Sister Achievements

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Mary Paynter, OPMary Paynter, OP, was featured on the Englewood Review of Books April 11 for reviewing Trinity: A Story of Deep Delight by Anne Marie Mongoven, OP (1927–2017). “Anne Marie Mongoven’s slim (and very readable) book brushes away the highfalutin’ language of erudite theologians as she shares her refreshing insights into this mystery in down-to-Earth language,” wrote Mary. “This book can engage people at any level of religious education because it takes a fresh look and opens a new window of understanding the mysterious and amazing reality that ‘God is Love’ as reflected in the personal experiences of human love and friendship as well as through Scripture.”

Christina Heltsley, OPIn recognition of her devotion, leadership, and compassion, Christina Heltsley, OP, received the San Mateo (CA) County Sherriff’s Community Member Service Award on May 16 honoring her extraordinary contributions and commitment to the North Fair Oaks community. “Your work and dedication as executive director of the St. Francis Center of Redwood City for the past 19 years has not gone unnoticed,” said Sheriff Carlos Bolanos. “You have helped families in need by providing them with affordable housing and endless opportunities to thrive, earning you the respect and admiration of the community. You have worked tirelessly at providing education not only to the children who attend Holy Family School but to their parents as well. Your vision of providing a safe environment for youth to play sports and be healthy is demonstrated daily. Your tenacity, determination, and drive have been instrumental in achieving the creation of 135 housing units where you help low-income families live in dignity and avoid displacement from the area.”

Kathy Long, OPKathy Long, OP, was honored May 13 with the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Award at the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Keep Hope Alive Benefit. The award honors a leader in the immigration ministry’s networks who embodies Mother Cabrini’s missionary and pastoral spirit in tireless service to immigrants. Kathy developed the Advocacy Center for Latino Immigrants and Education in Waukegan, IL, that helps people with literacy tests, English as a second language (ESL) classes, and computer training. “I am grateful for your faithful companionship as we work together as one family of God to keep hope alive,” said Senior National Coordinator of Immigration Elena Segura.

Jo Ann Dold, OP Barbara Hubeny, OPJo Ann Dold, OP, and Barbara Hubeny, OP, were pictured on the Wisconsin Historical Society website with a May article titled “Share Your Voice Platteville: Area Residents Discuss Plans for a New Wisconsin History Museum.” Plans for an updated Wisconsin History Museum on Capitol Square in Madison are being discussed in communities across the state. Jo Ann and Barbara attended the Platteville meeting. A graphic was created using some of the most prominent words and phrases used during the meeting. “Sinsinawa Mound” and “Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters” both made the list!

Peggy Ryan, OPPeggy Ryan, OP, was featured in the National Religious Vocation Conference’s 2019 HORIZON No. 2 Spring magazine. She wrote an article titled “‘Rejoice and be Glad’: The Call of Holiness for All.”



Sister Rhonda MiskaSister Rhonda Miska was featured in a June 2 Flood online magazine article titled “Vows of Passionate Witness.” She stated she cherishes the radical availability to love and serve others through her call to live as a Catholic Sister.



Joan Duerst, OPJoan Duerst, OP, was interviewed in a June 9 episode of For the Record on CBS’ WISC-TV 3. Host Neil Heinen discussed reforming the criminal justice system in the United States with a panel that included Joan, who is a member of Madison Organizing its Strength, Equality, and Solidarity (MOSES), a nonpartisan interfaith organization promoting social justice in the Madison area. MOSES gives new hope to fixing a broken system through policy and task force work. “Our faith inspires us and gives us the strength to do social justice work whether it be in the criminal justice system or in trafficking,” said Joan. “Respect for each individual is very important. Human dignity is key.”

Mary Ellen Green, OPMary Ellen Green, OP, recently participated in the Radio Dubuque’s Power of Positivity campaign and was featured on KDTH AM 1370, KAT FM 92.9, The Rock 97.3, and The River 101.1. She was heard on these stations at various times throughout the day saying, “Catholic Sisters of the tristate area remind you to do random acts of kindness.” Her message aired throughout the month of June.

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