November 11, 2015, Miami Beach, Florida – Every year, Barry University’s Founders’ Week in November includes special celebratory events. This year, marking the University’s 75th anniversary, Founders Week’ events are even more special.
The Founders’ Week celebration of Barry’s Adrian Dominican Legacy included lunchtime breakout sessions with Adrian Dominican Sisters on Tuesday, November 10. That evening, author Jo Pizza gave a keynote address, “If Nuns Ruled the World,” including book signing. Serving on a panel with her were Adrian Dominican Sisters Carleen Maly, OP, director of Adrian Rea Literacy Center in Adrian; Kathy Nolan, OP, director of the Congregation’s Office of Global Mission, Justice, and Peace; and Nancyann Turner, OP, director of the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Special events on Wednesday, November 12, included a one-woman play on the life of St. Catherine of Siena by Sister Nancy Murray, OP.
As a further celebration of the Adrian Dominican heritage, Barry University established their Living History Project, “Founding our Future.” Featured on Barry’s website are video interviews with 25 Adrian Dominican Sisters who have influenced the University through their service as administrators, faculty and staff members, and members of the Board of Trustees.
Sister Joan Leo, one of two 2015 recipients of the Lifetime Catechetical Leadership Award, is featured in an article on the archdiocese’s 37th Annual Catechetical (religious education) Conference, held October 24 at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale. A 60-year Jubilarian, Sister Joan has been involved in catechesis throughout her ministerial life, and is currently co-director of religious education at St. Gregory School in Plantation, Florida. Read the article on the Catechesis Conference.
Sister Linda, President of Barry University in Miami Shores, was featured in her blog, Barry and Me, Sister Linda describes the University’s year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary in the 2015-2016 academic year. In addition, she writes of her own long-time relationship with Barry, from her attendance as a student to two separate periods of service at Barry and finally, since 2004, her service as President of the University. The blog is also available in Spanish.