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Sisters participate in first annual pilgrimage

Group photo at Siena Center, Racine

Mary Ellen Green, OP

The first annual Dominican Alliance Pilgrimage took place June 23–July 2, 2010. Twenty-five sisters from six Dominican congregations gathered at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, for an orientation to their shared history by Janet Welsh, OP, director of the McGreal Center for U.S. Dominican History. The next days were filled with travel by bus to motherhouses in Racine, Sinsinawa, Springfield, and Grand Rapids.

Each host congregation provided gracious hospitality as well as a peek inside their local life. Highlights were participation in common prayer, tours of the nearby areas, and delicious meals. One of the participants commented, “I feel that we had a very successful journey, and I hope many more will follow. The spirit of Dominic was very present.”

One of the goals of the Dominican Alliance is to provide opportunities for members of the various congregations to collaborate in community and ministry, and to share experiences.

“This trip truly reinforced for me that Dominicans, wherever we are, share the same spirit,” said Rita Martin, OP (Racine). “All of the motherhouses and ministries we visited are very involved with helping people both locally and globally. It was a wonderful experience for me to witness this commitment to issues of justice.”

Pot luck meal at Trinity High School in River Forest the first evening of the pilgrimage. From left: Mary Ruth Leandres, OP (Peace), Mary Virginia Phillips, OP (Sinsinawa), and Judith Hilbing, OP (Springfield). Racine Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa. Top from left: Dorothy Ann Greiber, OP; Marian Diedrick, OP;, Mary Ann Pohl, OP. Bottom from left: Mary Vosters, OP; Rita Martin, OP. The sisters are standing in front of an 1847 stone building designed and constructed by the Rev. Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, founder of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa.
Mary Charmaine Kribs, OP (Springfield) with llama at Jubilee Farm near Springfield, Illinois Linda Tonellato, OP (Springfield) gave a presentation to the group about the history of her congregation