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Dominican Sister of Peace Corona Bayer

Dominican Sister of Peace Corona Bayer

Dominican Sister of Peace Corona (Lavinia) Bayer died on April 27, 2020, at the Great Bend, KS, Motherhouse, in the heart of the Sunflower state where she spent much of her life and her seventy years of ministry.

Sister Corona was born in Willowdale, Kansas in 1928 to Margaret Gehlen and William Bayer. Like her older sister, Sister Camillus, she heard the call to serve God and God’s people as a religious sister and joined the Congregation in 1947

Sister Corona had the heart of Mary, but the hard-working hands of Martha. For many years her ministry was one of caring and service, doing domestic work in Kansas and Oklahoma. She also helped in the main kitchen of the Great Bend Motherhouse and in the sewing room, which must have helped lead Sr. Corona to her later ministry creating beautiful and practical handmade items to help support our missions.

Sister Corona earned her Certification as a Nurse Aide from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 1970 and additional Certification from Barton Community College in 1976. With this knowledge she was able to begin a new ministry of caring, serving through the Health Aid Service and as a Nurse Aide in Colorado and Kansas.

Sister Corona Bayer and her famous scrubbies.

Sister Corona was dedicated to the missions of the Congregation as well as to a mission close to her own heart, the Central Kansas Association for the Visually Impaired. She created countless wonderful handcrafted items to be sold at the annual CKA VI and Great Bend Mission craft shows. Her craft table were always full of quilts and baby blankets, hats and scarves, table runners, along with dolls and other toys, not to mention the thousands of scrubbies that have become a main staple each year. She was especially pleased to create a Dominican Sister doll for the Lourdes Museum in France.

In her remembrance at Sr. Corona’s wake, Sister Renee Dreiling quoted the reading from Revelations 14:13, “Happy are the dead who die in the Lord. They shall find rest from their labors, for their good works accompany them.” Sr. Corona was, Sr. Renee said, a woman of innumerable good works, but also a woman of kindness, of generosity, and of gentle, playful nature. She loved to dress up for Halloween, to prepare for family gatherings with her Sr. Camillus, and to make the occasional oddball and lighthearted requests of Leadership, like buying the local Dairy Queen as a new ministry.

Sister Corona was preceded in death by her parents, six brothers, and one sister. She is survived by two brothers, Leonard and Herman Bayer; three sisters, Ginny Klein, Martina Young and Joan Payne; two sisters in law, Mary and Kathy, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Vigil Service was held on April 28, 2020, and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on April 29, 2020. Sr. Corona Bayer was buried at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend, KS.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Corona’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219.

To donate in Sr. Corona Bayer’s memory, please click here.

To view a printable PDF copy of Sr. Corona’s memorial, please click here.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Marie Butler

Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Marie Butler

Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Marie (Virginia Cora) Butler died on April 12, 2020, at the Mohun Health Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Born in 1928, Sr. Virginia was one of four children born to Hazel Supp and Robert Butler of New York City. She entered the Congregation in 1950, made first profession in 1952 and perpetual profession in 1955. She served her Congregation and the people of God faithfully for 68 years.

Sister Virginia Marie earned a BA in Art from Rosemont College, her MA in Scripture from Providence College and a Certificate in Biblical Spirituality from the Catholic Theological Union. This education prepared her well for her retreat ministry in Florida, New Mexico, and Pennsylvania, and for her service to her retired Sisters in both Elkins Park and Danville, PA. She found her time at Lucy Easton Smith Residence for Women in Philadelphia, PA, to be among her most significant ministries.

Sister Virginia Marie also served her Congregation as both Novice Directress and Assistant Junior Mistress. Her beautiful calligraphy was used by many of the Congregation’s retreat ministries.

In 2001, Sister Virginia Marie published Go to Galilee: The Spiritual Geography of the Gospels, inspired by a study trip to the Holy Land.

In true Dominican fashion, Sister Virginia Marie changed residences a number of times in her later years, moving from Elkins Park, PA, to Danville, PA, to Saint Catharine, KY, to Oxford, MI, and finally to Mohun Health Care Center. She was always grateful for the warm welcomes that she received in each new community and contributed her own humor and joy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Hazel Supp Butler, her brothers, Robert, Jr. and Warren, and her sister, Hazel Schmitt.  She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A private funeral service and burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH, were held on April 21, 2020.  A memorial service will occur at a future date.

Memorial gifts in Sister Virginia Marie Butler’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at

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Time for Reparations

Blog by Sister Judy Morris, OP

In the era of COVID 19, celebrations are hard to come by. Thousands have begun gathering in restaurants, bars, and beaches without social distancing and masks, and those careless celebrations have been dampened by spikes in cases in a number of states. With July 4th on the horizon, even more will want to forget about social distancing and gather for picnics and fireworks.  After all, we need to celebrate freedom from British rule, and freedom for all.

Really?  Correction:  freedom for white men.

Thanks to the Administration’s tone-deaf scheduling of a “come back” rally on the 19th of June, Juneteenth has become part in the vocabulary of many in the United States. Juneteenth is an important celebration of freedom, marking the end of slavery, and has, sadly, received little attention outside of the African American community until recently.

When General Gordon Granger and 2,000 Union soldiers arrived on June 19, 1865, in Galveston, TX, and announced that slavery had ended, a second Independence Day celebration began. With Black Lives Matter, awareness of Juneteenth has spiked and calls for making it a federal holiday have increased.  Mary Elliott, Curator of American Slavery at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History, states “Juneteenth is not simply a day for the end of slavery in the United States, but for the reflection on the history of slavery.”

Art by Ashley Apollonio-Hairston

Two significant events came together on June 19 in Tulsa.  While many celebrated Juneteenth, the Greenwood massacre of May 31, 1921, was a dark shadow in the background. During that tragic event, white citizens looted and burned 1,000 Black-owned businesses and homes, killing 300 African Americans and destroying 35 blocks of property known as Black Wall Street. The Tulsa Race Massacre demolished the hopes and dreams of a successful future for Blacks in the city. According to the Guardian, public funerals were banned to avoid explosive gatherings, and insurance companies refused to compensate the victims.

As we reflect on the Greenwood massacre in Tulsa and the Juneteenth celebration of an end to slavery, the revival of Jim Crow-like laws, lynching, income inequality and voter suppression continue to be part of the discussion.  Discussions of reparations need to be front and center, reflected in the growing movement in the United States.

Reparations could take the form of free college tuition for all African Americans, subsidized home mortgages, business start-up funds.  The list of possible support is lengthy.

For reparations to happen, Congress must create a national commission on reparations, pass a bill and the President sign the bill.

The time for action is now.  Make Juneteenth a federal holiday and pass a reparations bill that provides substantial financial support for African American citizens.

Posted in Peace & Justice Blog

Peace and Justice Updates – 6.24.2020

ZOOM Discussion of USCCB Letter Addressing Racial Equality
On three consecutive Thursdays: June 25, July 2, and July 9, from 3 pm EDT to 4 pm EDT, the Archdiocese of Louisville will conduct a three-part discussion on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Pastoral Letter, “Open Wide Our Hearts, the Enduring Call to Love.”

Ms. Jane Cruthirds will be facilitating this discussion.

The agenda for the discussions is as follows:

June 25- Introduction to the Pastoral Letter, pages 3-10
What is Racism? -Theological underpinnings – “made in the image and likeness of God” and Jesus’ sacrifice for all.

July 2 – Cultural Context, pages 10-20
The experience of Native Americans, African Americans, and Hispanic peoples living in the US. Saints and servants in the US working towards inclusivity; The Urgent Call to Love

July 9 – Walk Humbly with God, pages 20-32
Call to Action (acknowledge, encounter, accompany, educate, etc.)

Upon completion, 5 hours of Catechist Certification will be awarded:  2.5 hours in Catechetics/Ministry Praxis and 2.5 hours in Catholic Social Teaching

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Supporting the Palestinian People
The Palestinian-led BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction) movement for freedom, justice and equality upholds the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity.

Fifteen years after its launch, the BDS movement is more urgent than ever. Enabled by the US and the EU, Israel has for decades entrenched what dozens of UN human rights experts have recently called its “21st century apartheid.”

Palestinian civil society is urgently calling for targeted, lawful sanctions against Israel to end Israel’s apartheid regime and to counter its plans to formally annex large parts of the occupied Palestinian territory.

The time for cutting military trade and research with Israel, for banning trade with its illegal settlements, for holding its war criminals accountable, and for ending free-trade agreements with it is long overdue.

To celebrate BDS@15 and our collective impact in resisting Israeli apartheid, there are 15 actions to choose from to grow our movement, including:

  • Educating about Israeli apartheid and mobilizing pressure to end corporate and state complicity in it.
  • Supporting calls for targeted sanctions against Israel, including cutting military trade and banning illegal settlement trade
  • Joining academic, cultural and sports boycott campaigns
  • Declaring community spaces Apartheid Free Zones
  • Supporting racial and economic justice struggles led by Black, Indigenous and other communities of color.

Please click here to find out more about the BDS movement and how you can help.



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A New Mind Set

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

I have finally started wearing hearing aids, and it has been quite an adjustment. I know a lot of us have had to begin using these devices.  The one thing my audiologist has to keep me reminding me about is how my brain must be involved in how I use them. Once the aids are in my ears, it requires a tremendous rebooting for my brain because it has to regulate my hearing in a new way.

These last few months under the harsh realities of COVID-19 and the killing of George Floyd, our brains have had to make serious reboots. What was normal then is not normal now. How do we make rational decisions now in the face of the “wear a mask/don’t wear a mask” controversy; get a haircut or not; participate in protests or not; write letters to our leaders to encourage them to rethink how America will continue or not. You get it.

Our brains have to make a new balance and help us relearn how to live in our various settings. We have to relearn how to prioritize; to define our values once again. The question looms large out there – do we just go back to the way it was or have we been able to learn better ways? That is what our brain is trying to make sense about, and we can’t rush it. It has been too used to the way things always were, but then that’s the way most of us would like it to be – THE WAY THINGS WERE! I guess one of my hopes is that this virus and the horrendous murders of so many Black people will make us say we can NEVER go back to the way things were.

I hate the way things were and I see so many possibilities for us to make the words of an old Mamas and Papas song come to life.

There’s a new world coming
And it’s just around the bend….
There’s a new voice calling,
You can hear it if you try….
Coming in peace, coming in joy,
Coming in love.

An awful lot of people call that “pie in the sky” language; but I think the roots of those words are found in the Word. Jesus preached a new world order and told his first followers they had better get crackin’ to establish a different way of living where the last will be first from now on! It is a world of paradigm shifts, revolution and systemic change. Are you in?

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