On Feb. 23, Patricia Rogers, OP, was named as one of three recipients of the 33rd Annual Black Excellence Awards, recognizing ground-breaking African Americans from around the Milwaukee area that are serving communities, inspiring peers, and transforming lives. Pat received the Social Service Award for her leadership at the Dominican Center for Women. In presenting the award, Fr. Mike Bertram noted, “The Dominican Center addresses issues of adult education, housing, and community development in the Amani neighborhood where the center is situated.” The article stated, “The most joyful aspect of Sr. Rogers’ work is when they can connect residents to needed resources and they are able to take control of their situation.” An article about the awards ceremony appeared in the March 14 Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s Catholic Herald. Click here to honor this Sister.
Laurie Brink, OP, was interviewed by Catholic News Service and featured in Catholic newspapers across the country in March for her insights on the upcoming movie, Paul, Apostle of Christ. How much of St. Paul’s letters can be attributed to him “depends on who you ask,” said Laurie. She listed Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, and Philemon as letters that were definitely penned by the saint. Laurie credits the filmmakers for bringing attention to St. Paul as a significant figure in Catholic faith history.
Laurie also preached on the seven last words of Jesus at St. James Cathedral, Seattle, WA, on Good Friday and was featured in a podcast titled “Woman, behold your son” on the cathedral podcast website. Click here to honor this Sister.
Christina Heltsley, OP, was featured in a March 20 article in the San Mateo Daily Journal titled “St. Francis Center gathers donation for housing.” Stanford University made a $1 million donation to help St. Francis Center purchase and rehab an apartment complex for low-income tenants in Redwood City, CA. As executive director of St. Francis Center, Christina is spearheading a $9.5 million fundraising effort to purchase the building which is near shopping centers and public transit, but said the building “needs serious rehab to make it safe, clean, and dignified.” They hope the apartments are ready for tenants by November. Click here to honor this Sister.
Marilyn Aiello, OP, was honored April 26 at Celebrating the Dream and the Dreamer: A Celebration of the Founding Visionaries of Franklin Primary Health Center in Mobile, AL. She was a founding member of the health center and was thanked for being a supportive trailblazer who believed in the vision. Click here to honor this Sister.
Mary Ann Casey, OP, was interviewed for an April 11 article that appeared in the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Chicago Catholic newspaper titled “Faith is strong for WGN’s Dina Bair.” Mary Ann and Dina ministered together in religious education at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Wilmette, IL. “Seventh grade can be a challenging age group to teach,” said Mary Ann. “Dina was a wonderful example to that age group. She always began or ended her lessons with prayer. She spoke from her heart. . . . They saw that witness, that this is somebody who prays with the community, volunteers to teach, and is a professional person. She exuded her faith with the kids.” Click here to honor this Sister.
Sister Rhonda Miska is one of more than 50 Catholic authors in the book, A Pope Francis Lexicon, published by Liturgical Press in February. She was asked to write on the topic of “refugee” in relation to Pope Francis’ papacy. “My chapter is dedicated to my colleague, immigration attorney Yer Vang who herself came to this country with refugee status. It’s an honor to ‘preach truth’ by giving voice to dignity, beauty, and resilience of some of the refugees and immigrants I have been blessed to accompany over the years. I hope this helps to counter the xenophobia in our nation and world as well as to promote Pope Francis’ vision of human dignity and welcome of our refugee brothers and sisters as missionary disciples,” said Rhonda. Click here to honor this Sister.