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About opreach

I am Sister Pat Farrell, OP, a Dominican Sister of San Rafael. We are known as the Order of Preachers, and the Dominican charism of Preaching is very real in my life. The words of St. Paul resonate within me: “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9:16) The quote on the header of OPreach is from the Dominican Saint Catherine of Siena. "Preach as if you had a million voices. It is silence that kills the world." I live at St. Luke Convent - a House of Hospitality - in River Forest, Illinois with another sister. I enjoy walking, hiking, and photography. The Chicago area has some great places for all of that!

Climate Finance as an Investment Option

After the COP21 Climate Negotiations in Paris, we would like to discuss the role of Dominican Sisters in responding to climate change, particularly how we begin to implement the recent DSC commitment to explore and advance climate finance within our … Continue reading

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Beyond COP21

The summit is behind us, but the work of the summit is before us. Our name has changed to Paris 2015 and Beyond . . . As soon as we have the link, we will post the link to the … Continue reading

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Earth Rights = Human Rights

According to the recent article by Elise Garcia, OP,  to Global Sisters’ Report at National Catholic Reporter (NCR)  A groundbreaking study examining 100 incidents of co-violations of human rights and rights of nature was released Dec. 3 at a COP21 … Continue reading

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The Path to Paris

As our sisters, Pat Daly, Elise Garcia, Margaret Mayce, and Pat Siemen, prepare to travel to Paris for the Climate Summit, we hold them in our hearts and prayers. They are leaving after Thanksgiving, so we pray not only for … Continue reading

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We Are All One!

We Are All One, and we share the sadness of our sisters and brothers in Paris. As we listen and watch with sadness the events in Paris, we remember and pray for those who have died, for their families … Continue reading

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Prayer for October

Reading 1 You shall make for yourselves no idols and erect no carved images or pillars, and you shall not place figured stones in your land, to worship at them; for I am the Lord your God. You shall keep my … Continue reading

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Five Reasons the Climate Summit in Paris Is Important

There are many reasons the Climate Summit in Paris is important. Here are five: The laws of physics wait for no one. GHG emissions continue to escalate and Earth is in a fever. We need a binding global agreement that will … Continue reading

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