As Dominicans of Sinsinawa, we say, “At the heart of ministry is relationship.” When I heard this the first time as a lay woman considering forming a relationship with this incredible group of women, I was most certainly drawn to them. In fact, this was one of the components that tipped the scale for me.
Ten years later as a vowed member, this past week has confirmed my journey of being in a lasting relationship with the Dominicans of Sinsinawa. You see, I’ve just said “good-bye” to my 4 biological sisters after spending the last several days with them. For the past 5 years we’ve been gathering without husbands and children to spend time with each other because “we don’t know how long we’ll have each other.” This year I was the hostess.
My sisters were warmly welcomed and extended gracious hospitality by the sisters living at the Mound (our headquarters.) We adopted a table in the dining room in between our tourist expeditions. One by one, sisters stopped by our table, welcomed my sisters, inquired about them, and extended wishes for a wonderful visit. We were enveloped in a sea of relationships. I feel blessed indeed to be among these women who value relationship at the heart of ministry, at the center of life.
Do you also value relationship? Have you considered forming a relationship with us?
Anne Sur, OP
Cuba City, Wisconsin