March 31, 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana – Students from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in New Orleans, in conjunction with the Peace Center, distributed 35 bags of food and candy to seniors at Pine Street Apartments.
Encouraged by Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Harvat, OP, the students collected food and candy. Many interrupted their Easter holiday to distribute the green bags at the apartment building during a downpour of rain on Holy Thursday, March 24. The Peace Center provided the bags, as well as ham.
Many of the seniors at Pine Street Apartments are regulars of the Peace Center, opened in 2014 by the Dominican Sisters of Peace, who also sponsor St. Mary’s Dominican High School. “We learned from [the seniors] that their supply of food runs out toward the end of the month,” explained Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP, of the Peace Center. “What better time to feed the hungry and spread the message of new life than at Easter!”
Sister Pat ministers as Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity at St. Mary’s Dominican High School. She was elected in February 2016 to serve as General Councilor for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, effective July 1, 2016.
- Article submitted by Sister Suzanne Brauer, OP
Feature photo: Seniors from the Pine Street Apartments in New Orleans show appreciation for the Easter Bags they recieved from the Peace Center and students at St. Mary's Dominican High School. Photo by Sister Patricia Harvat, OP.
March 4, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters, during Session II of their General Chapter, held February 18-26, 2016, elected new leaders and set their direction for the next six years.
Session II began on February 18 with an opening ritual and the calling of the delegates. Sister Attracta Kelly, Prioress, gave the opening address, offering encouragement to the delegates as they began their work together. “With open, strong, clear and full hearts, we can help each other grow into our highest aspirations if we encourage each other to understand that the tension between what is and what could and should be is not to be feared but to be embraced as a source of vital energy for new life.”
The delegates also heard from Dr. Mary E. Hunt, PhD, founder of Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER), who spoke on “Cosmic Catholicism: A New Calling for a New Order,” and from Jim Haudan, CEO of Root, Inc., who in a recorded interview spoke on catalyzing change.
On the evening of the first day, the delegates gathered for the Mass of the Holy Spirit, asking the Spirit to guide them in their deliberations and elections. The Most Rev. Earl Boyea, Bishop of Lansing, presided.
The 199 delegates approved four enactments to set the Congregation’s overall ministerial direction for the next six years. The 2016-2022 enactments focus on responding to …
The delegates then elected a Prioress and General Council to lead the Sisters and Associates to live out the enactments. The newly elected Prioress (president) and General Council, who will formally take office on July 1, 2016, are:
The incoming Prioress and General Council will succeed Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress of the Congregation; Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, Vicaress/General Councilor; Sister Kathleen Schanz, OP, General Councilor; Sister Corinne Sanders, OP, Administrator/General Councilor; and Sister Rosemary Abramovich, OP, General Councilor.
The packed schedule of Session II also allowed time for delegates to gather informally over meals and breaks. In addition to daily Eucharistic Liturgies, at which one of their Dominican Brothers presided and one of the delegates offered a reflection on the Scriptures, the delegates gathered for socials and dances. Composer and singer Sara Thomsen, whose music was incorporated into many of the Chapter’s prayers and rituals, gave a special concert on the evening of February 23. A highlight of the Chapter was a Sunday Liturgy on February 21 celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order, the Order of Preachers, with preaching by Congregation historian and former Prioress, Sister Nadine Foley, OP.