Praedicare is a blog about the many ways Dominicans preach with their lives, written by Adrian Dominican Sister Mary Jones, OP, who serves as the Congregation’s Promoter of Preaching. Please click the “Subscribe” button on the right column if you would like to receive it by email.
Sister Heather Stiverson came to the Dominican Literacy Center in Detroit as a volunteer and soon became an English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor with students from Bangladesh and Yemen. The men had lost their jobs because of changes in the company and needed to aim toward new employment. Because their facility with the English language was limited, Sister Heather formed a class that meets regularly for reading comprehension, grammar, and conversation.
Sister Heather also serves as student success assistant. She enjoys contact with new students and tutors as she strives to match them with desired times and learning goals. Often a student works, attends to family members or has difficulty with transportation. “The bus,” she says, “may take an hour, and in the winter when it’s dark, this can be a problem.” Many tutors are available in the evenings, but students may not want to come at that time. “Matching student times and needs for reading, math, or both with tutor schedules can take several phone calls and some negotiation,” says Sister Heather.
God works in surprising ways! As her ministry unfolded Sister Heather trusted the skills she learned through experience in education and business. This challenge has taken her beyond her comfort zone into a ministry that serves others and is a source of unexpected delight.
Article and photos by Sue Schreiber, OP
At times we believe we're not equipped for being an evangelist or preacher or even of sharing the gospel at home, yet strolling the walk is as essential as talking the discussion. Furthermore, I have found that God will empower us to carry out the occupation He drives us to do. I truly value your announcement about instructing the gospel in our homes. That is something, I think, we have a tendency to overlook. Great article.
I would sometimes worry about missing out on God's plan for my life. I would ask myself, "How am I supposed to know which college to go to, which subjects to take, which career path to follow?" I was considering going into the ministry, but I often wondered which kind of ministry I should pursue.
Mary Jones, OP
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