Sister Achievements

Quincy Howard, OPQuincy Howard, OP, was interviewed in a May 28 season two, episode 15 Accidental Tomatoes: Finding Faith beyond the Fences podcast about the For the People Act, a massive piece of voting rights and election reform legislation now before the United States Congress and why it’s important for people of all faiths to know about it and support it. “The For the people Act would place standards for access to the [voting] ballot, 15 days early voting, same-day registration [for voting], and [allowing] access to mail-in ballots. There are election security measures [in the act] about voting machines and how to make sure the system [will be] standardized and modernized and function as well as it can and there are standards set for how elections should, at a baseline, be conducted. The For the People Act would ban partisan gerrymandering and the redistricting process,” said Quincy. “The reforms are overwhelmingly popular across the aisle. This is the bill we’ve been waiting for to clean up our politics.” To listen to more click here.
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Patricia Rogers, OPPatricia Rogers, OP, was featured in several news stories about her retirement from Milwaukee’s Dominican Center for Women. In a June 8 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article titled “Sister Patricia Rogers has quietly helped residents in the Amani neighborhood for 10 years; That’s only part of her story,” Patricia said, “Everyone who has worked with me knows my mantra. It’s being with the people, not over the people. It’s not just a chair at the table, it has to be a voice and a vote.” During her time at the Dominican Center, property crime in Amani fell 41 percent from 2015 to 2019, while violent crime dropped 23 percent during the same time period. “Sister made it possible to have a bridge to the police department, said Octavia Parker, and Amani resident. “The relationships that she formed, I formed, we formed, should continue and that’s the seed that she planted with the residents.” To read more click here and for more also click here.
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Mary Ann Miller, OPMary Ann Miller, OP, was featured in a May 12 Archdiocese of Omaha’s Catholic Voice newspaper in an article titled “Religious communities pull through pandemic: Suffering, mourning, adapting and learning typify experiences.” Mary Ann said she experienced a feeling of extreme isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It was overwhelming,” she said as she was unable to see her Omaha relatives because of health risks. After months of living alone, Mary Ann moved to Sinsinawa Mound. “It was probably one of the best decisions I’ve made.” To read more click here.
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Christina Heltsley, OPChristina Heltsley, OP, was featured in recent news stories as the St. Francis Center in Redwood City, CA, where she serves as executive director opened their doors to hold vaccination clinics for the community. In a May 25 article in the San Mateo Daily Journal titled “Redwood City tweens take their turn: Holy Family 7th graders encourage community to get vaccinated and hope for a return to normal,” Christina said, “[The students] have been incredible ambassadors. They bring their parents along . . . because they are able to articulate the since behind [receiving the vaccination].” The staff and students are prepared to help educate others on the safety of the various vaccines while debunking conspiracies. Half of the school’s students are now vaccinated, and she is proud of her students who are encouraging others to receive the vaccine. To read more click here and to listen to a 90-second radio story click here.
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Theresa Thomas, OPPriscilla Wood, OP, was interviewed for a June 6 article in the Dubuque (IA) Telegraph Herald titled “Queen of the Rosary Chapel: Spiritual fire and light.” The newspaper chose to highlight the stained glass art in the chapel as part of a series on stained glass in tristate area worship spaces. “See those sparks of light?” Priscilla asked. “Sister Teresita Kelly had the glassmaker spiral down into the thick glass so in every window there are pockets of these tiny pieces of thin glass that become bursts of light. Her point was that stained glass is only beautiful when the light hits it. It has no purpose except to be illuminated. . . . Each window weighs about 850 pounds. Every window has a theme. One of those themes is the rosary. The windows on the east are joy, the center is the passion and death and resurrection of Jesus, and then the depiction of eternal life and the glory.” To read more click here.
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Theresa Thomas, OPKathleen Hayes, OP, was quoted in a Feb. 6 article titled “Local businessman, volunteer receives Book of Golden Deeds award” in the Southern Minnesota newspaper group’s weekly publication. Kathleen said longtime Faribault resident Ken Stassen received the Faribault Noon Exchange Club’s Book of Golden Deeds award in part because of his work at Divine Mercy Church. “He’s really an unsung hero,” she said. “He helps the community function.” To read more click here.
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Marcella Hermesdorf, OPMarcella Hermesdorf, OP, assistant professor of English at Dominican University (DU), River Forest, IL, received DU’s Golden Rose of Charity during the faculty recognition ceremony on April 23. For the past four decades, Marcella has taught students and her faculty colleagues how to be part of a good and caring community. Her award citation credits her “humility, enduring compassion for others, including the Dominican community, as well as her excellent teaching, deep listening, and many years of steady service.” To see Marci with her award click here.
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