Sister Achievements

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Kathy Flynn, OPKathy Flynn, OP, was featured in the Oct. 30 edition of the Dubuque, IA, Telegraph Herald in an article titled, “Working to provide hope for future.” As director of job skills training and Just Like Home cottage industry at Opening Doors, Kathy is launching a product line of cookie and cocoa mixes that will be prepared by women at Maria House and Teresa Shelter in Dubuque. Kathy said the women will also be involved in marketing and selling the Just Like Home products. “The goal for these women is to get secure housing and live independently,” said Kathy. “This program can help provide them with the job skills they need to do that.” Click here to honor this Sister.

Patricia Rogers, OPPatricia Rogers, OP, was featured in the Nov. 17 issue of the Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service (MNNS) in an article titled, “Dominican Center’s Sister Patricia Rogers ‘helps people find their strength.’” The article stated that Pat’s role at the Dominican Center in the Amani neighborhood has enabled her to touch the lives of countless people. “A lot of people talk a great game, but her actions really do speak louder than words,” said an executive director of a nearby youth and family center. “I believe that if you educate a woman, you have educated a whole community,” said Pat. The MNNS also recognized the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation for being part of an interfaith collaborative group that encouraged the creation of a drop-in center for women in crisis in the Milwaukee area.

Pat was also featured in the December issue of Milwaukee Magazine in an article titled “Come together.” The magazine interviewed five Milwaukeeans about race and what can be done to form a more perfect union after a summer of unrest in the city. Pat asked, “How do we, as Catholics, address the issue of racism in Milwaukee? Yes, the church is doing good things. But do we really know the people we are trying to help? That’s the challenge.” Click here to honor this Sister.

Mary Margaret Pazdan, OPMary Margaret Pazdan, OP, contributed to A Handbook for Catholic Preaching. The book “covers the role of the Scriptures in preaching, the challenges of preaching in a digital age, sermonizing in an interfaith context, and the need for a liberative and prophetic word that cuts across denominations and even faith traditions.” Her article is titled, “The ‘New Hermeneutics.’” It is available from Liturgical Press. Click here to honor this Sister.

Kathleen Long, OPKathleen Long, OP, was featured in a Dec. 1 article in Wisconsin’s Racine Journal Times titled, “Locals protest Dakota pipeline project.” A group of more than 25 water protectors gathered at the corner of Memorial Drive and State Street to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline project. As one of the event speakers, she asked the crowd, “How many years do we have to disrespect the rights of our native people in this country?” Click here to honor this Sister.

Yvonne Feeney, OP; Pam Mitchell, OP; Christin Tomy, OP; Kathy Flynn, OP; and Candidate Rhonda Miska were featured in the Nov. 16 edition of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald in an article titled “Pipeline protest comes to Dubuque.” They and other Sinsinawa Dominicans joined a large group outside US Bank, one of the funders of the Dakota Access Pipeline project, and chanted “Water is life.” KWWL NBC 7 News also featured the Dubuque demonstration as their lead story on Nov. 16.

Rhonda was also featured in a Nov. 14 article in National Catholic Reporter titled “Young adult Catholics discuss their search for community, identity.” She served on a panel during this year’s Call to Action keynote presentation.

Two new books by Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters are available for purchase from Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery. It is open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. or online anytime at

Fifty Plus: Haiku
Winifred Morgan, OPWinifred Morgan, OP,
delights readers with her collection of more than 50 clever, insightful haiku poems. She has published haiku regularly since the 1970s and is an emerita professor from Edgewood College, Madison, WI. The book features illustrations by Joeann Daley, OP.


In Good Humor: Lighter Moments from Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
Marie Virginia Walters, OPMarie Virginia Walters, OP,
shares hundreds of humorous true stories told by Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters through the years with her new book. From the Sisters’ days as teachers at Catholic schools around the nation to their current ministries helping those in need, readers will delight in each memory shared and receive a glimpse into the lives of Catholic Sisters.

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