Dominican Sisters of Sparkill continue to mark the observance of the Dominican Month of Peace, which focuses this year on Venezuela
Many of us remember the dictatorship of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and now the political and social turmoil between President Maduro and opposition leaders. Our Dominican Family continues to serve in regions of the country in the midst of turmoil.
As you may remember, The Dominican Month for Peace is an annual event of the Dominican Family initiated by the Master of the Order after the 2016 Jubilee celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Order of Preachers. In the spirit of St. Dominic, it aims to show solidarity with Dominicans, promoting peace in a world torn by many forms of violence and war.
In 2017, we showed our solidarity with Dominicans, promoting Colombia's national peace accord.
In 2018, we supported our brothers and sisters struggling for democracy and peace through credible elections in The Democratic Republic of Congo.
In 2019, we focused on India and the plight of indigenous peoples, women's rights, and enslaved children.
In 2020, we recognized the work of Dominicans in Ukraine as they continue to defend their sovereignty despite Russia's annexation of Crimea and an ongoing war with the Russian-backed militia (or troops) in the East.
Now we turn to Venezuela. As noted by the video below, poverty affects 96% of Venezuelan households and there are more than nine million Venezuelans suffering from food insecurity.
Let us pray for lasting peace in Venezuela!
Join us throughout the month for peace to learn about the ministry of the Dominican Family and the struggles of the Venezuelan people who seek solidarity with us. Each week during Advent, we provide resources to highlight the Month of Peace for Venezuela. Please share our Advent weekly resources widely. All are welcome to participate as we join with the Dominican Family worldwide to join in this annual tradition.