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Adrian Dominican Sisters Plan Series of Events
in Celebration of Earth Season

February 26, 2007 – Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters, Siena Heights University and St. Joseph Academy will be celebrating Earth Season during March and April with a series of events, including a play, book signing, workshop and major speaker, that will culminate with Earth Day on April 22. To mark the beginning of Earth Season, the Ark of Hope will be on display March 12-20 in St. Catherine Chapel on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus. Viewing hours will be 1:30-4 p.m. daily.

The Ark of Hope is a 49" x 32" x 32" wooden chest that houses the Earth Charter document, an international peoples treaty for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Designed and painted by Vermont artist Sally Linder, the Ark of Hope was crafted from a single plank of sycamore maple from a sustainable forest in Germany. The five painted panels that form the sides and top of the Ark represent the flora and fauna of the world as seen through the images of the world’s traditional artists. The Ark has traveled the world, including a stop at the United Nations in 2002, and serves as a catalyst for creating Temenos Books, handcrafted books that contain images and words for global healing, peace and gratitude.

On March 21 at 1:30 p.m., there will be a procession in which the Ark of Hope will be moved from St. Catherine Chapel to Rueckert Auditorium at Siena Heights University, where it will be on display during the play “A Sense of Wonder.” The dates and times of this performance and other Earth Season activities are as follows:

March 22-23, 7-8 p.m. (followed by discussion), Rueckert Auditorium, Siena Heights University – “A Sense of Wonder,” a one-woman play based on the life of naturalist Rachel Carson. Written and performed by Kaiulani Lee, “A Sense of Wonder” is the story of one woman’s love for the natural world and her fight to defend it. Lee has starred in over a dozen plays on and off-Broadway and has guest-starred on numerous television shows including “Law & Order.” Limited seating is available. Ticket prices range from $5 (students) to $50 (supporters). To purchase tickets, contact Margaret Weber at 517-266-3521 or

April 10, 4 p.m., Dominican Hall, Siena Heights University– A book signing of Robert J. Hejna’s Circle of Stones, which details the experiences of Native American teens and the prejudices they often experience. Hejna is a Michigan author who has been a student of Native American philosophy and culture for the past 17 years. Books will be available for purchase. For more information, contact Linda Easley at

April 14, 8 a.m. to noon, Regina Dining Room, Adrian Dominican Sisters Campus – “Reading and Writing the Land Ethic,” a workshop led by Lisa Eddy that includes indoor and outdoor activities focusing on Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” from A Sand County Almanac. Leopold was a conservationist, forester, philosopher, educator, writer and outdoor enthusiast, and is considered by many to be the father of wildlife management. Leopold’s “Land Ethic” set the stage for the modern conservation movement and is based on the idea that a community should include non-human elements such as soils, water, plants and animals. The workshop is limited to 20 participants. To register, contact Christopher Matthias at 517-266-3535 or

April 22 (Earth Day), 1-2:30 p.m., St. Catherine Chapel, Adrian Dominican Sisters – Sister Eileen Gannon, OP, a Sparkhill Dominican who is a representative to the United Nations, will speak on the significance of the Earth Charter. The Earth Charter is a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable and peaceful global society in the 21st century. Sister Mary Kay Homan, OP, will provide a brief summary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation’s endorsement of the Earth Charter in September 2003, while Sister Peg Albert, OP, President of Siena Heights University, and Deborah Keller, Principal of St. Joseph Academy, will publicly endorse their institutions’ support of the Earth Charter. In addition, hands-on, Earth-centered activities will take place at St. Joseph Academy and Siena Heights University beginning at 2 p.m. Local vendors will set up booths where they will have items available for purchase.

All are welcome to attend these events.

For more information on the Ark of Hope and Earth Season activities, contact Renee Richie, OP, at 517-266-3538.


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