“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me… I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers/sisters, you did it to me.” ~ Matthew 25:31-36
Fifty years ago this June, I traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan, from my home in Penasco, New Mexico, to more fully live Jesus’ command to Love our Neighbor. As a Dominican, I believe this is what our lives have been about, to love our neighbor and to help carry the cross of each person we meet.
My life as a Dominican has been grace-filled, not always easy, but filled with love, compassion, and faith. I have loved each official ministry I have had; but, more than that, I have loved the people I have encountered during these 50 years.
May the next 50 years be as grace-filled for our beloved Dominican Congregation.
I believe that God reveals the face of the beautiful ordinary: love, laughter, crying, and rejoicing. All the essentials of human life are found in the extraordinary ordinary.
As a long-time teacher and principal at Our Lady of Fatima, Holy Ghost, and Navajo Elementary Schools in New Mexico and in the Albuquerque Public School System, Sister Ada serves through education, seeking answers and opportunities for students, teachers, and parents in this district where many live with the challenges of economic deprivation. She often finds herself contemplating the great divides between wealth and position — and poverty and position. Where does prosperity live where there is injustice?
“I have experienced much joy in seeing children and young adults experience true freedom because of their educational accomplishments. In this way, I can contribute to the betterment of the world.”
In 1997, her 25-year Jubilee as a vowed Catholic Sister, she wrote: “I remain faithful to a great expectation that God’s fullness of life will fill the Earth.”
We come into this world naked and naked we will return to God.
Behold the rainbow and bless its maker.
2022 – 50 Years a Sister
Pray for parents and children seeking legal status in the USA
As a long-time teacher and principal, Sister Ada serves through education, seeking answers and opportunities for students, teachers, and parents.
“I pray for parents and children seeking legal status in the USA,” Ada Dominguez, OP, a recently retired principal in Albuquerque, said. “I spent 21 years in the public school here and often witnessed the struggle firsthand as my students and their parents sought to unite their families here. I was drawn to welcome every immigrant, accept them, help them to get educated and have their physical needs met.”
Sr Ada Dominguez with some of her students in New Mexico.