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Monday, February 20, 2017

Grow Community


In a previous blog posting, I mentioned a Study Circle that was formed to embrace and walk with one of our newest members in the Congregation.  The next topic of study is Community – one of the four pillars of our life.  The others are prayer, study, and ministry. 

During the preparation for this week’s gathering, I contemplated both the materials provided for our study and my own experiences of having lived in communities.  Many nuggets of wisdom regarding community were quoted in the study materials, but the one that most resonated with me was an article from our Constitution which says:

When values and goals are held in common, gifts nurtured, mistakes forgiven, and when persons are consistently and warmly loved, we grow together toward the ideal set forth by Fr. Samuel [our founder].”

Reflecting upon that statement, I realized that this is truly my experience of life-giving communities; and like you, I have had many engagements with community both in the Congregation and before I became a member of this Congregation.  I also remember a conversation with my mother when she spoke of marriage and what made a marriage work – basically the same principles noted above. 

What has been your experience of community?
Are you drawn to live community life with us?

Anne Sur OP
East Dubuque, IL

Thursday, February 16, 2017

On the other side of Rome

Last month I wrote on the topic: Anticipation, because I was heading to Rome for a global gathering of members of the Order of Preachers.  I promised to share some of that experience here.

I had to let that my first trip to Rome was not going to be as a tourist.  A bit of extra time before the conference started and aspects of the schedule did allow for some sites/sights to be seen.

With my travel companion, we had just enough time to see St Peter’s Basilica and even able to get into the crypt church below the altar.  By sheer chance we ran into two other Dominicans and spent the rest of the evening with them. 

Most evenings of the Mission Congress concluded at various worship sites including the main church for the Order, Santa Sabina, the Great Synagogue of Rome and more.

What does stand out for me is the new and renewed connections with Dominicans from around the globe.  On this side of the Rome experience, I carry the conversations and learnings I had with so many of my sisters and brothers in St. Dominic.

When you have had significant experiences what stays with you?  What will you carry into your one wild unfolding life?

Roberta Popara, O.P.
North Palm Beach FL

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