Meet the Directors
Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee
Birthday: September 17, 1946
Areas of Study: BA in English, Elementary Education–Siena College, Memphis, TN; MRE–Seattle University; D. Min.–University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL
Ministry: elementary and adult education/formation, parish ministry, facilitation and retreats/adult spiritual development, lay ministry training, congregational leadership.
Fun Fact: For vacation this year, I went to Ireland.
I am a Dominican Sister of Peace. I was attracted to the Dominicans by the peaceful joy, passion for mission and a connection of deep faith and life I saw in the sisters. Most of my ministry has been in some form of education and/or formation. I have participated on various boards: CDN, WELLSTREAMS; Center for Feminine Spirituality, Saint Agnes Academy-Saint Dominic School and the national board of the Religious Formation Conference. I am beginning my 5th year as Co-Director of the CDN. I find it a profound and sacred privilege to journey with those discerning the call to Dominican life. Feeling blessed by my call and commitment, I want to pass on the gifts that have been given me.
Place of Birth: Royal Oak, Michigan
Birthday: July 5, 1963
Areas of Study: Master’s in Theological Studies; MDiv with a focus in Word and Worship; currently working on DMin in Preaching
Previous Ministry: Pastoral ministry, high school education, formation
Fun Fact: Next summer I will be walking the Camino de Santiago from Portugal to Spain
I was born and raised in Royal Oak, Michigan, and recently celebrated my silver jubilee of religious life with the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids. These years in religious life have taught me to trust that God knows what God is doing. I was a novice at the CDN when it was located in Manchester (1989-1990) and have very fond memories of the gift of that year. It was in that experience that I became deeply rooted in the Dominican Family and discovered a love for preaching. When I first entered, I knew the OP stood for Order of Preachers but had no idea how I would come to feel so alive in the preaching mission. I frequently contribute to the monthly podcast preaching, a daily dose of Dominican preaching, at www.word.op.org. In addition to preaching, I enjoy golfing, walking, playing cards or board games, movies, and spending time with my nieces and nephews. My hope for this year is that the novices and co-directors will all learn from each other and grow more deeply in our love of Dominican life and our commitment to the preaching mission of the Order.