Sr. Rosemary Loomis, OP, has been selected by the National Organization of Parents Of Murdered Children, Inc., (POMC) to receive the Father Ken Czillinger Award. The award is presented in recognition of a professional who has “demonstrated extraordinary understanding of the mental health needs of survivors of homicide victims and who has offered exceptional assistance in supporting the mental health of survivors.” The award will be presented in Las Vegas, at the Annual National Conference on August 1.
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Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace are in the forefront of working to end slavery. Human trafficking is a contemporary form of slavery. Pope Francis calls it “a plague on humanity.” It is the second largest form of criminal activity, exceeded only by drug trafficking. Today, 21-30 million people are being induced through fraud, force, or coercion, into commercial sex acts or labor services. There are reports of organ trafficking. Continue reading →
“I don’t really understand myself, for I want to do what is right, but I don’t do it. Instead I do what I hate.” – Romans 7:15
With this quote from St. Paul, Bishop F. Josephus Johnson began the program “How to Stay Alive in an Unconsciously Racial Society” at the House of the Lord in Akron, OH. Dominican Sisters of Peace Cathy Arnold, OP and Barbara Catalano, OP; and Associate Colette Parker, OPA, and I had attended the program which was designed for the local community to examine “implicit bias.” That is a concept substantiated by research which describes that a person’s unconscious thoughts and feelings lead to perception, judgment and actions. Continue reading →
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. [So] do not let your heart be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27
Recently, my reflections have centered on the concept of “peace” and the lack of peace in our world. As an African-American, I have a personal interest in the events headlining the news dealing with racial injustice and violence in the past several months. As a religious Sister, I am drawn to the necessity of promoting equality and justice in all areas of life as an essential part of proclaiming the gospel. And as a member of a religious congregation bearing the name of Dominican Sisters of Peace, I am conscious of the need to discern how I am being called to embody our commitment to “Be Peace, Build Peace and Preach Peace” in responding with gospel values to these particular “signs of the times.” Continue reading →
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 →