Spectrum January 2018 Index
On the Cover (see above)
Kathy Flynn, OP, organized a jar-filling event at Sinsinawa Mound Dec. 5 for Opening Doors, a nonprofit organization where she ministers with homeless women and children at Maria House and Teresa Shelter in Dubuque, IA. Women and children living at Maria House and Teresa Shelter along with tristate area Sisters volunteered to fill jars with cookie and cocoa mixes that were sold during the holiday season. All proceeds from sales benefited the women and children at Opening Doors. The group filled 144 jars of cocoa and 84 jars of cookie mix. Clockwise, from top left: A volunteer ties a bow on a jar of cookie mix. Srs. Dorothy Victor, Ellie Hoffmann, and Ana Luisa Cespedes place lids and cloth covers on jars. Tags on each jar read “Your caring and kindness makes me feel warm.” Sr. Kathy opens a bucket with ingredients for Brooklyn. Photos by Tricia Buxton.
Dominican High School
Srs. Peggy, Marian Recognized for Service
There was no shortage of surprises for Peggy Brennan, OP (pictured at right), and Marian Gibbons, OP (second from left), on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Their day began with an all-school Mass at Dominican High School (DHS), Whitefish Bay, WI, where they were honored for their years of service at DHS and in the surrounding community. Archbishop Jerome Listecki (center) presided at the Mass. Read more . . .
Conference Attendees Embrace Diversity
Several Sinsinawa Dominicans attended the Center for the Study of Consecrated Life conference titled “Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life” Nov. 2–5 at Catholic Theological Union. Read more . . .
Excelencia in Higher Education
Dominican University (DU) was honored in November to be recognized with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s St. John Paul II Award during its 2017 Noche de Gala. Dominican University was commended for its sustained support of Hispanic and undocumented students—a commitment that has brought the university regional and national attention. Read more . . .
8th Day Center for Justice Closing
Sisters Reflect on Congregation’s Involvement
A Year of Gratitude will be celebrated as 8th Day Center for Justice (8DCJ), Chicago, prepares to close in September 2018. The year began with A Gathering of Gratitude held Sept. 30, 2017, in Evanston, IL. Several Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa took part in the event. Sisters who have ministered with 8DCJ were remembered and honored. Read more . . .
Conference Promotes Inclusivity
In November, Colleen Settles, OP, and Director of Sponsorship Rita Cutarelli joined leaders of religious congregations that sponsor educational institutions for a conference focused on race in Maryland titled “Equity and Inclusion in Religiously Sponsored Schools.” Read more . . .
Sisters Celebrate Program South
Sinsinawa Dominicans were present with nearly 200 supporters who gathered to celebrate the success of Sisters Program South, a drop-in center in Milwaukee. Read more . . .
Survival in Jeopardy
Saving Monarch Butterflies
Readers over 50 will recall times in our backyard where we held out our hand, and to our delight, a monarch butterfly which had been flittering about our head would alight on our raised finger. This thrill can be experienced today by visiting a live butterfly exhibit in a botanical garden. A greenhouse in the nature center outside Cedar Rapids, IA, is dedicated to raising monarchs from egg to caterpillar to chrysalis and finally to the emergence of the ready-to-fly monarch butterfly. This cycle takes four weeks. Read more . . .
DU’s Commitment to Immigrants
On Nov. 11, the Archdiocese of Chicago celebrated the vitality of the Hispanic community at Drury Lane, in Oak Brook, IL. Dominican University (DU), River Forest, IL, was an award recipient for its commitment to standing in solidarity with immigrants for decades. Read more . . .
Edgewood College Named ‘Best for Vets’
Military Times website has placed Edgewood College (EC) on its “best colleges 2018” rankings. Formerly known as Best for Vets, the rankings are based on the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Read more . . .
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Celebrating Visionary Excellence
Every Feb. 5, the Congregation honors our Four Cornerstones, those early Sisters who faced a turning point: disband because of poverty, hardship, and few members or go forward into an unknown future with hope. Read more . . .
Reflecting on Relationships
The Office of Development and the Relationships for Mission Team cohosted a Morning of Reflection on Nov. 4 at St. James Parish in Rockford, IL. Read more . . .