October 13, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – While men through the ages have been hailed as saints, the lives of many holy women have gone unnoticed. A new series of presentations will explore the lives of these inspiring holy women from around the world.
Holy Women of History, a series of three presentations by Adrian Dominican Sister Anneliese Sinnott, OP, will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Thursdays, October 26, 2017; November 16, 2017; and January 11, 2018, at Weber Retreat & Conference Center on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse.
Sister Anneliese, long-time Professor of Systematic Theology at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, serves on the Board of the Dominican Center for Religious Development.
A free will offering will be accepted at each session. Registration is required.
Register by calling Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or visiting https://weber.adriandominicans.org/Registration.aspx.
September 27, 2016, Detroit, Michigan – The words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” now greet visitors to Hope House, a facility of Voices for Earth Justice (VEJ) in Detroit. Those words are inscribed on a Peace Pole installed at VEJ and dedicated on September 18.
The event – held a few days before International Day of Peace on September 21 – also honored Sister Janet Stankowski, OP, during her 50-year Jubilee Year as an Adrian Dominican Sister. The Peace Pole was purchased by Sister Janet’s family and friends in her honor.
Sister Janet co-founded VEJ with Patricia Gillis, an Adrian Dominican Associate, in 2001 out of a need to bring a faith-based perspective to environmental issues. Sister Janet describes the non-profit organization as a “faith-based network whose mission is to pray, educate, and act on behalf of Earth.”
During the dedication ceremony, Rabbi Syme, Imam Muhammad, and Father Phil Paxton, CP, shared thoughts about peace from their respective traditions. Participants recited the Prayer of St. Francis and were blessed by Doris Thunderfeather Allen in a sage blessing ceremony.
Along with Sister Janet, Adrian Dominican Sisters in attendance included Sisters Jeanine Boivin, OP; Pat Benson, OP; Grace Dennis, OP; Annette Desloover, OP; Arlene Kosmatka, OP; Sheila Delaney, OP; Cheryl Liske, OP; and Anneliese Sinnott, OP. Adrian Dominican Associates who attended included Carol Hofer, Patty Gillis, Geri Pleva, Mercedes Fitzsimmons, and Joyce Fruge.
The prayer, “May peace prevail on Earth,” was written in 1955 by the late Msahisa Goi, a Japanese man who sought to spread the desire for peace in people throughout the world. The prayer is written in English and other languages on the four or six sides of the peace pole. Numbering in the tens of thousands, peace poles can be found in 180 countries and on all continents.
Watch a slide show of the Voices for Earth Justice peace pole dedication.