September 26, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Rose Celeste O’Connell, OP, has always been seen as a competent, hard-working Sister, from her years as a high school principal to more than 25 years as Secretary of the Adrian Dominican Congregation and, currently, as Director of the Office of Information for the Congregation. For years, she wore the dual hats of Secretary of the Congregation and Director of Information – a daunting load for most people.
But, before 1982, Sister Rose Celeste carried an added burden – unknown to most people – of addiction to alcohol. Since taking her last drink in 1982 and entering into recovery, she has trained to serve as a chaplain for people facing addictions, and currently leads an annual Serenity Retreat for Women at Weber Retreat Center in Adrian. Read Sister Rose Celeste’s story, as told in The National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report by Elizabeth Eisenstadt Evans. A related article tells of the addictions and other mental illness problems that women religious have faced and the recovery and treatment programs available to women religious and clergy.
September 18, 2017, West Palm Beach, Florida – Like other residents of Florida in the past week, Adrian Dominican Sisters experienced the agony of waiting, the busy-ness of preparations, fear, evacuation, traffic jams, gasoline shortages, and the willingness to reach out to others suffering from the ravages of Hurricane Irma. Adrian Dominican Sisters Mary Jean Clemenger, OP, Patricia Erickson, OP, Margaret Exworthy, OP, Grace Flowers, OP, Mary Therese Napolitan, OP, and Judy Rimbey, OP, reported on their experiences to Dan Stockman, of Global Sisters Report. Read the article.
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