Building Bridges of Peace

by Melannie Svoboda SND on February 20, 2017

The date was December 9, 1967. The occasion was the Veterans Day remembrance ceremony in Missoula, Montana. Attending the ceremony was Dan Gallagher, a demolitions specialist, who had just returned from a 13-month tour in Vietnam. But at the front gate of Fort McChord, where the ceremony was to take place, a group of anti-war […]

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For Advent, I Wish You Peace!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on December 1, 2013

It’s Advent, that time of the year when we are invited by the Church to slow down and ponder the great mystery of God’s presence in our midst. But let’s face it. This time of year most of us are not slowing down. We’re speeding up! We are not pondering. We’re calculating— calculating how in […]

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Three Wishes for Easter: Peace, Joy, and Surprise!

by Melannie Svoboda SND on March 30, 2013

This Easter I wish all of you (and myself!) these three Easter gifts: peace, joy, and surprise. I wish not only that we might receive these gifts personally, but also that we might bestow these gifts on others.

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A Few Spoonfuls of Soil from South Korea

by Melannie Svoboda SND on January 28, 2013

In 2004 I attended an international meeting of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Inchon, South Korea. I spent a month there with about 40 Notre Dame Sisters from all over the world. It was a wonderul experience.

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