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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).

The 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.  

Joining 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.  

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 (25 years).   

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 of Prayer.  

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.


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