Order of Preachers

  • Even Now, Ash Wednesday Homily by Sister Megan McElroy, OP

    Even Now, Ash Wednesday Homily by Sister Megan McElroy, OP

    February 17, 2021

    We offer this warm, compassionate invitation to listen on this first day of the Lenten Season. God says to us, as God said to the people of Israel, “Even now, return to me with all your heart.” But, what about this summons, this invitation, causes the human heart to refuse, to hesitate to respond? Listen […]

  • Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Endorse Interfaith Statement Against Nuclear Weapons

    Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids Endorse Interfaith Statement Against Nuclear Weapons

    January 22, 2021

    “The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, in 2007, passed a Corporate Stance for the abolition of nuclear weapons. At the time when the United Nations was considering the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, letters were sent to Ambassador Haley, President Trump, and Representative Rand Paul urging them to endorse the treaty. On July […]

  • We Celebrate Peace… and Commit to the Work Yet to Come

    We Celebrate Peace… and Commit to the Work Yet to Come

    January 22, 2021

    How inspired and inspiring were the messages of unity coming from the steps of the United States Capitol in Washington D.C. this week! Did you know that the 59th Inaugural National Prayer Service on Thursday featured two vowed women religious? Sr. Carol Keehan helped get the Affordable Care Act passed under the Obama Administration; and […]

  • Banning Nuclear Weapons, A Historic Moment in Our Lives

    Banning Nuclear Weapons, A Historic Moment in Our Lives

    January 19, 2021

    Friday, January 22, 2021, the International Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) enters into force and becomes International Law. This day will be “the beginning of the end of nuclear weapons” according to ICAN, The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. ICAN is a coalition of over 600 partner non-governmental organizations in 100 […]

  • Pax Christi West Michigan Supports Spirit of Nonviolence

    Pax Christi West Michigan Supports Spirit of Nonviolence

    January 18, 2021

    A Reflection from Pax Christi West Michigan As I prepared for my Sabbath time, it came to my mind that one year ago, Jan. 19, 2020, our first Pax Christi West Michigan (PCWM) meeting of the year, to be held at Dominican Center, was cancelled because of a snow storm. Our speaker that day was […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Advent is my favorite season

    Sister Inspiration: Advent is my favorite season

    November 20, 2020

    Advent is my favorite season – it is a time of prayerful waiting and expectation. Advent helps me take the time to sit and reflect. This gives me a sense of hope, even when times are filled with conflicts. Michigan winters with snow gracing the landscape is breathtaking, crisp and refreshing! My favorite Advent scripture […]

  • Sister Inspiration: Diane Zerfas, OP

    Sister Inspiration: Diane Zerfas, OP

    February 14, 2020

    About the Holy Preaching We cannot say that the phrase originated with Diane Zerfas, OP. That attribution goes to Saint Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Dominic, the Order of Preachers in 1215. But by all rights, Sister Diane’s ministry is the living embodiment of this intention. “From the beginning of the Order, […]

  • Dominican Justice Promoters Condemn U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement at COP 25

    Dominican Justice Promoters Condemn U.S. Withdrawal from Paris Climate Agreement at COP 25

    December 4, 2019

    The following letter was sent by the North American Dominican Promoters of Justice, Peace and Care of Creation (NADJPCC) on Nov. 29, 2019 to the Dominican Delegates at the UN Climate Change Conference, COP 25 in Madrid. To the Dominican Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 25: We, the North American Dominican […]

  • Can We Talk?

    Can We Talk?

    November 27, 2019

    I attended a conference last October where the speakers discussed the way we talk to one another. They used phrases like “language creates reality,” “brutalization of language,” and “crisis of conversation.” We often equate an opinion with the person and somehow question the person’s right to even exist. This is contrary to Catholic Social Teaching […]

  • Proverbs Receives First Place, Scripture and Book of the Year Award

    Proverbs Receives First Place, Scripture and Book of the Year Award

    June 28, 2019

    The volume on Proverbs in the Wisdom Commentary Series, edited by Barbara Reid, OP, won not only the best book in Scripture, but also the best book of the year from the Association of Catholic Publishers. The “Book of the Year” is chosen from among the first-place finishers of 16 categories. Liturgical Press is the […]