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Program Helps People Find Ways to Deal with Grief During the Holidays

October 20, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Do you dread facing the holidays after losing a family member or someone else important to you? Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, will guide people on ways to navigate the feeling of deep personal loss and grief during the upcoming season of joy, family, and celebration.

Sister Esther Kennedy, OP

Living with Loss in the Holiday Season: Finding our Way Through will be offered from 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, November 5, 2017. This day of reflection, discussion, and prayer is intended specifically for those who have lost a spouse, child, parent, or other significant loved one. A retreat leader and spiritual director, Sister Esther conducts a monthly Day of Mindfulness at Weber Center.

The cost for the afternoon is $25, with a non-refundable deposit of $10 due at registration. Registration is available by phone, 517-266-4000, and online.

Weber Center is located on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan.

For further information, call Weber Center at 517-266-4000.

DLC Reflective Garden formally dedicated August 25

August 26, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – More than 100 Sisters, donors and friends helped formally dedicate the new Dominican Life Center Reflective Garden on a warm afternoon on August 25.

To begin, Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, welcomed the energy from the Earth and the gifts those energies bring: from the east, the gift of insight; from the south, the gift of compassion; from the west, the gifts of acceptance and courage; from the north, the gift of freedom; and from the center, the gifts of relationship and interconnectedness.

In her remarks Prioress Sister Pat Siemen, OP, welcomed those in attendance and thanked donors and others who helped fund, plan and build the garden.

“We are so delighted that you are here today to celebrate and give witness to the blessing of this garden, which, because it is innately imbued with God’s presence, is already holy,” Sister Pat said. “Our blessing manifests this reality that exists among us.”

The ceremony also included prayer, poetry, a blessing ritual, tours, refreshments, and music by a saxophone quartet.

The Reflective Garden was created especially for Sisters living at the DLC with memory loss. The area is secured by a vinyl fence, which provides safety and reduces distraction. Design features include a prayer garden, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, wide accessible walkways, and raised garden beds for Sisters who want to participate in planting.

More than 1,100 donors contributed $247,000 for the completion of the garden.


To watch a video of the dedication, visit the Adrian Dominican Sisters Facebook page, or see the embedded video below.

Click here to see photos from the event. 

Feature photo: Sister Pat Siemen, Prioress, uses lavender water to bless and dedicate the new Dominican Life Center Reflective Garden during a ceremony August 25.



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