Marcelline Koch is a Dominican Sister and directs the Office of Justice for the Dominican Sisters of Springfield and the North American Co-Promoter for Justice for the Dominican Family in North America.
Numbers can be numbing. There are an estimated 16.7 million refugees in the world. As I think of their experience and of visiting 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. For me as a Dominican, I choose it. I choose the stance in life that allows me to be sent, to be on the move as needed by the mission. Itinerancy is a necessary partner to mission. While it is natural to “settle in,” I know that too much settling in, physically or mentally, can block the reign of God from being realized.
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.