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.
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Congrats to the new dedicates who are elected. I felt the process of election for the Adrian Dominican Sisters very strange. Thanks for helping us know in detail about the process and enactments about the new elected team.
What an honor to see all of you continuing on your path of justice, love, and peace-making in our world. As I do each day, I will continue to include all of the new leadership as well as those leaving their former roles in my daily prayers. May the Spirit who dwells so effectively in our hearts keep us connected through the bonds of congregational covenant. My love to all!
I read this article with such interest and awe in the continued attentive life looked at by you wonderful women in this community to which I once belonged and in many ways to which I still feel connected by lifelong friendships and interest in the larger picture of life I always feel called to in reading of your work...my forever gratitude and hope for all you do and are...Melody
Congratulations Sr. Fran...the fabulous things you did for so many students in the Archidocese of Detroit continues to have incalculable positive impact to this day....you are an amazing leader and many of us are excited for you. So blessed to have been educated by Adrian Dominicans at both Detroit St. Gabriel and at Siena Heights University.Love, love, love the Adrian Dominicans - thank you for being such a powerful force for goodness in the world!
Congratulations to all who participated in gathering the hope and shaping the future for the Congregation's fiery presence in our world. Strength, energy, grace to the new leadership team. With deep respect, Sheila