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Sister Emeline Bash

S. Emeline Bash, OP 

Born to earthly life: August 9, 1916
Religious profession: August 4, 1935
Entered eternal life: October 2, 2016

I have fought the good fight,
I have finished the race,
I have kept the faith.
                              — 2 Tim. 4,8


S. Emeline BashS. Emeline Bash Celebrates 80 Years (2015)

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?

I was born in Toronto, Ontario, on August 9, 1916, and lived there until my dad, a U.S. citizen, was called back to the U.S. and offered a job in Warren, MI, which he gladly accepted. We found a home in Center Line, where the Racine Dominicans had a large grade school and high school. I attended the high school and was captivated by S. Elaine, who was always so neat and clean and was an excellent teacher. I so wanted to be like her.

What kept you in the community all these years?

I’ve appreciated our "togetherness." Our prayer life has been very good. Being together and staying together has been powerful. I’ve also appreciated my ministry throughout Michigan. I spent 52 years in Michigan, and I often hear from the people I met and pray for. I pray God will continue being good to them.

What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?

A young man came to me and said he and his brother had been baptized Roman Catholic shortly after birth. He also said his parents argued all the years they were married, eventually separated, divorced and remarried outside the Catholic Church. He finally said, "All religion left us." He asked if he could join the class I was teaching. He did so, and eventually entered the seminary and was ordained a priest. He is in Michigan, and I hear from him periodically.

What is one thing you want people to know about the Racine Dominicans?

The Racine Dominicans are a community of vowed sisters in Racine, WI. We have a rule: a set of directives to guide us in our spiritual life of prayer and contemplation. We are very free about our own particular prayer life and contemplation.

What do you enjoy doing to refresh your spirit?

My age keeps me from being too active in ministry, so I enjoy my prayer and contemplation schedule. I enjoy our vast area of the out-of-doors and watching the various animals who come to our grounds and the lake.