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McGreal Center Begins New Era

RIVER FOREST, IL September 1, 2006 -- Today marks the beginning of a new era for Dominican intellectual life in the US. The Sr. Mary Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies officially comes into being as Interim Director Janet Welsh, OP (Sinsinawa) begins her tenure.

In March, 2006, the DLC and Dominican University announced a new collaborative foundation: the Sr. Mary Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies. Since 1989 Sister Nona has directed the work of Project OPUS. Sister Nona’s collaborative style of leadership and scholarship facilitated the acquisition of over 5,000 documents, resources and publications germane to the history of the Dominican Family in the United States.

Establishing the McGreal Center necessitates a multi-year process. The McGreal Center opened September 1, 2006. During 2006-2007, the OPUS collection will be catalogued and relocated to Dominican University. While this work is being done, the McGreal Center will continue the research, writing and publication for Volumes II and III of The Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History. As the project develops, the McGreal Center will become a research center not only for the continuing study and research on the Dominican Family in the United States but also for the wider academic community interested in the history of religious communities in the United States.

The McGreal Center will carry on OPUS’s commitment to preserve, promote and to understand the history of the Dominican Family in the US. As always, we need researchers and writers.

Janet Welsh, OP (Sinsinawa)
Interim Director

Send donations to:
McGreal Center c/o Dominican Leadership Conference
7200 West Division Street, River Forest, IL 60305

How You can Support the New Center

. We are grateful to the congregations and province, who have made monetary contributions as well as the gift of contributed service. Thus far, $14, 500 has been donated to help move this project forward. Dominican University is providing space, computers, telephone, internet service, and operating budget money. DLC is responsible for the salaries of the Interim Director and the research assistant for the next three years. We ask that if you have not already contributed to this new enterprise that you consider providing a gift of whatever you can offer at this moment in time.


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