In 1995, we committed our lives to the transforming power of Hope.

At the time, we didn’t know what the future would hold. But we knew that we wanted to bring Hope to the world, to live it everyday, and to recognize and name it among us.

“When we birthed Hope, we stepped off without an idea of what was going to happen,” says Sister Catherine Walsh, who became Hope’s first prioress. “We knew that we were going forward to bring hope and to be hope. However that played out would be alright with us.”

Today, we’re still committed to this core mission. In celebration of the “birthday” of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, we’re featuring wisdom from our sisters on where and how they find Hope in their midst. We know that our world needs Hope, maybe more than ever. Here’s to living it, being it, recognizing it, and inspiring it.

Where Do We Find Hope?

Hope through Transformation of Life

Once I began “letting go” and concentrating on what are the blessings, Hope began to stare me in the face.

Living into Hope: A New Dawn

Taking a hopeful stance in this world can be counter-cultural. But Hope doesn’t mean we don’t deal in reality. It just means that we trust in God’s love for us and for the world.

Hope’s Disguises

It strikes me now that perhaps Hope itself is the big memory. Far more than mere optimism, Hope is a theological virtue infused in us at Baptism. This gift of Hope not only implants in us a desire for union with our God as our ultimate happiness, but also assures us that we need only place our trust in Christ’s promises. 

The Irony of Hope

It strikes me now that perhaps Hope itself is the big memory. Far more than mere optimism, Hope is a theological virtue infused in us at Baptism. This gift of Hope not only implants in us a desire for union with our God as our ultimate happiness, but also assures us that we need only place our trust in Christ’s promises. 

Hope (a Laundry of the Soul)

No focus on the plans of a newly elected president can obviate the complicated reality of who we are:  who we have become, and who we now know ourselves to be.

Hope in Darkness

No focus on the plans of a newly elected president can obviate the complicated reality of who we are:  who we have become, and who we now know ourselves to be.

Incarnation: 2020

How do we celebrate the birth of Jesus, the Incarnation in 2020? 

Hope in the Breach – All that Could and Should Be

I now recognize that my friend’s insight, as well as my defensive reaction, opened up a greater consciousness of how slippery a slope it is to get stuck in self and then to be seduced by a flawed sense of righteousness.

Being Hope: an Unfinished Symphony

Remember who you are. Perhaps it was for this very moment that you were created. Remember too that we are not alone on this journey. We are accompanied by the God of Promise.

Hope is Relationship

To be Human, Christian, Dominican is to be in relationship! How do I (we) respond??

 

 

“My hope lies in the belief that the younger generation will do it better.”

-Sister Mary Alice Hannan

Hope is Thriving

Although our sisters are getting older, we’ve founded, sat on the boards of, and worked with various organizations that continue to propel Hope throughout the world. In honor of our birthday, here are sixteen ministries that prove Hope is not just alive but thriving.

Hope is: Rebuilding Homes and Lives

For the past ten years, Sister Sharon has gone to New Orleans to participate in a week-long build project called Nuns Build. Putting her skills to such a worthy use has been life-giving for her.

Hope is: Facilitating Faith and Justice among Adults

“This is an opportunity to nourish and enrich lay Catholics who are working for justice and peace.”

Hope is: Growing Seeds of Justice

Harmony Farm is a place for not just food, but also for justice and spirituality.

16 Ways Hope is Thriving in Our World Today

Today, hope is educating, reversing cycles of poverty, fighting against racism, rebuilding homes, helping to inform adults of faith, making a space in the church for the deaf, and empowering women. And that’s just a start. Although

Hope is: Giving Women a Space to Thrive

When you approach the Center, you’re met with laughs and chatter. Women studying English guide each other and laugh together when they make mistakes. The wraparound porch is checkered with women sharing stories, commiserating, and, most important, building community.

Hope is: Encouraging Play, and Study

It turns out that, when you commit to helping mothers and children for the long-run, certain issues come up, like kids being home alone all day during the summer or struggling with homework during the school year.

Hope is: Acknowledging the Gifts of Each Woman

“I think women don’t acknowledge their own giftedness. You have to affirm your own gift in yourself, but we hesitate to do that sometimes.”

Hope is: Stepping into the History of Saint Dominic

Each year, a group of sisters and lay people make the pilgrimage to learn about the life and ways of Saint Dominic. On the journey, the “pilgrims” are called to consider how they can live in a way that spreads Dominic’s spirit today.

Hope is: Helping Students Travel through Technology

As Deb Egan puts it, science and technology have always been a part of the Dominican tradition, as they pertain to the search for truth. So it is in the classrooms Saint John the Apostle School where Deb is principal.

Hope is: Learning to Grow in Faith

Being Catholic is not just a thing that you do on Sunday or in church. It’s something that becomes how you live your life no matter where you are.”

Wondering why we’re called “Hope?” Here’s the history of our founding and of the Dominican Order.

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