Dominican Vision June 2018 Index
On the Cover (see above)
Sister Isabel Rafferty, OP, created the pencil-on-paper image on the cover. She said, “‘Where are we as a Congregation on our journey to becoming an antiracist institution?’ This is the question that generated the cover image. As we look into the mirror, what do we see in 2018? What have we learned on our individual and collective journeys?”
Praying for a Miracle
“Our Sinsinawa Congregation began to articulate steps to address the evil of racism in the early 1990s.”
As I reflect on our failure to recognize that every person is made in God’s image, a woman who was one of our elders in the Anawim Center community, Chicago, comes to mind. I came to know her during the six years I served there. The center continues today as the St. Kateri Center, a ministry among Native Americans under the auspices of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Read more . . .
Journeys of Hope and Pain
Belonging means having a place where one is cherished and respected. We as a human race have not done well in this regard, often excluding others in order to feel more significant. One of the ways we do this is through the myth of race. Our focus this issue is on our Congregation’s journey of becoming an antiracist institution. It is a long, difficult path, and we stumble along the way. Read more . . .
'Are We There Yet?'
The Perennial Question
“Are we there yet?” Five minutes later: “Are we almost there?” I remember asking these questions of my parents as a youngster on multiple trips in the family car to visit relatives or to a vacation for a week in northern Wisconsin. Some of you may be asking the same question about antiracism as it relates to our Congregation’s efforts to become “an antiracist, multicultural institution.” Read more . . .
Tending to the Work of Becoming Antiracist
“I did not want to face the inner racist attitudes that were so cunningly hidden within myself.”
The gardener in me is always grateful for the resilience of spring. Each springtime, I marvel how plants that in their dormancy looked nearly dead rebound back. Sometimes I believe plants have died and shall not return. Year after year this cycle continues. In fact, oftentimes this cycle proves the plants come back even stronger and bolder. Read more . . .
Inclusion Essential at Visitation School
“All are welcome! ¡Bienvenidos!”
Visitation School on Chicago’s south side was established in 1891 by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in response to a request by the founding pastor, Rev. Daniel F. McGuire. At that time, the area was populated largely by Irish immigrants. Five Sisters were sent, and 70 children appeared on the first day. Before long, over 200 students filled the small school and more Sisters arrived. From that small beginning, Visitation grew to a population of over 2,000 students in the 1950s. Read more . . .
Repairer of the Breach
“The rift in our society is ours as a beloved community to mend.”
Recently at Sinsinawa Mound we had an excellent, eye-opening Tri-State Food Summit, “Telling the New Story: Race, Food, Agriculture.” I found myself facing the uncomfortable truth of history and the painful realization of our/my own complicit part in this story. Read more . . .
Learning about Implicit Bias
“It is actually a slow, arduous, and difficult trek.”
The Congregation decision in 2000 to undertake the effort to become an antiracist institution certainly fits well with the social justice work we have been doing since the days of our founder, Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP. The effort is different in that it requires a change within ourselves as we recognize the importance of how we shape the narrative of racial equity in this country. Read more . . .
Unveiling the Layers in Our Country’s History
“Racism is built into the DNA of America.”
Racism is a sin that has literally been white washed in our country’s history. This may be very disturbing to hear, as it was for me. I came to realize that racism goes way beyond the simple list of prejudices and stereotypes that make us uncomfortable around persons of another race. Read more . . .
Undoing Racism: ‘The Fierce Urgency of Now’
“Becoming an antiracist Congregation may extend 20 or 30 years!”
If Fr. Samuel [Mazzuchelli, OP, our founder] were actually present among us these days, what would he have to say to us? I found among the enactments which we proposed and passed what seemed to be his message to us; it is one of particular significance: “WE COMMIT OURSELVES BOTH PERSONALLY AND CONGREGATIONALLY TO BECOME AN ANTIRACIST, MULTICULTURAL INSTITUTION.” Read more . . .
Focus on Gratitude
Sister Denise Landers, OP, moved to Sinsinawa Mound after teaching for 35 years in San Antonio, TX. She is grateful to have a lift chair in her bedroom. Sr. Denise said, “I pray for our benefactors every time I sit in my chair! It’s where I sleep; I get a healthy night’s sleep every night because of our donors. Getting this lift chair was like God showing up to help me.” Read more . . .