Sr. Margaret Ormond, OP Receives Honorary Degree at Spring 2011 Commencement

Sr. Margaret Ormond


Ohio Dominican University (ODU) conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters honoris causa to alumna Sister Margaret Ormond, OP, ’65, Prioress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace, at the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7, 2011. Sr. Ormond also delivered the commencement address in the Alumni Hall Gym on ODU’s main campus.

“We are honored to recognize Sr. Ormond’s commitment to service to the global community, with her special concern for the education of women and children, her promotion for the intellectual tradition and spiritual legacy of the Dominican Order, and her support for the mission and goals of Ohio Dominican University,” said Peter Cimbolic, Ph.D., President.

Sr. Margaret Ormond is the Prioress of the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of Peace, the sponsoring congregation of Ohio Dominican. She holds a bachelor’s degree in History from the College of St. Mary of the Springs (now Ohio Dominican University). She also earned a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Theology (STB) and licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL) from Angelicum University in Rome (Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas). During her academic career as a teacher, Sister Margaret taught high school in New Haven, Connecticut and Steubenville, Ohio, and also served as a high school administrator in New Haven.

Sr. Ormond is well-known throughout the Dominican Order as a result of her cross-cultural ministerial experience. In 1986, she was appointed by her Congregation to serve as Co-Director of Parable, a national organization for the Promotion of Dominican Life and Mission. The following year, she became the first International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International, an office established at the general headquarters of the Order in Rome. For the next ten years, she traveled to many countries where she spoke on such topics as religious life in this century and the global realities faced by the Church.

In 2008, Sr. Margaret continued her advocacy work on behalf of women, ministering as a consultant on Leadership Among African Religious, which brought her to many areas of the continent, including Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Over a ten-year period, she also facilitated Dominican Congresses in the Philippines, El Salvador, South Africa, Kenya, Peru and Hungary.

Her commitment to her Congregation and its members includes her service as Prioress General of the founding congregation from 1990 to 1996, and as General Councilor in the 1980s. During those years she also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Ohio Dominican College. In 2009, she was elected by the members of the inaugural chapter of the newly established religious congregation, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, as the first Prioress.