Marcelline Koch is a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois, and directs the Office of Justice for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and is the North American co-promoter for justice for the Dominican family in North America.
The Dominican family in the United States has stood in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Iraq since 1999 when the first group of U.S. Dominicans visited in response to a plea from the Dominican sisters in Iraq.
As I visit with some of the internally displaced people of Iraq, I am reminded of one of the characteristics that St. Dominic made a part of Dominican life – that of itinerancy, traveling from place to place.
Almost a year ago, three U.S. Dominican Sisters journeyed to Iraq to visit the Iraqi Dominican community and the Iraqi people displaced by war and terrorism. Here are some of their thoughts before they set out.