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Monthly Lunch and Learn Series Begins September 11

August 31, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – This fall, why not take advantage of a special opportunity to learn something new every month in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere? Bring your lunch to Weber Retreat & Conference Center to learn about a variety of topics. Programs are offered from 12:15 to 1:00 p.m. Drinks and dessert are provided.

Topics and dates for the Fall Lunch and Learn Series are as follows [NOTE: topics in red have changed dates]:

  • Dominican Trip Highlights – Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Angela Kessler and Erin Dress, Communications Director and Human Resources Director, respectively, for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, share reflections on their eight-day experience in July in Fanjeaux, France. In 13th Century Fanjeaux, St. Dominic de Guzman carried out his preaching ministry and established the first community of the Order of Preachers, Dominicans.

  • Preserving Old Photographs  – Monday, October 22, 2018. Lisa Schell, Archivist for the Adrian Dominican Sisters, offers best practices for preserving photos and details about the special memories they captured.  

  • Appetizers for the Holidays – Tuesday, November 27, 2018. Learn some crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvres recipes for your holiday celebrations, shared by Lissette Diaz-Zaldivar, Chartwells Executive Chef for Siena Heights University’s Food Service.

  • Tips for Taking Awesome Holiday Photographs – Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Laura Harvey of the Marketing and Communications Team at Siena Heights University, provide practical tips for capturing the best holiday photographs. Bring your phone or camera with you.

The Lunch and Learn presentations are free and open to all. Registration is not required. 

Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. For information, call the Weber Center at 517-266-4000.


Adrian Dominicans Open Doors to Neighbors During National Catholic Sisters Week

March 14, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters opened their doors to Lenawee County community members, donors, Co-workers and their families, staff members of Siena Heights University, and other interested guests March 9. An Evening with the Adrian Dominican Sisters, a special event for National Catholic Sisters Week, gave Sisters, Associates, Co-workers and guests a unique opportunity to get to know one another. 

Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress of the Congregation, welcomes open house guests.

In her opening address early in the evening, Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress of the Congregation, presented a brief history and background of the Adrian Dominican Congregation. She also emphasized the special relationship the Congregation has to their local neighbors. 

“While we as Adrian Dominican Sisters value relationships and collaboration with people across the globe, since 1884 we have known and been part of Lenawee County,” Sister Attracta noted. “We are proud to call Lenawee County and the City of Adrian home.” In turn, she invited her guests to feel at home on the campus of the Congregation’s Motherhouse. “You are welcome to join us at any time,” she said. Our doors are open. We have no gates, so feel free please to come and join us at any time.”

Adrian Mayor Jim Berryman presented a proclamation for National Catholic Sisters Week, reiterating the strong relationship between the Adrian Dominican Sisters and their home town, Adrian, Michigan. “Adrian and the Dominican Sisters have a 137-year history together,” Mayor Berryman noted. “The City of Adrian is a stronger community because of the Dominican Sisters.”

Sara Bingham, left, of WLEN Radio, interviews Sister Carleen Maly, OP, Director of the Adrian Rea Literacy Center.

Before the two-hour event began, Sara Bingham, of WLEN Radio, offered a remote broadcast from the Adrian Room of Madden Hall, where the refreshments and information tables were set up. She invited community members to attend the open house and conducted brief interviews with a number of representatives of Adrian Dominican programs: Sister Lorraine Réaume, OP, Formation Director; Sister Maria Goretti Browne, OP, on the Sisters; Associate Arlene Bachanov on the Congregation’s history; Erin Dress, Human Resources Director, on employment opportunities; Sister Peg O’Flynn, OP, on Weber Center; Sister Carleen Maly, OP, on the Adrian Rea Literacy Center; Jennifer Hunter and Ashley LaVigne on the campus; Sister Carol Coston, OP, on permaculture; and Amy Palmer on development.

Guests stroll through the first-floor corridor of Madden Hall during a guided tour of the Motherhouse.

Throughout the evening, guests were invited to meet the Sisters and learn about their lives, browse the various information tables, take part in a guided tour of the Motherhouse, and enjoy refreshments and companionship with others.

An Evening with the Adrian Dominican Sisters was funded by a grant from National Catholic Sisters Week to enable local community members to come to know the Congregation and the presence of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates among them. Held March 8-14 every year, the week gives people throughout the United States the opportunity to become more aware of Catholic Sisters and the role they play in Church and in society.

Read a related article by Lonnie Huhman in the Daily Telegram.


 

 

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