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The Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation was featured in a July 14 edition of the Catholic New York, America’s largest Catholic newspaper. The “May Their Memory Be a Blessing” column featured Father George Barry Ford (1885–1978). He was pastor at Corpus Christi, NY, and was impressed when he saw Sisters attending the nearby Teachers College. When he found out they were Sinsinawa Dominicans, he quickly obtained their services for his own school where they soon set new standards of academic excellence in the elementary schools in the Archdiocese of New York. Father Leo O’Donovan (Jesuit theologian and president emeritus of Georgetown University) who grew up in Corpus Christi in the 1940s said Ford was a “hero” and said the Sinsinawa Dominicans “changed my life forever.” Read more at,22566

Isabel Rafferty, OP
Isabel Rafferty, OP

Sister Isabel Rafferty, OP, was featured on the local NBC and ABC newscasts in Madison this past week when she and Michael Dix, owner of Michael’s Frozen Custard, had an idea to fill one of his vacant properties with a pop-up art gallery. Read more and view videos about this creative venture at and

Sinsinawa MoundLoras College Professor Kevin Koch wrote an article July 8 for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald about the mounds of the driftless area, including Sinsinawa Mound. Read more at

Sisters Louanne Willette, OP; Magery Race, OP; Helen Marie Raycraft, OP; Associates Paula Mckenzie, and Elly Pick. (Missing Sara Roberts)
Sisters Louanne Willette, OP; Magery Race, OP; Helen Marie Raycraft, OP; Associates Paula Mckenzie, and Elly Pick. (Missing Sara Roberts)

Global Sisters Report featured a wonderful picture of Sinsinawa Sisters and Associates working at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this year. In the July 5 article titled “Frontera: Where the limits of a wall and the promise of the unknown intersect,” Sisters LouAnne Willette, OP; Margery Race, OP; and Helen Marie Raycraft, OP, are pictured with Sara Roberts and Associates Paula McKenzie and Elly Pick outside of the Basilica of Our Lady in San Juan del Valle in San Juan, Texas. Read more and see the picture at

Sister Diane Boutet, OP
Diane Boutet, OP

Sister Diane Boutet, OP, had a letter to the editor published June 22 in the Beverly Review. She applauded columnist Scott Reeder for his view on antiracism and the challenge we face together. Read more at



Sister Teresita Kelly, OP
Terisita Kelly, OP

Journalist Amy Gilligan wrote about “hidden gems” in her June 22 column for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald. “I love when I read a story in the Telegraph Herald that teaches me a piece of local history I hadn’t known before. That happened recently when I read Michelle London’s story on the stained glass windows at Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound,” she said. “The story noted that the chapel and all of its windows had been designed by a Dominican Sister, Sister Teresita Kelly, OP, who worked on the project for years. It was a fascinating story about a beautiful chapel space, and made me want to get back there sometime soon to look at the windows more closely.” Read more at

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