Grand Rapids Dominicans
The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have elected a new four-person leadership team to a six-year term which takes effect July 1, 2012. The election was held Feb. 26, with nearly 100 sister delegates casting votes for a prioress, vicaress and two councilors. The new team includes Sisters Maureen Geary, OP, prioress; Sandra Delgado, OP, vicaress; Lucianne Siers, OP, councilor; and Mary Ann Barrett, OP, councilor. Read more
In January 2009, five congregations in the northeastern United States shared their desire to collaborate in order to further Dominican life and mission. The Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope, and Sparkill initially formed a coordinating team composed of two members and one leadership person from each congregation. On Jan. 19 of this year, the Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC) welcomed its new collaboration promoter, Sister Mary Ellen O’Grady (Sinsinawa). Read more
Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and an attorney, delivered the annual Distinguished Dominican Lecture at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law on Feb. 16 in Orlando, Florida. She challenged the students, faculty, staff and administration to be a “school of public service” and to stand for justice with the oppressed. Read more
Sister in the News
A recent article in Catholic San Francisco featured an interview with Sister Christina Heltsley, OP (Sinsinawa), executive director of the St. Francis Center of Redwood City, California, which provides housing, food, clothing and education to help families in need in the area. The San Mateo County deputy sheriff describes Sister Christina’s work as “powerful for the community,” which is plagued by gang violence. Read article
The Working Group on Girls wanted girls from around the world to participate in the UN advocacy process Feb. 26–March 7 as part of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Dominican Leadership Conference invited two students from Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, New York to participate. Read article by Dominican Volunteer Alex Sajben.
The Vatican recently announced the approval of the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The canonization ceremony will be celebrated on Oct. 21 (World Mission Sunday) at the Vatican. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” was born in 1656. She is the patroness of the Tekakwitha Conference, the only Catholic Native American/Aboriginal Religious Organization in North America. Read article by Diane Poplawski, OP
The Dominican Center at Marywood, a ministry of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids in Michigan, is sponsoring a tour of England and Scotland, with a focus on the history of Celtic spirituality and mysticism. This 11-day trip, hosted by Sisters Nancy Brousseau, OP and Diane Zerfas, OP, will leave Chicago on Oct. 21 and return to Chicago on Oct. 31. Read more
“Meister Eckhart: A Prophet for Our Age” is scheduled for Aug. 10–17 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. This retreat, led by the Rev. Ward Bauman, will explore Eckhart's teaching through his mystical works. Read more
Dominican Sisters Conference
Registration materials for the first annual Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) Convocation are now available. The convocation will be held Oct. 4–7 at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling, Illinois. Speakers Timothy Radcliffe, OP and Judi Neal will address the theme “Edge Walkers: Unfolding the Fertile Unknown.” To download registration materials (PDF 1.6 MB), click on the graphic or click here.