Colette Parker, a well-known former Akron area newspaper reporter who focused on religion, was chosen as the new director of associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Parker was commissioned to her new role in a special ceremony during a Mass on Jan. 5 at the congregation’s motherhouse in Akron.
For the past two years, Parker served as a co-director of associates with Sister Amy McFrederick, O.P. Sister Amy just completed her extended term as co-director.
Surrounded by her family, friends, many of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and members of the Our Lady of the Elms community, Parker beamed with joy during the commissioning ceremony which was conducted by Sister Amy. Those attending prayed that the Holy Spirt would inspire Parker as she enters this new phase of her ministry.
As the director of associates, Parker will oversee the congregation’s associates program. Dominican Associates are companions to the Dominican Sisters of Peace in their prayer life, study and ministries. Associates are Christian women and men who are called to live the Dominican way of life – which sometimes is expressed with the phrase “to praise, to bless, to preach.”
Associates are active in their community, churches and with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. They try to meet regularly with other associates and sisters in their area for group activities and for study and prayer. Associates are also invited to attend retreats, the sisters’ annual meeting which is called Chapter, and other events planned by ministries, sisters or associates. During the Chapter meeting, the Dominican Sisters of Peace – in conjunction with the associates – commit themselves to a specific direction and focus on current chapter commitments. Worldwide there are about 700 Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
For more information about becoming a Dominican Associate, contact Parker at email@example.com or call 330-835-5688.