ward (Akron, OH) who have completed their lives on this earth and have now joined the saints in heaven.
Two days from now our congregation – Dominican Sisters of Peace: Sisters and Associates in Mission – will affirm and celebrate the first profession of vows of our novice, Sr. Bea Tiboldi. Most of the preparations – interiorly and exteriorly – are ready as Bea and we look forward to another woman joining the long line of followers of Christ in the tradition of Dominic de Guzman.
As Dominicans, we are in the midst of a ten year celebration (2006-2016) of the 800th anniversary of the Order, so it is especially exciting to witness Bea walk her journey in the footsteps of Dominic and Catherine of Siena and the multitudes of Dominican women and men who have come before her. May she and all of us follow closely the last words attributed to Dominic, “Have charity for one another, guard humility, make your treasure out of voluntary poverty.” Congratulations, Sister Bea!
What anniversaries do you celebrate or honor? Whether anniversaries of joy or sorrow may you know the loving presence of Christ in all the events of your life. Peace.
Scripturally speaking, this is not the week for appreciating the joys and comforts of God’s presence; or resting in the peaceful protective valleys of God’s mercy. This week’s God, as we jump through the Jacob-through-Joseph section of Genesis, seems abrupt, mysterious and demanding in interactions with the major characters as we continue on to the Egyptian captivity and the Moses story. A God who breaks in every once in awhile, alternately fearsome and blessing, choosing humans who are no great models of sanctity, to keep the promise made to Abraham. Continue reading →