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Project OPUS
Editors of second volume meet at McGreal Center

Front row (left to right): Susan Karina Dickey, OP; Tom McGonigle, OP; Carl Trutter, OP; Janet Welsh, OP. Second row: Patricia Dougherty, OP; Doris Rauenhorst, OP. Top row: Jill O'Brien.

Jill O’Brien (Lay Dominican, Central Province) and Janet Welsh, OP(Sinsinawa) facilitated a meeting with the six co-editors of “Dominicans on Mission (1865-1910),” volume two of the series “The Order of Preachers in the United Sates: A Family History” (Project OPUS). The editorial team met at the McGreal Center at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, July 13-15.

Quite a number of archivists/researchers have submitted drafts/information for the first section of volume two, which deals with the influence of the Civil War and reconstruction on the South. The editors include: Carl Trutter, OP (Southern Province), Tom McGonigle, OP (Central Province), Susan Karina Dickey, OP (Springfield), Doris Rauenhorst, OP (Sinsinawa), Patricia Dougherty, OP (San Rafael), and John Gerlach, OP (Central Province).

A preliminary chronology compiled by Carl Trutter will soon be uploaded to the McGreal Center website. The editors welcome comments, additions, and/or corrections to the chronology.

About the McGreal Center and Project OPUS

In March 2006, the Dominican Leadership Conference and Dominican University announced the collaborative foundation of the Sister Mary Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies. Since 1989, Sister Nona directed the work of Project OPUS. Sister Nona’s collaborative style of leadership and scholarship facilitated the acquisition of more than 5,000 documents, resources and publications germane to the history of the Dominican family in the United States.

The McGreal Center continues the research, writing and publication of Volumes II and III of “The Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History.” The mission of the McGreal Center is to preserve, promote and to understand the history of the Dominican family in the United States.