November 11, 2015, Miami Beach, Florida – Every year, Barry University’s Founders’ Week in November includes special celebratory events. This year, marking the University’s 75th anniversary, Founders Week’ events are even more special.
The Founders’ Week celebration of Barry’s Adrian Dominican Legacy included lunchtime breakout sessions with Adrian Dominican Sisters on Tuesday, November 10. That evening, author Jo Pizza gave a keynote address, “If Nuns Ruled the World,” including book signing. Serving on a panel with her were Adrian Dominican Sisters Carleen Maly, OP, director of Adrian Rea Literacy Center in Adrian; Kathy Nolan, OP, director of the Congregation’s Office of Global Mission, Justice, and Peace; and Nancyann Turner, OP, director of the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in Detroit. Special events on Wednesday, November 12, included a one-woman play on the life of St. Catherine of Siena by Sister Nancy Murray, OP.
As a further celebration of the Adrian Dominican heritage, Barry University established their Living History Project, “Founding our Future.” Featured on Barry’s website are video interviews with 25 Adrian Dominican Sisters who have influenced the University through their service as administrators, faculty and staff members, and members of the Board of Trustees.
I believe Sister Paul James taught math at Barry for over 30 years. She is related to my mother, Theresa Villemure. I think that she is retired and living in Adrian. Please give her my best. My father died 2 weeks ago & I flew up from New Zealand. SPJ would have been at his funeral but she was under the weather. I hope she is feeling better!