Houston Dominicans Begin
125th Anniversary Celebration
HOUSTON, TX, November 5, 2007 -- The Dominican Sisters of Houston
opened a year-long celebration of the congregation's 125 years in
Texas. Cardinal-designate Daniel N. DiNardo presided at the
opening Mass attended by the sisters, clergy and more than
1,000 guests at St. Agnes Academy in Houston on Sept. 30.
|Honored at the
opening of the 125th Anniversary Year of Houston Dominican
Sisters are Jubilarians, Sr. Donna Pollard (25 years), Srs. Jane Meyer and Antoinette
(Kitty) Carter (50 years, and Sr. Emily Bordages (60 years).
date commemorates the arrival of 20 Dominican Sisters
from Somerset, Ohio, coming by train to Galveston in 1882. Led
by Mother Mary Agnes Magevney and Mother Rose Lynch, the young
community immediately opened Sacred Heart Academy, beginning a
long history of religious education in southeast Texas and beyond.
As part of the festivities, four Jubilarians were honored for
their years of service: Emily Bordages (60 years), Jane
Meyer and Sr. Antoinette Carter (50 years) and Donna Pollard
the Houston Sisters were representatives of our close geographic
Alliance Sisters, Angelina Magro, Shirley Bodisch and Mary Daniel
from St. Mary's, New Orleans. Houston Dominicans
fondly refer to the sisters from St. Mary of the Springs,
Columbus, as "our Mothers...Kentucky Dominicans
being our 'grandmothers' ," observes JoAnn Niehaus, communicator
for the Houstons. Anne
Kilbride, OP and Anne Keenan, OP came from Columbus representing
their sisters at the celebration.
Several other events will occur during the year's celebration: Timothy
Radcliffe and Mary Catherine Hilkert are coming in November and
May as part of a Speakers' Series. Houston's Linda
Gibler rounds out the speaking program. Reunions of former
students, teachers and friends will take place in Galveston, in
the Beaumont area, with a Grand Reunion in Houston in April. Connie
Schoen (Oxford) will open the Prayer Series with the Advent Day
Other occasions for prayer with the public
occur in Lent, and with several Labyrinth Walks, ending
with a Solemn Evensong celebrated in the soon-to-be-opened
Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, planned for early summer.