At this moment, I am joyfully anticipating a week we have called “Sister Week.”  Once a year, my 4 biological sisters and I gather together to celebrate our sisterhood with each other.  After our first gathering, we said to each other, “We have to do this every year.  We don’t know how long we’ll have each other on this earth.” 

Though each year’s hostess usually looks for a “fun” event or two in her geographical area, mostly we just enjoy each others’ company - playing games, sharing stories, teasing one another, offering support to each other through life’s challenges, and laughing a lot.  We have come to respect and honor our unique personalities.  Who would ever think that 5 babies coming from the same parents and same culture could be so different from one another?  Fortunately, we have all worked through the sibling rivalry and jealousies from our childhood.

My relationship with my biological sisters has prepared me well for being sister with my 500+ Dominican sisters.  As Dominicans of Sinsinawa, we say, “Relationship is at the heart of ministry.”  This relationship of sisterhood is indeed a blessing.     

To whom are you sister?
Are you called to try out sisterhood with us?

Anne Sur, OP
East Dubuque, Illinois


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