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A Voice for the Earth
Sister Pat Siemen, OP, JD
Serving as a voice to recognize the inherent rights of all creation has become Sister Pat’s primary work as director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence at the Barry University School of Law.
A civil attorney who holds a juris doctorate from Northeastern University, Sister Pat’s early ministries included being a community organizer in rural Tennessee, where she assisted disenfranchised African-Americans, and working in parish ministry with the Latino community.
She has also been a legal services attorney for migrant workers in south Florida; a staff attorney for the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice; and director of the Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College.
Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP, PhD
Sister Sara is an associate professor of theology at Barry University, a Dominican university in Miami, Florida. She teaches systematic theology and previously worked in campus ministry at the university. She has also published a number of articles, especially on the issues involved in lay liturgical preaching.
She was the Pollok Lecturer at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has lectured at the National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy, the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools.
She holds an MA in theology from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis and a PhD in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto.
Sister Maribeth Howell, OP, PhD, STD
In addition to serving the Congregation as its Director of Formation, Sister Maribeth is an adjunct professor of Biblical studies at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. She has taught not only at Aquinas but also at Kenrick Seminary in St. Louis and St. Mary Seminary in Wickliffe, Ohio.
She earned her Licentiate of Sacred Theology degree from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, and completed her doctoral studies (PhD and Doctor of Sacred Theology) in Hebrew Scriptures at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium.
Sister Maribeth regularly gives talks, workshops, retreats and days of reflection throughout the United States and internationally.