Day of Looking Back and Looking Forward
It was a “bittersweet
occasion” as one of the Sisters reflected. This past
Sunday, February 12, marked the final Mass celebrated in
the Oxford Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace,
formerly the Dominican Sisters of St. Rose of Lima.
Just four miles from our Monastery of St. Benedict, this
community of Sisters and their ministries of teaching,
retreat work and pastoral care have been a major spiritual
presence in southeast Michigan and beyond for over seventy
years. Literally generations of our monks have
shared friendship with our dear neighbors “down the road”
and assisting them as confessors, retreat directors, Mass
presiders and spiritual directors. The closing of
their convent was necessitated by declining membership and
the advanced years of many of the Sisters.
Presiding at the Sunday Eucharist
was Fr. Ronald Kurzawa, an eminent preacher and liturgist
of the Archdiocese and long-time friend of the Sisters.
Speaking to the congregation which filled the Motherhouse
chapel, Fr. Ronald proclaimed that “our God is a God of
beginnings, not endings. . . but often we must make
the endings in order to experience the beginnings.”
The Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sr.
Patricia Twohill, echoed hopes for a fruitful future and
celebrated the friendships that exist and will continue to
exist between the Sisters and all who were gathered there.
With most of our community
present for the Mass, we experienced great gratitude for
our friendship with the Sisters. Several of them are
moving to an older convent in nearby Waterford where they
will minister at the Lourdes Senior Living
Community. And so as we look back at celebrate the
long history of these religious women, we also look
forward to their remaining part of our lives as we all
travel toward the future and many new beginnings!
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