Do you need a weekend that explores the sacred art of finding your way? Why not take some time away as an opportunity to discover more deeply God’s call? Join the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian, Michigan, for a “Come and See” weekend Aug. 3–5. More info The Dominican Sisters of Peace will sponsor a “Come and See Retreat” Aug. 31–Sept. 3 in Akron, Ohio, that offers single women, ages 18–45, an occasion to learn more about the life and ministry of the sisters while sharing, meeting and having fun with other women who are also discerning God’s call in their lives. More info
Monthly Archives: July 2012
When I first applied for this ministry position, I wrote that a sense of hope is essential for working towards long-term change. I laughed when I pulled out my admissions essay this week, because those words were more prophetic than I had realized… While it’s obviously not possible to solve the world’s problems in a year, I did try to contribute my small portion to the global fight for social justice during my volunteer term.
Seventeen girls who will be entering grades 6–9 attended the 2012 Dominican Faith Camp held at Sacred Heart Convent July 1–3. Sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, the camp offers a mix of prayer time, recreational activities and opportunities to meet the sisters and get a glimpse of religious life. The girls who attended this year included first-timers and returning campers. As always, they were joined by Sister Buddies, members of the congregation who provided individual attention and prayed with and for them.
Parents were invited for a tour and picnic on Sunday afternoon and a closing ceremony on Tuesday evening. According to Sister Teresa Marron, OP, camp director and vocation director for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Faith Camp was initiated by the Dominican Alliance Vocation Directors. The girls stated they are looking forward to returning next year for another fun-filled camp.
NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, and its executive director, Sister Simone Campbell, have made national headlines lately with their Nuns on the Bus campaign, a nine-state tour which concluded in Washington, DC, July 2. The Nuns on the Bus visited Catholic social service agencies and offices of members of Congress, promoting awareness of Catholic sisters’ ministries to the economically poor, and advocating for a “moral” federal budget.
Above: The Dominican Sisters of Peace joined a Columbus, Ohio rally in support of the effort. Read more
“Nuns on the Bus rally in Columbus” (story by WOSU-FM Columbus NPR News)
The Nuns on the Bus also visited ministries and motherhouses of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Adrian and Sinsinawa
“Nuns on the Bus” Hold Education Session at Marywood
“Nuns on the Bus,” a nine-state tour organized by the global justice lobbying group NETWORK, rolled into Grand Rapids and Marywood June 22. The June 18–July 2 tour is aimed at “highlighting the work sisters do to meet the needs of people at the economic margins and revealing how federal budget cuts proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and passed by the House of Representatives will hurt struggling families in these states,” according to a NETWORK press release.
Sisters traveling on the bus are visiting social service agencies and congressional offices to voice their opposition to the proposed cuts in education, health care and other services. They first met supporters at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, where Sister Barbara Hansen served as spokesperson on behalf of the Dominican Sisters~Grand Rapids. “We are concerned about the Ryan budget because of the way it targets the already underserved and vulnerable citizens of our communities,” Sister Barbara said. “Our national budget is a moral document and must reflect a conscientious care for the common good.”
Three “Bus” representatives stopped at the downtown office of U.S. Representative Justin Amash to relay their concerns to one of his staff members before the bus headed to the Marywood campus. “About 160 people attended an evening education session to learn about NETWORK, the Ryan budget and how it affects the poor,” said Sister Joyce Ann Hertzig. “Sisters talked about how Catholic social teaching is all about speaking for a right relationship in all things. It makes a difference to have legislators know what we support.”
From the June 2012 issue of JustWord, published by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids