July 21, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – The General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters issued the following statement in solidarity with the people of Detroit.
The Adrian Dominican Sisters join with our brothers and sisters in Detroit in “looking back to move forward” on this 50th anniversary of the four-day uprising that began on July 23, 1967. We recognize that much remains to be done to end the institutional racism that gave rise to the rebellion 50 years ago that tragically left 43 dead and 342 injured – and that continues to do violence to people of color in Detroit and other parts of our nation today.
As Catholic Sisters of predominantly white Euro-American heritage, we acknowledge our own complicity in the sin of institutional racism, which privileges some and dehumanizes others. We pledge our lives and resources – through our literacy centers and individual ministries in social and environmental justice, non-violent peacemaking, education, and local parishes – to do all we can to help build the “beloved community” that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of and Jesus modeled.
June 16, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, was one of three religious whose articles on the vow of poverty were included in the Spring 2017 issue of Horizon, the journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference. In the article, she connects voluntary poverty, as practiced by Dominicans, with the Order’s call to mendicancy – relying on God and on others for their daily sustenance – and on the urgent need today for a more sustainable and less consumer-oriented lifestyle. Read the entire article.