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Sister Marcelline Koch, OP

How St. Catherine of Siena Healed the World

Catherine Benincasa was born in mid-14th century Tuscany, a plague-ridden, economically and politically unstable time—much like our own. She and her twin sister were the 23rd and 24th children in a prosperous family of 25 children of Lapa and Jacopo di Benincasa, wool dealers. By the time Catherine died at the age of 33 in …

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“A Girl Can Be Sold Over and Over…” the Haunting Truth about Human Trafficking

It was in September 2003 when our Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee first shared a resource unit on human trafficking with our sisters. In the years since then, I’ve heard and read many stories of exploitation and violence related to the sale and trading of human beings that seem unbelievable in their total …

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Dominican Month for Peace: Peace Building Efforts

Week 1 focused on introducing the Dominican history in Ukraine. Week 2 focused on Dominican efforts to help young persons to heal and learn peace building skills, skills that will positively impact Ukraine’s future. Week 3 focused on specific efforts to facilitate peace building efforts through leadership training and promoting reconciliation in local communities and …

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Dominican Month for Peace: The Dominican Family in Ukraine

After being suppressed during the Communist era, the Order was refounded in Ukraine in the early 1990s. 25 friars in seven communities 18 sisters from four congregations in five communities 82 laity in seven cities 6 groups of Youth in the places of ministry of the friars  FACILITATING LEADERS OF RECONCILIATION Along with the work …

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Dominican Month for Peace: War, Repression and Displacement in Ukraine

In the aftermath of the April 2014 Ukrainian revolution, the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation, and protests by Russian-backed separatist groups, fighting in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of East Ukraine (collectively called the “Donbass”) has been ongoing. Hundreds of citifies and settlements have been captured by Russian-led troops. According to the office …

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Dominican Month for Peace: Ukraine

After three years of demonstrating global Dominican solidarity with our brothers and sisters who are working to bring hope in situations of violence and war, the Dominican Month for Peace has now become a regular part of the annual program of our Dominican Family. We started with a Latin American focus on Colombia in 2017. …

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Lament and Mourn: An Invitation to Grieve

Join us in Prayer Monday, June 1 Prayers for A Day of Lament Download and print or use on your device. Download Here Sister Marcelline Koch, OP Faith leaders from across many traditions have called for a National Day of Mourning and Lament to grieve and honor those who have died from COVID-19 and to …

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Gender Equality Issues
Among Indian Women

Human Rights for Women in India This essay was written for the Global Dominican Month for Peace by Vicki Schmidt, an associate of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and executive director of Theresians International. The photographs are also hers. Meeting India’s Women My first visit to India in 1981 was a three-month intensive experience among …

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India’s Women:
“A continuum of violence”

Human Rights for Women in India Continuing the experience of girl children (week 2), women, who comprise nearly half the population of India, suffer social and economic discrimination and lack of social liberty with a dominant life experience of oppression, restrictions, violence and exploitation. While they play a vital role in managing the family and …

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Project Bloom:
Dominicans in Action

Under the Indian Center for Integrated Development, there are a number of programs helping youth.  http://icid.org.in/. Project Bloom, is a prime example of this. It is  an initiative of the Dominican friars in collaboration with Dominican Sisters of the Presentation and Dominican Laity in the Yuvajyothi Children’s Home of the Indian Centre for Integrated Development …

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