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Elaine DeRosiers, OP, Receives Fra Angelico Award

desrosiers-awardGreat Bend, KS – At it’s annual meeting, the Dominican Institute of the Arts (DIA) named Dominican Sister of Peace Elaine DeRosiers, OP, its 2015 Fra Angelico Award recipient. The honor is presented every year to a DIA artist who exemplifies Fra Angelico’s dedication to furthering the Holy Preaching through the arts. Continue reading →

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May The God of Summer Be With You

Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA
Blog by Associate Conni Dubick, OPA

“May the God of Summer be with you, enveloping you with the warmth of love, filling your heart with the brilliance of light, refreshing you and cooling you in the living water of God’s grace. May the blessing of Summer be with you.”
– Sr. Maxine Shonk, Blessing Upon Blessing

The invitation mailed to the Northeast Ohio Dominican Associates of Peace invited them to Summer Spirituality Gatherings. It said that in the summer, we gather to listen to the voice of God in our ceremonies, to share with others our vision of the Dominican charism in our lives and to take the time to “fill our hearts with the brilliance of light and the living water of God’s grace.” The discernment retreat, a prayer service for St. Mary of Magdala and the Associates Commitment Ceremony for new Candidates and renewing Associates were the three summer gatherings. The final summer event, the Commitment Ceremony is the ritual for all Associates to be present, reaffirm that God has called us and touches our lives, and in response we try to praise, to bless and to preach with our lives. Continue reading →

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Sr. Tomasa Sigala, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Tomasa Sigala, OP, died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH, on July 25 , 2015.

Born December 10, 1931, in Rocky Ford, CO, Sr. Tomasa was the daughter of Ramon and Ysidra Gonzales Sigala. She entered the Dominican Sisters’ Community in Great Bend on August 30, 1956, and pronounced her first vows June 13, 1959. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2009. Continue reading →

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Gossip lives a long time after we say it

Wednesday's Word by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP
Wednesday’s Word by Sr. Anne Lythgoe, OP

On July 22, the Church celebrates the feast day of St. Mary Magdalen, a close personal companion and follower of Jesus, and one of the women present at the crucifixion. She is the only person of whom it is reported in all four Gospels, as having been a witness to the resurrection of Jesus. On that Easter morning, Jesus told Mary to go and tell the apostles that he had risen and thus, she is considered the Apostle to the Apostles. “Mary Magdalene found the disciples and told them, ‘I have seen the Lord!’ Then she gave them his message” (John 20:18). Among Dominicans, she is treasured as the first to preach the Good News of the Risen Jesus. Continue reading →

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The World’s Longest Receipt

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

MOMS Demand Action for Gunsense in America is on a mission and people are listening. Founded after the Sandy Hook school shooting in 2012 by Shannon Watts, this organization of determined women has not slowed in its campaign for common sense, responsible gun legislation. They have taken on corporations around the country asking them to enact policies that prohibit the carrying of rifles and other guns openly. Target, Panera Bread, Sonic, Chipotle and Starbucks are just a few of those who have responded positively to MOMS’ request. On September 18, 2013, Starbucks’ CEO announced that guns were no longer welcome in Starbucks stores, reversing the company’s previous policy of allowing open and concealed carry. The CEO stated: “Guns should not be part of the Starbucks experience.” Continue reading →

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