2006 Dominican Leadership
2006 DLC Annual
Historian and Editor, Sr. Nona McGreal, OP
WI, September 22-26, 2006 -- At their 55th
annual meeting, members of the Dominican Leadership Conference celebrated
a person many Dominicans consider a national treasure. Sr.
Nona McGreal, OP (Sinsinawa) was honored for her extraordinary
service to the Dominican Family. Sr. Nona, former director of Project
OPUS, was honored by the DLC for her incalcuable contributions to
Dominican Lilfe. READ
DLC Membership Grapples with
of Future Dominican Life
SINSINAWA, WI, September 22-26, 2006
-- What do Dominicans need to do to sustain the fire and passion
of Dominican Life into the
future? This is one of the largest and most intriguing questions
for Dominicans in the US. Members of the Dominican Leadership Conference,
affiliate organizations and guests took on some of the complex questions
of how to sustain the emerging energies of Dominican Life in the
future at the 55th Annual Meeting of the DLC.
Gathered in the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa,
the 140 participants grappled with the
diverse and sometimes tedious complexities
of leadership in Dominican Life in the
US today. As the group worked to identify
for mission and clarify direction for the future, thresholds
began to emerge that
will shape the work of the DLC for the
next few years.
The meeting's theme: Standing on the Threshold
of a Brand New Day, was a hope expressed
by the DLC Executive Committee who planned the agenda. Dominican
Life is on the threshold of major change and the meeting tried to
capture some of the energies and movements that will fuel the future.
A facilitated process offered by Bryan Froehle, Ph.D and Carmelita
Murphy, OP D.Min, led the group through the ecclesial, sociological,
cultural and organizational trends that set a context for discussion.
In practical terms, the group laid a foundation
on which collaborative projects such as the high school and college
preaching programs, DIA, communications and volunteer programs and
can be organized and funded in the future. The group deliberately
avoided questions of the reconfiguration of women's congregations
in an effort to remain focused on questions that impact both provinces
of men and congregations of sisters.
They helped the participants explore the question: How can
Dominican congregations and
provinces best sustain themselves and the Dominican mission over
the next five to ten years? What emerged from the lengthy discussion
was a sense of the core values that should inform decisions about
such things as funding and personnel commitments for projects that
are supported by the congregations and provinces in the US.
Another signficant movement of the members was the approval of a proposal
to work more intentionally with the North American Promoters of Justice,
Peace and Care of Creation by receiving the Dominican
Call to Justice document each year
and to hear from the Co-Promoters of Justice about the work of justice.
The hope of this movement is to strengthen local relationships between
justice promoters and leadership and avoid DLC resolutions that parallel
the work of justice already being pursued. Dusty Farnan, OP, North
American Co-Promoter for Justice offered the Dominican
Call to Justice to the group and gave an update on the
work of justice and peace. The participants enjoyed a video presentation
on the North American Justice agenda.
threshold provided the wider perspective as guests from around the
world offered their insight into Dominican Life and the preaching
mission today. The DLC members also heard a report from the Voices
of the Americas delegation who met in ElSalvador, in December
of 2005 to foster collaboration between North and South America.
The members elected Cass McDonnell, OP (Hope) as the new Vice-President
of the conference and Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP (Springfield) as the
new DLC Secretary. Anne Kilbride, OP (Columbus) became the President
of DLC, Roberto Corall, OP (Holy Name) becomes Past President. Toni
Harris (Sinsinawa) completed her term of service on the Executive
Committee and Adrian Dover, OP (Houston) completed her service as
DLC Secretary. DLC Staff members include Mary Ellen O'Grady, OP
(Sinsinawa) Executive Director, Eileen Gannon, OP (Sparkill) NGO
Representative to the United Nations/ New York and Anne Lythgoe,
OP (Elkins Park) Communications Coordinator.