Spectrum January 2022 Index

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On the Cover

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Stair Crest senior living community in Muskego, WI, was held Nov. 15, 2021. Toni Harris, OP (fourth from left), was on hand with others involved in the building project for the event. The building will include 80 senior apartments, 20 assisted living apartments, and 20 memory care apartments. The community is named in honor of Lois Stair, the first woman elected as moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.

Setting Out Anew
Dominicans in the Americas

This year, we celebrate 200 years since the foundation of the first Dominican Sisters Congregation in the Americas. The Dominican Friars had been serving in the Americas since 1510. Passing on these stories was an important part of this year’s new joint board of directors orientation session for our Sinsinawa Sponsored Schools. The following excerpts come from a presentation shared by Executive Director of Sponsorship Rita Cutarelli, EdD. Read more . . .


Celebrating 175 Years


In each issue of Sinsinawa Spectrum in 2022, we will print reflections from Sisters who responded to the question, What do you love most about being a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa? Read more . . .

Appreciating Art


In November, several Sisters visited the pop-up art gallery in Madison that is coordinated by Isabel Rafferty, OP. The exhibit space will be closed for a time and reopen in March. Read more . . .

Dominican News
Dominican Volunteers USA to End in 2022


Thank you for your support of Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) these past many years. Know that your prayers and actions have been invaluable in making this program a success. As a valued member of the DVUSA community, we want you to know at the end of July 2022, DVUSA will be closing its doors after an illustrious 20-year history. Read more . . .

Peace & Justice
Ministry at the US-Mexico Border

Since August, there have been five different groups of Dominican Sisters, Associates, and friends of Sinsinawa volunteering at the border in our name at Catholic Charities Respite Center in McAllen, TX. Read more . . .


Providence Prayer Origins

The first recorded mention of our Providence prayer is in the 1918 annals of the Villa des Fougeres, Fribourg, Switzerland. Teresita Hession, OP (1867–1936), was the annalist, having been one of the four Sisters who arrived during the war in the fall of 1918. Read more . . .

Minding the Gap at Edgewood High School


A prominent sign in Sue Richards’ office at Edgewood High School (EHS), Madison, WI, reads “Mind the Gap,” inspiration for “exploring what’s not there and what could be’’ through opportunities that await us through new doors, especially those that open with a pandemic. How we proceed matters. Sue proceeding with compassion has made all the difference. Read more . . .

Honoring Donna Carroll


The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa thanked Donna Carroll (left) for her 27 years of service as the first lay president of Dominican University, River Forest, IL, during an Oct. 28 evening prayer service at Sinsinawa Mound. Patty Gallagher, OP, recognized Donna for her “superior leadership, extraordinary service, and continuing friendship.” Read more . . .

Donating to Refugees at Fort McCoy


In October, Reg McKillip, OP (right), and Laura Goedken, OP (left), coordinated donations from Sinsinawa Mound for Afghanistan refugees at Fort McCoy, WI, where many of them are staying. “As Sisters at the Mound downsize, move to another location, or go to God, items such as large suitcases are no longer needed,” said Laura. Read more . . .

Sisters Celebrate Edgewood Connections

In December, many Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in southern Wisconsin were invited to the home of Andrew and Amy Manion for a holiday open house. Read more . . .

Peace & Justice
Seeking justice in DC


On Dec. 3, Peggy Ryan, OP, joined with 80 other religious Sisters and additional justice seekers from across the United States in Washington, DC, to remind President Joseph Biden of his commitment to eliminate the use of public law Title 42. Read more . . .

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