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Raising the Body of Christ

Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP, addresses Columbus Catholic High School and Ohio Dominican University students.

The Gospel reading for Sunday, January 27 was perfect for the first day of Catholic Schools Week 2019.

From First Corinthians 12, the first verse was: For as with the human body which is a unity although it has many parts — all the parts of the body, though many, still making up one single body — so it is with Christ.

We all have a part to play in the continuation and the strength of our Catholic schools. Whether parents or teachers, students or volunteers, each of us contribute to the strength of each school, and to the value that each school’s education provides to our precious young people.

This past weekend I was blessed to see the body of the Church and of our Catholic Schools in action, as Columbus diocesan schools and our congregation’s sponsored University, Ohio Dominican University, came together to minister to the marginalized and share Christ’s peace.

It all started in spring 2018 when Ohio Dominican University hosted Catholic Schools Day. Students from the local high schools toured the university, then accepted a special challenge – to create a social justice project that would make a positive impact in the Central Ohio community.

Human Trafficking survivor April Thacker.

Students from Fisher Catholic in Lancaster, OH, created a plan to provide much-needed clothing, food, and personal items to trafficked women in Columbus, OH. Andy White, Director for the Center for Student Involvement at Ohio Dominican and Sharon Reed, Dean of Student Life & Associate Vice President for Enrollment and Student Success, offered $1000 in seed money and the “Not For Sale: Coming Together to End Human Trafficking”  community service event became a reality on January 27, 2019.

I had the opportunity to introduce the Catholic high school and Ohio Dominican students to my dear friend April Thacker, a brave survivor of human trafficking. April’s presentation put the work of the day into context, as students packaged newly purchased hoodies, food, and personal items to be distributed to homeless and trafficked women on the streets of west Columbus.

Among the students was Allie Sarff from St. Francis DeSales High School. She recently donated many beautiful handmade blankets for the homeless women here in Columbus. When she heard about the “Not for Sale” event, she collected more than $2000 from students and teachers at the Columbus High School to buy hoodies and other items to donate to the event.

In total, the event brought in 150 new hoodies, 50 $5 McDonald gift cards donated by Andy White and the ODU Center for Student Involvement, hundreds of hygiene items collected by ODU staff, and nearly $1500 for the Dominican Sisters of Peace’s ministry with homeless and trafficked women.  In addition, 50 packages of hygiene and food items were packaged into bags to be distributed to women living in abandoned homes and on the street.

All of the Dominican Sisters of Peace are proud of the students and teachers at our sponsored schools, but this week, my heart is full of gratitude as Ohio Dominican students and staff helped our high school students begin a life of preaching peace and serving the people of God.

150 bags of food and personal hygiene items were packed at the “Not for Sale” event.
Columbus-area Catholic High School and Ohio Dominican students pack items for to distributed to trafficked women in Columbus, OH.
Students from St. Francis DeSales collected money to buy hoodies.
Posted in News, Wednesday's Word

Feeling Superior

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP, Justice Promoter

I can’t seem to get the picture of the young man from Covington Catholic looking at Native American Nathan Phillips out of my head.  I truly hope that the expression on that young man’s face was “Holy moly, what have I gotten myself into!” but unfortunately, to me it looked like disrespect and smugness.  It seems to be just another occurrence of one person feeling superior over another.

Seeing oneself as superior has been happening since the beginning of time. Did the original farmers look down on the hunter-gatherers?  We know the conquering countries felt superior to those conquered and enslaved.  In our reading from St. Paul on Sunday, he seems to rank the value of the various gifts to the church – apostles, prophets, teachers, etc. Are they superior to others?   It happens in the workplace also – we rank jobs (and the people in them) based on how much money we pay for that work.

Having a more important job or higher ranking is not a bad thing unless that person considers himself/herself superior to everyone else.  When this happens a priest/pastor feels that he/she has a right to take advantage of a child…. a boss feels he/she can demand sexual favors of an employee…. a person is forced into sex or labor slavery…. and a president thinks it’s good to build a wall or enforce a ban on people who speak a different language or practice a different religion. It can even be seen in a teenager’s face.

Let us remember that believing that one is superior is damaging for the person feeling superior and those whom he/she feels superior to. It is often the cause of most of the injustice that takes place in our world today. Take a minute to reflect on your attitude toward others.  Are you guilty of feeling superior?

 

Posted in News, Peace & Justice Blog

Dominican Sister of Peace Clara Bauman

Sister Clara Bauman, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Clara (Irenaeus) Bauman, 88, died at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH, on January 22, 2019.

Sister Clara was born in 1930 in Columbus, OH, the daughter of Victoria Trapp and John Bauman. She entered religious life in 1949 after graduating from the St. Mary of the Springs Academy in Columbus, OH, in 1949.

Sr. Clara earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the College of St. Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University, in Columbus, OH. She earned a Masters of Arts in Elementary Education from Duquesne University and a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from the Incarnate Word University in San Antonio.

Sr. Clara ministered as an elementary school teacher and administrator in Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Ohio, including in the Columbus diocese at St. Francis, Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Peace Columbus, at Holy Trinity, Somerset and at Sacred Heart, Coshocton.

After receiving her Master of Arts in Religious Studies in 1985, Sr. Clara served as Director of Religious Education at St. John the Baptist in McHenry, IL, from 1987 to 2000, and as Pastoral Minister at St. James the Less in Columbus from 2001 to 2012.

Even after her health required her to retire, she remained a pleasant and caring presence among her Sisters at the Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Clara was preceded in death by her parents John C. Bauman and Victoria Trapp Bauman, her sister Dorothy and her brother Irwin. She is survived by her sister, Bernadine Bauman; and nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held on January 29, 2019, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on January 30, 2019, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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

To download a printable version of this memorial, please click here.

Posted in Obituaries

Dominican Sister of Peace Eileen Fallon

Sr. Eileen Fallon, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Eileen Fallon, 82, died at St. John Neumann Nursing Center in Philadelphia on January 16, 2019. She was born in 1936 to Marie Eberle and James Fallon of Philadelphia, PA.

After high school, she worked for seven years at the Curtis Publishing Company, but as she was known to say, the call of the “Hound of Heaven” was strong, and in 1962 she entered the Dominican Sisters. She was a member of the Congregation for more than 57 years.

Sister Eileen attended Villanova-LaSalle in Villanova, PA, where she earned her CCD certificate. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Immaculata College, now Immaculata University, in Immaculata, PA.

Sister Eileen was assigned to the Dominican Retreat House, Prouille Community in Elkins Park, PA, and entered enthusiastically into the Retreat Ministry. Her work at the Retreat House reinvigorated her religious life, and she enjoyed working with the retreat house staff and volunteers.

Eileen served as Coordinator of Retreats for 12 years. She worked with many retreat promoters to attract more than 10,000 women annually to enjoy the serenity and programming of events at Elkins Park. One of her favorite events was the annual Retreat for the Blind, a program that paired sighted women with non-sighted women on a weekend retreat, a project on which she collaborated with her friend, Mary Keul.

Sr. Eileen brought calm and humor to any task, with the ability to juggle multiple details and projects simultaneously. When she became a Sacristan, she accepted the role with enthusiasm and continued this work until declining health forced her to retire. She retired to Philadelphia after her founding congregation merged with the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sister Eileen was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings, She is survived by her Dominican Community and dear friend Mary Keul; also survived by sister-in-law Doris Fallon and nieces and nephews.

Sister Eileen Fallon was remembered at a service on Saturday, January 19, at the Holy Redeemer Sisters’ Provincialate Chapel in Huntingdon Valley, PA. The Funeral Mass followed, and Sr. Eileen was interred at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA.

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

To view a printable copy of this memorial, please click here.

Posted in Obituaries

Inspiring Civic Engagement

Blog by Associate Colette Parker

Did you hear about the 11 artists who are seeking to inspire a dialogue around civil rights and social justice movements in Atlanta?

They’ve painted about 30 murals around the city to tell the story of the struggle for change and justice in Atlanta and beyond. The art exhibit, which will serve as a backdrop for Super Bowl visitors to the city this week, is called “Off The Wall: Atlanta’s Civil Rights & Social Justice Journey.”  It will become part of the city’s permanent public art collection, meaning it will be maintained by the city.

How refreshing! –using the transformative power of art to open up the process of civic engagement. The fact that the art project focuses on the city’s role in the civil rights and human rights movements and invites community members to continue working toward a better world resonates with me.

I am also moved by the fact that before the murals were painted, the artists engaged in conversation with community members to brainstorm about which of the city’s stories (particularly those that had been unheard) should be amplified. Those conversations informed the mural designs and are an example of how to give voice to the voiceless.

Here is a sampling of the messages on the murals:

  • “Excuse Me While I Kiss the Sky,” tells the story of homeless people (including children) who sleep under Atlanta’s canopy of trees.
  • “Atlanta Strong,” is a tribute to women who played a role in the fight for human rights.
  • “Monuments: We Carry the Dreams,” focuses on the stories of Atlanta’s undocumented youth.
  • “Beloved Community,” celebrates a vision of social justice and harmony that Martin Luther King Jr. was committed to.
  • “Community Roots,” depicts that character matters.
  • “Intersectional Heroes,” honors Dázon Dixon Diallo, an Atlanta advocate for sexual and reproductive justice and a leader in the fight against HIV/AIDS; and Joan Garner, a Fulton County Commissioner who spent decades advocating for LGBT rights.
  • “Love and Protection,” includes the words “Me = We” and celebrates the power of friendship and togetherness.
  • “Remembering How Sweet Auburn Is” pays tribute to one of the wealthiest black communities in our nation during the time of its development.

The people in Atlanta who made this art project a reality deserve to be commended for recognizing this unique way of honoring the past, acknowledging the present, and seeking aspirations for the future. They deserve to be lifted up in an effort to spread the message that every city in this country is filled with inspirational untold stories and that every city in this country is filled with people who have made (and will make) a positive contribution.

The public art project raises a question for each of us: What are you doing to make your neighborhood, your city, your state, our country, and our world a better place?

 

Posted in Associate Blog, News