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Adrian Radio Station Broadcasts from Literacy Center’s Reclaimed Home

Until very recently, the ground floor of the St. Joseph Academy building was silent except for the voices and work of crews fixing up a space that had been devastated by a flood in January 2014. Now, a week after it had reopened, the Adrian Rea Literacy Center was filled with the sounds of joy and excitement. 


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Meet Sister Rosemary Zuccaro, OP, Great Lakes Dominican Mission Chapter

Born and raised in the Cleveland area, Sister Rosemary Zuccaro, OP, has returned to nearby Seven Hills, Ohio, to take care of her 103-year-old mother, Sarah (Sally) Zuccaro.


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U.S. Dominican Sisters Returning from Journey of Solidarity with Sisters and Displaced Persons of Iraq

Three U.S. Dominican Sisters have completed their 10-day journey of solidarity with the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, originally of Mosul, Iraq, but now displaced in the northern Iraq region of Erbil. The delegation—Adrian Dominican Sister Durstyne “Dusty” Farnan, OP, and Sisters Marcelline Koch, OP, (Springfield, Illinois, Dominican) and Arlene Flaherty (Blauvelt, New York, Dominican) will arrive home today, January 15.


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Rosarian Students Paint their Hearts out to Help Local Woman and Disabled Daughter

Led by Rosarian Academy’s National Junior Honor Society, 25 middle school students spent Saturday, January 10, painting the West Palm Beach home of a woman in her 80’s and her disabled daughter.


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Former Adrian Dominican Prioress Named First Female President of Catholic Charities USA

Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation, has been selected to serve as the next President of Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA). The first woman chosen for this position, she succeeds Rev. Larry Snyder and will officially assume office as CCUSA’s 10th president on June 1, 2015.


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Siena Heights Ranked in Top 25 for Online Learning

Siena Heights University’s Online Learning Programs were ranked as the best in Michigan among private institutions and 25th nationally by the U.S. News and World Report.


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Sister Mary Keefe Profiled in High School Alumni Magazine

The dedicated life of Sister Mary Keefe, OP, was spotlighted in the Winter 2015 issue of the alumni magazine for her high school, Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, California.


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Dominican Sisters Reflect on their Mission as Delegation to Iraq

“And now I prepare for a visit to meet the internally displaced refugees called Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Mosul. It is very difficult to comprehend how they are living in containers just like their people. It seems as if God has asked them to re-enact the night Christ was born in a manager some 2,000 years ago.”


Sister Patricia Ann (Michael Francis) Hurley, OP

January 2, 2015


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Retiring Dignity Health Executive Cites Focus on Adrian Dominican Vision

Rod A. Davis, retiring from his position as Senior Vice President of Operations for Dignity Health Nevada, cites his commitment to the vision of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.


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Adrian Dominican Community Blesses Child on her Way to her Adoptive Home

A special Christmas gift came to 10-year-old “Aubrie” two days before Christmas as she moved to what she hopes will be her “forever home” north of Detroit. The day before her move, she was blessed by the assembly at the 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Catherine Chapel, on the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse campus.


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Sister Nadiya Shamees Graduates from Barry’s Physician’s Assistant Program

Sister Nadiya Shamees’ recent attainment of her master’s in clinical medical science from Barry University will directly benefit her community – the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine – when she serves as a physician’s assistant at her community’s hospital in Iraq.


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Meet Sister Jerome Mary (Jeri) Renner, OP, Dominican West Mission Chapter

Unlike many Sisters who spent their early years as elementary school teachers, Sister Jeri Renner, OP, has spent much of her ministerial life serving in health care: in the clinical laboratory,  administration, and spiritual care.


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Rosarian Academy Celebrates 50 Years of Dramatic Excellence

Rosarian Academy will celebrate the 50th anniversary of its theater on Saturday, February 28, 2015, with the Royal Rosarian Talent Showcase.


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Parish Outreach Program Raises $48,000

Star of the Sea Mission Outreach, which provides more than 1 million pounds of food per year to 8,000 people, raised more than $48,000 in its first gala fund-raising event.


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Sister Pat Walter Serves on Panel of Authors of Recent Book on Apostolic Visitation of U.S. Sisters

Sister Patricia Walter, OP, PhD, former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, recently spoke as a member of a panel of some of the 11 authors of the recently released book, The Power of Sisterhood.


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Seven Adrian Dominican Sisters Participate in Nuns’ Build

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, seven Adrian Dominican Sisters helped to rebuild six homes. Sisters Sharon Spanbauer, Joan Mary, Jean Keeley, Mary Keefe, Carol Fleming, Carol Elya, and Dorothy Dempsey were participating in Nuns’ Build, held in mid-November.


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Sister Pat Harvat Sees Religious Life as Response to Jesus’ Invitation: “Come and See”

Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat, OP, writes of her vision of religious life as a response to Jesus’ invitation in the Gospel of John to “come and see” where he is staying.


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Sister Pat Siemen Writes on the “Great Work” of our Time

The “great work” of our time is “to reestablish our connection to nature and work toward sustainable lifestyles and systems that reverse the destruction we are currently inflicting on the planet,” Sister Pat, OP, Siemen writes.  


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Barry President Sister Linda Bevilacqua to Attend White House Announcement on Higher Education

Barry University, represented by President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, is joining President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden along with approximately 100 college presidents and higher education leaders at a special White House gathering on December 4 to announce new actions to help more students prepare for and graduate from college. The event continues through Thursday afternoon and can be viewed via live stream: WhiteHouse.gov/College-Opportunity


Nancy Murray