Thursday, August 25, 2011

Dominicans Are Itinerant

Dominicans are itinerant.  When I heard this the first time as a lay woman considering forming a relationship with the Dominicans of Sinsinawa, I was a little disconcerted.   By nature I am a little shy, and I had had a job at one time as an internal auditor which required travel every week.  I really liked the stability of my life in Bloomington IL.  However, the draw to the Dominicans of Sinsinawa was too great to let my fear stand in the way.

During the past 8 years since I tossed my hat in the ring with the Dominican women, I have lived in communities in San Antonio TX, Spokane WA, St. Louis MO, Dubuque IA, and Cuba City WI.  In each experience I have seen a different face of God, and my life has been truly enriched.

On August 12 I moved again.  My hat now hangs again in the state of Illinois.  Embarking on new ministries, another Dominican sister and I formed a new community.  We are settling into getting our everyday lives established in a new residence and dealing with all the challenges that come with that.  Once again each of us will experience a new face of God as we journey together for a time toward the kindom.

Where are you on your journey?  Do you find itinerancy exciting or disconcerting?

Anne Sur, OP
East Dubuque, Illinois


  1. My journey is stalled.... by uncertainty, by obligations, and by fear.

    Itinerancy is both exciting and disconcerting.

    Having lived in the same town (at the same address) my whole life, the opportunity to begin anew is both life-giving and somewhat frightening.

    My career has been with a single employer, though I've held three different positions over the years. In some respects, I feel this is similar to what you may experience - - changing roles & interacting with different people yet working with the overall mission in mind.

    Like you, I tend to be somewhat shy. It's difficult for me when close friends/colleagues move on. I enjoy meeting & working with new people, yet find it challenging to reach a comfort level with them.

    This is one of the many reasons my journey has taken a detour to "real-time" limbo.

  2. When I read this comment, it occurred to me that an emptying was taking place. I find this a difficult place to live into until I remember that I need to have an empty space for God to fill. This gives me hope. When I look for and am aware of how God is filling the space, then I experience joy.

    Peace and blessings,


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