Center Begins New Era
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.
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
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)
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.