Dominican Vision January 2017 Index
On the Cover (see above)
Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the Earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will appear over you (Isaiah 60:1–2). Photo at Sinsinawa Mound by Sr. Julie Schwab.
“It took a long time for me to understand . . .”
At the age of 42, my father was diagnosed with stage four cancer. I was 6 years old and loved Daddy very much. During his illness, each evening at our family rosary time my mother would add prayers asking God to restore Daddy to good health. However, after each prayer for Daddy, my mother would add, “If it is God’s holy will that Daddy get better.” Read more . . .
Waiting for 'La Befana'
When we experience an “epiphany,” we know a moment of sudden revelation or insight. Our eyes are opened. Epiphany also marks the event 12 days after the birth of Christ when he was manifested to the Gentiles in the persons of the Magi. Read more . . .
Spiritual vs. Vocational Crisis
“God made it clear.”
In 1977, I was considering leaving the Congregation. Tired of the cocktail party sort of existence—”hello, how are you, and who cares”—I was asked to find a spiritual director. Recognizing that I was in a spiritual crisis rather than a vocational one, I began bridging the gap between action and contemplation. Read more . . .
What it means to be dependent on community
The day I learned I have Parkinson’s disease, I thought, “Not me!” But indeed, that is what the doctor had said. And from that day on I have learned what it means to be dependent on a community—possibly for the first time. Read more . . .
Shake a Leg!
“I was just a little distracted that day.”
Shake a leg! That’s a command to hurry up or get a move on. I was in no special hurry, just a little distracted, the day I tripped over a tiny threshold at Sinsinawa Mound—and then it happened. I broke a leg! Read more . . .
Closing a School
“I set out to comfort, encourage, and promise hope.”
“We can no longer afford it,” the pastor told me late September of my second year as principal of an inner-city school. This was Chicago in the 1980s, and our Sisters had been here for over 100 years. He then told me not to say anything until after the Parish Council meeting at the end of October. Read more . . .
Respect for Different Cultures
Humor, acceptance, respect
Growing up in suburban Chicago, my education was only with white children. In high school, there were two black Americans in the school. After I entered the Sinsinawa Dominicans, my first assignments were to missions where the students were all white. Read more . . .
“Living abroad shaped my life and my perspectives profoundly.”
Early in my religious life, I was assigned to study at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. My 11 years of living abroad have shaped my life and my perspectives profoundly. I lived in Fribourg during the exciting years of Vatican Council II in a wonderful, supportive community of six Dominican women. Read more . . .
Moments of Lifelong Influence
Experiences changed preconceived, biased notions
Looking for a ministry with which I could use my newly learned Spanish, I was interviewing in Apache Junction, AZ, when a parishioner asked the pastor for help with migrants coming to the orchards near her home in Chandler Heights and looking for work. They had walked for 10 days or longer from Mexico, Venezuela, and Honduras and were arriving in T-shirts in January. Others were living in the orange groves, which they called “Hotel Orange of the Four Winds.” Read more . . .
The Active Life
“God calls me first to be rather than do.”
Life-changing moments can be dramatic or not, yet either can make a profound difference in our lives. For instance, one morning—sometime in the 1970s—I was riding on an Oklahoma interstate in an “unsafe at any speed” Chevrolet Corvair. One of the tires blew out; and after the car swerved to the right and to the left, missed the concrete support of an overpass, then spun across the oncoming lanes—perhaps 30 seconds following the blowout—the car crashed back-first into the mud on the other side of the divided highway, and I flew out the back window. That was dramatic. Read more . . .
The Seed that Led Me
“Every ‘good’ family should have a religious vocation.”
I received my religious vocation through the influence of the Sinsinawa Dominicans who ministered in Faribault, MN, my hometown. It all started at St. Lawrence School when my 8th-grade teacher, Sister Eusebia Madden, OP (1892–1975), mentioned that every “good” family should have a religious vocation. That statement was the seed that led me to where I am now. Read more . . .
Fragility of Human Life
“My response deepened.”
When I was in my late 30s, I was diagnosed with cancer and had surgeries connected with it along with 30 radiation treatments. The sudden surgeries and radiation sequence with their weakening effects gave me a whole new focus on the fragility of human life as well as on what loving care can do for the human spirit. Read more . . .
Returning to Sinsinawa Mound
“And is that the way you are going to treat Father Samuel’s Sisters?”
In 1867, the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters learned that the property known as Sinsinawa Mound had been sold as a cropland investment to William and James Ryan, brothers from Galena, IL. The Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation had been established at Sinsinawa Mound in 1847 and moved to Benton, WI, in 1852. Read more . . .