The Adrian Dominican Sisters produce a number of print and electronic publications annually, as well as video recordings of special presentations. Below are some of our more recent publications.
Counting Our Blessings (2016-2017)
Gratitude and Grace (2015-2016)
Your Generosity, Our Service (2014-2015)
Collaborating for the Common Good (2013-2014)
Your Generosity, Our Service August 2017 Newsletter (pdf)
Your Generosity, Our Service February 2017 Newsletter (pdf)
Your Generosity, Our Service August 2016 Newsletter (pdf)
Horizon 2030: Climate Change (pdf)
A guide to understanding climate change at this crucial time in history, including steps we can take to reduce our carbon footprint. Written by Elise García, OP.
Immigration: An Initiative for our Times (pdf)
A 52-page booklet, produced by the Adrian Dominican Justice Promoters, designed to walk people through a theological reflection on the issue of immigration in our times.
Published each summer, VOICES takes a deeper look at the Mission and Ministry of our Congregation. In light of the four Enactments adopted at the 2016 General Chapter, the 2017 issue of this publication provides a snapshot of how our Sisters, Associates, Sponsored Institutions, Ministry Trust grants, and community investments already are engaged in areas related to those Enactments. Future issues of Voices will examine each Enactment at a deeper level.
Summer 2017 (online & pdf download)
Snapshot as we begin Enactments of General Chapter 2016
Summer 2016 (pdf)
Our 800+ years of Dominican history through the lens and experience of Dominican women.
Summer 2015 (pdf)
“We commit to live simply and sustainably for the sake of the whole Earth community.” Commitment, General Chapter 2010
Summer 2014 (pdf)
“We commit to study worldviews and emerging theologies informed by science and our suffering world.” Commitment, General Chapter 2010
Summer 2013 (pdf)
“We commit to claim our moral authority to speak truth in Church and society in the spirit of Catherine of Siena.” Commitment, General Chapter 2010
Summer 2012 (pdf)
“We commit to open our hearts to the other and deepen our understanding of diverse cultures and beliefs.” Commitment, General Chapter 2010
Summer 2011 (pdf)
Rising Spirit: Impact of Vatican II on Adrian Dominican Sisters
Published quarterly, the Permaculture electronic newsletter, Growing Awareness, features updates about the Adrian Dominican Sisters' permaculture site on the Motherhouse campus, along with educational write-ups on different species and permaculture best practices.
Published quarterly, the Portfolio Advisory Board electronic newsletter features stories about the socially responsible activities of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, including community investments and shareholder resolutions.
Published three times a year, this electronic newsletter highlights stories from educational, literacy, and healthcare institutions sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
The links below open up to video recordings of special presentations.
In response to questions posed by some of our Sisters about how to engage together on difficult issues from an informed conscience, Sister Attracta Kelly, former Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, began to work with other Dominicans to gather women among us with the relevant professional expertise to reflect together on conscience – its history in Church teaching, its formation, and its exercise in our lives.
The result is this 30-minute DVD, “A Matter of Conscience,” featuring Sisters Arlene Flaherty, OP (Blauvelt), Anneliese Sinnott, OP (Adrian), and Lucy Vázquez, OP (de’ Ricci), who offer necessarily brief but rich insights to stimulate further thought, personal reflection, and discussion.
Within the complex and nuanced context of life and mission today, how can we support our individual and communal efforts to inform and exercise our conscience?
What inhibits our "speaking to the church?" Are there other ways to exercise our call and responsibility?
What societal issues do we need to be informed about and speak to clearly?
What is the truth to which we are called? How do we responsibly hold to that truth?
– Arlene Flaherty, OP, is a Justice Promoter and Educator who has engaged in social justice work with various faith-based organizations for more than 30 years. A Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, she holds two Master’s degrees and a D.Min. in theology.
– Anneliese Sinnott, OP, is a Professor of Theology and Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry Program at the Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit, Michigan. A Dominican Sister of Adrian, she holds a M.Div. and a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology.
– Lucy Vázquez, OP, a Past President of the Canon Law Society of American, serves as a canonical consultant to religious congregations and dioceses nationally. A Dominican Sister of St. Catherine de’ Ricci, she holds a Licentiate and Doctorate in Canon Law.
August 6, 2016, marked the second anniversary of the ISIS attack on villages of the Nineveh Plain. The attack resulted in the flight of tens of thousands of Yazidis, Iraqi Christians, including Dominican Sisters, and other minorities from their homes.
Just days before the anniversary, Sister Nadiya Shamees, OP, a Dominican Sister from the Congregation of St. Catherine in Iraq, arrived in the United States for a month of study and rest.
We interviewed Sister Nadiya and asked her questions that were on our hearts.
Do you have a small amount of money that you would like to invest in keeping with your social values and sense of justice? Do you simply want to understand the concept of “socially responsible investing”?
If you have answered “yes” to any of these questions, the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Portfolio Advisory Board (PAB) might be offering just what you’re seeking. This presentation offers tips on such steps as setting up investment filters, taking into account such factors as which types of investments you would like to avoid and which you would like to support, as well as information on how you, the small investor, can influence the behavior of corporations. The presentation also includes links to resources that can provide deeper information in such areas as the use of mutual funds, issues that are frequently involved in the considerations of socially responsible investors, and how institutions are handling their investments.
Dominican, mystic. Catherine
experienced passing through
the cross, emerging into
limitless Love, incomparable
Light—God. In these
experiences she became
changed, wanting nothing
other than to be poured out
in utter response.
by Barbara Chenicek, OP
It all began
a long time ago.
Wanting to be only in God.
Such gift, Ocean of Being,
Light beyond light, unruptured
Love within savagery
of the cross.
But who can know the ecstacy
of that singular moment when,
seized by the unutterable Spirit,
aflame with God-fire, sheathed
in light, rough-shod I walked
skies widened beyond
In me, the broken cross,
In me, the ravaged poor,
In me, the impassioned God
becoming Word for the
Beloved—the torn and
Wild-winged cry of the
One who loves,
be in our roads, our skies,
We meet Catherine here, in
this tapestry, at an incomparable
moment. She is not facing us—
but having passed through the
great broken arms of the cross,
is taken hold of, seized by the
Spirit, impelled to go beyond
the skies of Siena, to be
the Word she is called to be.
Shafts of light enfold her.
God, the fire within.
We glimpse rivers, terrain
beneath her, see fragments of
her white habit flying, and with
her the ragged vestiges of the
poor she so loves and serves.
Her cloak streams behind her,
bearing to us—
fire and Word.
A fabric-applique tapestry that
brings the presence of St.
Catherine of Siena to her
patronal space. Barbara
Chenicek, OP, originated the
concept, developing it with
Rita Schiltz, OP, who brought
the tapestry into being.
Created over forty months,
the 6' 7" x 16' 8" tapestry is
comprised of more than
This tapestry is not about a
tapestry. It is a summoning
of Catherine, a call to her,
that she might call us out
from what we are
to what, in the Spirit,
we are called to be.
Text drawn from the Catherine Tapestry
brochure created by INAI Studio.
© 2009 Adrian Dominican Sisters
A conversation with Vandana Shiva, PhD, recorded by Sisters Pat Siemen and Corinne Sanders at Navdanya in northern India, on the international movement to create places for healing and renewal in the face of global economic, environmental, religious, and ethnic/racial violence. Sisters Pat and Corinne engage Dr. Shiva's thought in relationship to General Chapter 2016 during an evening presentation at Weber Center (April 20, 2015).
A five-minute segment of the interview with Dr. Shiva, titled Earth Laws: False Separation, False Superiority, is posted below.
Amid the Alien Corn by Sister Mary Philip Ryan, OP
Volume I, the early years (1879-1924)
$10.00 plus tax/shipping
Seeds Scattered and Grown by Sister Nadine Foley, OP
Volume II, 1924-1933
$12.00 plus tax/shipping
To Fields Near and Far by Sister Nadine Foley, OP
Volume III, 1933-1961
$15.00 plus tax/shipping
For ordering information, contact the Weber Center Shop at 517-266-4035.
A Living Journey was produced for the Congregation’s 125th anniversary in May 2009. The 28-minute historical documentary combines text, poetry, historical photos, and music (composed and performed by the Adrian Dominican Sisters) to present a moving history of the Congregation. Copies of the DVD are available through Weber Gift Shop, 517-266-4035 or