Sisters Respond to Pope’s Change Initiative

by Sister Mary Catherine Rice, OP

In February, the Sinsinawa Dominican Laudato Si’ Committee held two Zoom videoconference gatherings and a couple in-person discussions on Pope Francis’ Oct. 4 exhortation Laudeum Deum. As a result, the Sisters at Stair Crest, Muskego, WI, wanted to know what they could DO in response to the Pope’s urgent request to change their lifestyle in some way. They decided they could collect their empty medicine containers and send them to Matthew 25 Ministries (visit for more information) in Blue Ash, OH. There, the containers will find their way to disaster victims in the U.S. and around the world. Matthew 25 has a processing center in Cincinnati where they collect items to be sent to locations where lives are at imminent risk. They even monitor weather conditions in order to be prepared and “on the ground” with immediate distribution of necessities. Stair Crest Sisters and residents collected over 10 lbs. of containers which will be used to fill and provide several days of medications to those who fled their homes without medication. THANK YOU to Catherine Houtakker, OP, who spearheaded this effort of removing labels and sticky substances, washing, and drying the container and then making sure they got to their ultimate destination.