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Sister Rosita Yaya Reflects on Experience at Dominican Congress

Sister Rosita Yaya, OP, a member of the Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter based in Pampanga, the Philippines, recently attended the Congress for the Mission of the Order, held January 17-21, 2017, in Bologna, Italy. She was appointed to serve on the Synthesis Committee for this Congress, and gave a presentation. As the conclusion to the Dominican family’s 800th Jubilee Year, the Congress aimed to “bring together Dominicans from various regions of the world and from different cultural and ecclesial contexts to reflect and spare experiences around the mission of preaching of the Order today."

The following is Sister Rosita’s presentation at the Congress.

By Sister Rosita Yaya, OP

February 3, 2017, Bologna, Italy – The different presentations and sharing in the workshops gave life to the theme: “Sent to Preach.” They portrayed how the Gospel became human and how our humanity became Gospel to the people the Dominican Sisters and Brothers encountered in their ministry.

Through the centuries, the Sisters and Brothers continued to drink from the rich well of Scriptures, Tradition and the teachings of the Church. They listened and responded to the needs of the humans of their own time. The Holy Preaching, offered in varied ways, gave flesh to the Gospel in the Church, in schools and hospitals, on the streets, at the farms, and with the migrants, refugees, women and children, and with care of creation.

In the process, the preachers – like Jesus and Dominic – suffered with the people they serve. This was concretely experienced by our Sisters and Brothers in Iraq and other war torn countries. They did not give up in the face of persecutions. They stayed with their people and gave hope.

The splendor and beauty of God’s word in creation was incarnated in preaching through art, music and the media. 

Sister Rosita Yaya listens to one of the presentations during the Congress.

As I listened to the discussions and sharing, I felt that the fire of preaching is enveloping us present in this stadium. I got new perspective, new learning, and most of all, my encounter with each Sister and Brother present in this Congress made me aware of the immensity of the Mission of the Order. Now I have the courage to face the challenges ahead of me. 

As we are sent today, we need to continue to drink from the well of Scriptures, charism and values that St. Dominic, St. Catherine, and all the Dominican saints handed on to us. We are hopeful that we can make a difference. The Holy Spirit will strengthen us to discover new ways of preaching, to have fruitful encounter with people of different beliefs, with displaced persons, the victims of human rights violations and trafficking, people living in abject poverty. We know that what we will do is not our own mission. It is the Mission of Jesus, as He promised he will be with us until the end.

Feature photo: Sister Rosita Yaya, OP, gives a presentation during the Congress for the Mission of the Order.


2016 Brings Memorable Moments to Life of Adrian Dominican Congregation

December 30, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – As we near the countdown to another calendar year, let us take some time to review the 10 most memorable events for the Adrian Dominican Congregation in 2016.

 

General Chapter 2016

After nearly two years of contemplative and collaborative study and preparation, about 200 delegates to the second session of the 2016 General Chapter gathered at the Motherhouse in Adrian, Michigan, February 18-26, to set the direction of the Congregation for the next six years. After input and much work together, four Enactments were approved and a Prioress and General Council were elected to lead the Congregation in living out those Enactments. 

 


St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center Responds to Flint’s Water Crisis

When the water of Flint, Michigan, was found to be contaminated with lead co-workers at St. Luke’s N.E.W. Life Center found ways to offer special services to the troubled community. The Center – founded by Sister Carol Weber, OP, and Sister Judy Blake, CSJ – responded in a variety of ways, from serving as a water distribution center to offering support and nutrition classes to mothers of young children. Sister Carol also found hope and support from a community meeting, called and attended by President Barack Obama. 

 


Adrian Dominicans Stand in Solidarity with Those Seeking Justice

Throughout the year, groups of Adrian Dominicans participated in various events in solidarity with people who are seeking justice. A group of Adrian Dominican Sisters from the Our Lady of Remedies Mission Chapter, based in Pampanga, the Philippines, joined a protest with 3,000 indigenous peoples from their country. Participants set up camp at the University of the Philippines to raise awareness of their efforts to reclaim self-determination and liberation. Six Adrian Dominican Sisters and one Dominican Volunteer traveled to Nogales, Arizona, to join in the School of the Americas (SOA) Watch’s first-ever Convergence at the Border, which called attention to increased militarization of U.S. borders. Three Adrian Dominican Sisters were part of a contingent of U.S. Dominican Sisters who spent a weekend in solidarity with Native Americans who were encamped at Standing Rock in protest the Dakota Access Pipeline being constructed on sacred tribal land.

 


Dominicans around the World Celebrate 800th Jubilee

For Dominicans throughout the world, 2016 was a year-long Jubilee of the founding of the Order of Preachers by St. Dominic. Among the many celebrations taking place during this year was “Living our Legacy: A Dominican Conference in Celebration of 800 Years of Preaching,” attended by three Adrian Dominican Sisters. 

 


Reflective Garden Brings Joy to Retired Sisters

Thanks to the generosity of numerous donors, the Dominican Life Center Reflective Garden was built in the summer and dedicated in August. The garden was designed with the special needs of memory-loss Sisters in mind to give them a safe and beautiful place to enjoy nature.

 


Adrian Dominicans Dedicate Formation House in Dominican Republic

The Adrian Dominican Sisters renovated a 100-year-old house in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and dedicated it as a House of Formation. The house is open to women in the Dominican Republic who are discerning a call to the Adrian Dominican Sisters, women who are in formation, and for those who seek a place for spiritual growth and renewal. Read more

 


Siena Heights University Opens St. Joseph Academy Building to Education Students

After receiving the old St. Joseph Academy building from the Adrian Dominican Congregation, Siena Heights University renovated the first floor and dedicated it to the Department of Education. In gratitude for the gift of the building, the faculty and students in the Education Department hosted an open house for Adrian Dominicans to showcase the new facilities. 

 


St. Rose Dominican Hospitals Plans Four New Neighborhood Hospitals

Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals announced plans to build four new neighborhood hospitals in the Las Vegas area to increase access to health care in these areas. The first of the four is scheduled to be dedicated in the first quarter of 2017.

 


Associate Life Creates Advisory Board

An Advisory Board was created for Associate Life, the organization that coordinates Adrian Dominican Associates, as a way to respond to the specific Dominican charism of Associates. Made up of five Associates, the Director of Associate Life, the Formation Director, and the General Council liaison to Associate Life, the Advisory Board first met in the Spring of 2016 and reported on its accomplishments and goals during an August gathering of Associates

 


Adrian Dominican Sisters Present on Global Stage

In the past year, three Adrian Dominican Sisters have taken part in global events. Sister Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, was part of the U.S. delegation to the canonization in Rome of St. Teresa of Calcutta. Sister Mary Priniski, OP, participated in the Global Seminar on Sustainable Development and the Future of Work in the Context of the Jubilee of Mercy, in Rome in early May. Sister Cheryl Liske, OP, attended the third World Meeting of Popular Movements, held in Rome in November to help advise Pope Francis on how to address the challenges faced by poor people and Earth.


 

 

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