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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.


 

Sr. Mary Elizabeth Myers, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Myers, OP (82), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on Saturday, May 6, 2017. She was born in 1935 in Jennings, LA, and was the oldest of nine children. Her parents, Luke and Mamie Kinney Myers, were rice farmers. She delighted in her rich Cajun French, German, Irish, and Native American heritage. In 1954 Lizzie, as she liked to be called, entered the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth first trained in the culinary arts and cooked at the motherhouse for a few years. Later she trained as a licensed practical nurse and ministered in hospitals and care centers in New Orleans, Houma and Jennings, LA. However, she said her greatest joy was caring for her parents in their final years, and also caring for her Dominican Sisters and their families. After her retirement, she served as a Congregational Volunteer at the motherhouse in Oxford, MI. Continue reading →

Posted in Obituaries

Encountering the Holy… from a Different Perspective

Pat Dual
Blog by Sr. Pat Dual, OP

I’m a “city girl” raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia surrounded by waterways and on the coast of the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.  Looking out over a lake, bay or ocean was a peaceful meditation on the Holy for me.  I definitely encounter the Holy One in the Eucharist, through scripture, music, and people. However, there is just a different kind of encounter with the Holy when I face the immensity of waters stretching beyond the horizon.  Many people may encounter a sense of the Holy through nature walks through beautiful paths in the woods.  For me, an encounter with the Holy was a coastal view of a beautiful sea meeting the sky in a distant horizon…until I met the Rockies.

Recently, I visited Denver, CO for the first time.  The view of the Rocky Mountains was stunning. While we only had time to explore the foothills of the Rockies and to admire the mountains from a distance, it was an experience allowed me to encounter the Holy from a uniquely different perspective. Being surrounded by the majesty of the Rocky Mountains was a “WOW” moment with God.  It was, for me, a new encounter with the Holy. In what ways do you encounter the Holy One?  Have you had a recent “WOW” moment with God?

Have you recently had an opportunity to experience God in a new way or through a new experience, or from a different perspective?  Why not consider joining the Dominican Sisters of Peace to experience a few days of prayer, volunteer service, and theological reflection during our Mission Immersion event on May 18-21, 2017!   Space is limited.  You can find more details here. You can also check out some of my pictures from the foothills of the Rockies here.  Enjoy!

Posted in God Calling??

We are part of Divine Insanity

Blog by Sr. Janet Schlichting, OP

The grave could not hold him. No one people could possess him. No one sect or religion or culture could claim the Christ as theirs alone. The Spirit of God, of Jesus the Risen One, continued to surprise and shock and amaze and scandalize—not just in Galilean synagogues, or Samaritan towns, or Centurions’ households, or the courts of the Temple in Jerusalem– but in a blessed rampage from Jerusalem to the ends of the earth. The Spirit prodded them and preceded them, beyond their boundaries, their ideas of clean and unclean, rich and poor, man and woman, slave or free, Jew and Gentile. This is the story we are following in the Acts of the Apostles.

But the Gospel we have been hearing along with Acts, prompts the question. What about the sheepfold? What of the safety in containment, the expectation of a voice they knew to guide them and guard them? What of their trust in the faithful presence of the one who called and named them? Jesus reiterates his abiding care, the comfort and clarity of a familiar call, his naming us with love. But now– the Risen Jesus has penetrated the walls, the Voice has dispersed into a hundred languages, the gates of the sheepfold have blown open in a mighty wind. Anyone can go out. Anyone can come in. The sheep to be gathered roam all over the earth.

The Acts of the Apostles tells the story of apostles and disciples dealing with surprise after surprise. The fearful preach boldly. Boundaries are crossed. Arguments ensue. The unacceptable becomes acceptable and then the norm.  But even as their souls were seared and strengthened, their hearts opened in joy beyond any known dimension, they had lost the Jesus they thought they knew, as the Risen One sent forth the Spirit.

Through the Christian centuries two realities grate against one another: the comfort of boundaries and protective fences, the strength in a particular community and its norms, versus the disturbances of the Spirit (the rattling of our cages). We cover our ears against intruding voices, even as the Gospel demands new hearing and new languages. We retreat into the fold of the familiar, the peace of restful waters even as wars and hatred ravage the landscapes of our earth and demand our presence as active lovers and peacemakers.

Jesus is risen. His glory pervades the universe. His Word cannot be chained; his Spirit cannot be tamed. This is our faith. His promise is to be with us always, and that we will be brought together, one flock and one shepherd. The catch is, that on any given day, he hands the staff over to you or me or any number of sheepish humans, and tells us to carry it. Shall we open or shut the gate, shall we gather or scatter? It’s Divine Insanity, as Catherine of Siena told God, to love us enough to trust us as partners, so to speak, in the work of salvation. But that’s what we’ve been carrying on about this Easter Season. Earth unites with heaven, and humankind is bonded to God. It doesn’t demand human clarity. An Alleluia will be just fine. Yes, Alleluia!

Posted in Wednesday's Word

Marian Foundation gives a Major Gift to the Dominican Learning Center

Central Ohio Adult Learning Center teaches ESL, ABE, GED

Columbus, OH – The end of the school year may be right around the corner, but at the Dominican Learning Center in Columbus, classes are just beginning. And thanks to a generous gift from the Marian Foundation of Columbus, the Dominican Learning Center will be able to continue its work of providing education to adults across Central Ohio.

Founded in 1954, the Marian Foundation is a Columbus-based charitable trust that supports service organizations for educational, scientific, religious and charitable programs. The Foundation’s trustees have made a $5,700 gift to the Dominican Learning Center.

“We are so grateful to the Marian Foundation for this generous gift,” said Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, Director of the Dominican Learning Center. “The Marian Foundation has supported us for a number of years because we dedicate every dollar of their support to our learners.” Continue reading →

Posted in News

Preaching the Gospel through Shareholder Advocacy

Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Executive compensation. Incentive plans. Increasing numbers of common stock. Accelerated vesting of equity awards. Vote tabulation. These are corporate phrases that I rarely paid attention to before. Understanding that I felt a call to justice work, I had no need to surround myself with corporate verbiage and technical terms that I assumed would never affect me. Yet my role as Justice Promoter has quickly transformed me into a pseudo-corporate detective as I work with our proxies and our socially responsible investments.

Signing petitions, writing letters, calling legislators, and walking in marches are all ways to support just causes and make our collective voice heard. Yet we know there is beauty in diversity, and we can find multiple, effective ways to bring about change. One of those ways is through shareholder action.

As much as I wish we could easily change the system by changing hearts, telling stories, and forming relationships (and that is often an effective avenue to change!), I also realize that money talks, especially in the corporate boardroom. As shareholders, we have the ability to advocate for issues that are important to us and hold corporations accountable. We can ensure they know they have a responsibility to take care of their employees, to take care of the Earth, and to take care of all those they serve.

Investors have advocated for policy changes that have proved very effective over the long-term (although they are often slow victories to win, as is most systemic change work). Shareholder advocacy has been very effective in getting businesses to adopt sustainability standards and greenhouse gas emission limits, committing to sustainable sourcing, adopting human rights policies, and addressing supply chain risks. We now find ourselves at a critical time to protect the victories we’ve achieved through shareholder advocacy and ensure shareholders have a voice that will continue to be heard. Currently, before the House Financial Services Committee, there is a bill called the Financial CHOICE Act. Part of the legislation would curb the ability of small investors to bring issues to a shareholder vote during annual meetings. As shareholders, we have a moral responsibility to stand up for those without a voice at the table. Please click to review a letter about the Financial Choice Act and actions you can take today.

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog, Peace & Justice Weekly Updates