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Sister Carmen Álvarez, OP, Receives Golden Rule Award

December 12, 2016, Boca Raton, Florida – Sister Carmen Álvarez, OP, received the Golden Rule Award from the Catholic Realtors of Boca Raton, Florida, in recognition of exemplifying and living out Jesus’ rule to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

The award ceremony was December 2 at the Royal Palm Country Club during a breakfast after the first Friday Mass. The Realtors gather for Mass on the first Friday of every month, and bestow the Golden Rule Award annually, usually in December.

“I was full of joy and surprise,” Sister Carmen said. “I did not know anything about this until I was presented with the honor. I became aware that I partner with the Catholic Realtors of Boca Raton in bringing the love of God to others.”

Sister Carmen was recognized for a life of service, beginning in her childhood years in the province of Havana, Cuba. She first worked with other children, and then, as she matured, felt called to minister to adults, said Sister Frances Madigan, OP, who gave a presentation on her life during the award ceremony. 

Sister Fran noted priests in Cuba were asked to minister to three or four parishes and communities were “fortunate to see a priest maybe once a week.” Sister Carmen became active in keeping her church open every day for prayer, meetings, and social events. She continued this work even after churches were threatened and closed under the rule of the late Fidel Castro.

After Sister Carmen was arrested and spent two weeks in jail with 300 other women, her family sent her to the United States for protection. While serving at an immigration center in Miami helping families find sponsors among their families and friends, Sister Carmen met the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci and became a member of the congregation. She transferred to the Adrian Dominican Sisters in December 2012.   

Sister Carmen spent some time ministering in the north before she was again called to serve the refugees in Miami. She later ministered at St. Hugh and St. Helen Parishes, training parishioners to be catechists. 

Sister Carmen’s last years of active ministry before retirement were spent at St. Joan of Arc Parish in Boca Raton, directing the parish’s Hispanic Ministry. The invitation by Monsignor John McMahon to serve at St. Joan of Arc has been among her favorite memories. “The people began to feel at home sharing their customs with others and being part of another culture,” she said.

Still active in her retirement, Sister Carmen serves St. Joan of Arc as co-director of the parish literacy center and, through her work with the Santa Ann Circle of the Council of Catholic Women, made up of more than 100 women who serve the parish through time, talent, and treasure. She also coordinates donations given to repair a leaky roof in her home parish in Cuba.

Sister Fran said that Sister Carmen offers “the gift of joy, the ability to forgive and forget, and to be a peacemaker in a world where this is much needed. She is a gift to this parish, the Adrian Dominicans and to all with whom she comes in contact.”

Feature photo: From left, Monsignor Michael McGraw, pastor of St. Joan of Arc Parish, Boca Raton; Sister Carmen Álvarez, OP; and Bishop Gerald Barbarito, of the Diocese of Palm Beach attended a ceremony in which Sister Carmen received the Golden Rule Award.


Adrian Dominican Sisters in the path of Hurricane Matthew are safe

October 6, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – Due to the many loving calls and emails of concern from people asking after the safety of Adrian Dominican Sisters serving in the Dominican Republic and Florida, we are happy to report everyone is safe.

Our Sisters serving in the Dominican Republic report lots of rain, and ask for your continued prayers for the DR and Haiti.

Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates in Florida are all safe and continue to be in contact with each other as well as their Chapter Prioress, Sister Mary Ann Caulfield, OP. Sisters in areas that had a mandatory evacuation have taken up residence with other Sisters in safer areas. All are in touch with each other, monitoring the weather situation, and taking appropriate safety measures. They express gratitude for your thoughts and prayers.

Our sponsored institutions report the following:

  • Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida) is closed as of noon October 5 through Sunday, October 9
  • Rosarian Academy (West Palm Beach, Florida) is closed October 6-7, with parent-teacher conferences scheduled to go on for Monday, October 10 as of this posting
  • DePorres Place Literacy Center (West Palm Beach, Florida) is closed and as of this posting will re-open Monday, October 10

 The Congregation asks people for their continued prayers for the victims of Hurricane Matthew and for the safety of those still in the path of the storm.


 

 

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