Spectrum January 2021 Index
On the Cover (see above)
A group of dedicated Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in the Madison area prepared and delivered Thanksgiving meals to other Sisters living in the city since they could not gather as a larger group due to COVID-19 congregation precautions and county mandates. Pictured clockwise from left are Srs. Priscilla Torres, Sheila Fitzgerald, and Mary Rathert delivering meals; Sr. Ginny Pfluger enjoying a meal; and Sr. Nicole Reich delivering meals.
Dominican Sisters and Associates of Sinsinawa joined an alliance of Catholic Sisters and millennials in Wisconsin who called themselves “Election Defenders” to provide a positive, peaceful presence and offer spiritual care to voters throughout the state as concerns regarding voter intimidation and suppression ran high. Read more . . .
Sisters in the Spotlight
Sisters Promote Peace
The whole world has been waiting together for the diminishment of COVID-19 and a viable vaccine. The three of us in Austin, TX, are so grateful for our neighbors, friends, and Dominican laity who have helped us quarantine and stay healthy by bringing us food and continually calling us to see what we need. Read more . . .
Celebrating St. Dominic
The Dominican Family begins the yearlong celebration of the anniversary of St. Dominic’s death from Jan. 6, 2021, to Jan. 6, 2022. The theme for the jubilee celebration is At Table with St. Dominic, which is inspired by the Mascarella table, the table on which the first portrait of St. Dominic was painted shortly after his canonization. Read more . . .
Peace & Justice
Leaders of our Church in the United States of America have proclaimed racism as a sin that blots out the image of God among specific members of the human family (Brothers and Sisters to Us by U.S. Catholic Bishops, 1979). Read more . . .
Sr. Fabian's Special Bond with Student
This article spotlights a remarkable relationship between Fabian Reilly, OP, and famed musician Woody Herman. Read more . . .
Big Plans to Restore Wisconsin Shrine
Sinsinawa Sisters Designed and Created
Mural with Migrant Families
Each Dec. 12, the Catholic faithful celebrate the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, commemorating the 1531 appearance of Mary to Juan Diego on a hillside near Mexico City. While hundreds of years and thousands of miles separate that event and a small plot in Endeavor, WI, there is an important modern-day connection that is playing out as volunteers work tirelessly to save the little-known Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine, located at 409 Prairie Street. Read more . . .
Historical Tour of Mound Architecture
Heritage Works of Dubuque visited Sinsinawa Mound in the fall and created a virtual tour of the buildings that make up the Sinsinawa Dominican Motherhouse. Read more . . .
Project OPUS Releases Book
Exploring Dominican Preaching in the USA
We are happy to announce the release of the second iteration of the History of the Order of Preachers in the United States (OPUS) project, Preaching with Their Lives: Dominicans on Mission in the United States after 1850, on sale from Fordham University Press. Read more . . .
Dominican Farewell at Holy rosary
After a more than 140-year presence at Holy Rosary Parish in Minneapolis, Dominican Friars and Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa were recognized with an outdoor farewell celebration Aug. 30. Read more . . .
Deepening Awareness of Systemic Racism
More than 230 Dominican Sisters and Associates of Sinsinawa attended the Dec. 5 congregation virtual assembly to deepen awareness of systemic racism and white privilege in the United States. Prioress Toni Harris, OP, set the context for the day. Read more . . .