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Listening: The Most Neglected Aspect of Public Life

Reflection by Associate Ron Hustedde, OPA
Reflection by Associate Ron Hustedde, OPA

At a recent gathering of Dominican Sisters and Associates in Springfield, KY, I was amazed at the diversity and abundance of Dominican ministries that are linked with peace-making. The participants also talked about St. Catharine Motherhouse and how it is a sign of peace and welcome. One can viscerally sense the Divine Presence in our gatherings by just walking through St. Catharine’s doors. Continue reading →

Posted in Just Reflecting

Time for a March on Washington?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

What is left to say about the slaughter of children, students, movie goers and reporters like 24 year-old Alison Parker, killed while doing an early morning television interview? As with every previous shooting, there will be shock, responses from elected officials expressing “prayers and sympathy,” but no commitment to responsible, common sense legislation. Continue reading →

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

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 →

Posted in Associate Blog, News

“Whom Shall I Send?”

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

“Whom Shall I Send? Here I am Lord, send me!” – Isaiah 6:8

I love this “call and response” verse from Isaiah. It is the question and answer at the root of every vocation call (religious or lay) when God is truly part of the discernment process. God is still calling and inviting women and men to consider religious life, but the invitation may go unnoticed in the busyness and noise of today’s society. However, Pope Francis has helped to energize people’s interest in viewing religious life as a viable option for their future. Francis has encouraged young people to pray about God’s call for their life. The Church is, indeed, finding that there are young people responding with a willingness to be “open and sent” in answer to God’s invitation. Continue reading →

Posted in God Calling??