Spectrum January 2017 Index

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Dominican Sisters traveled to North Dakota in November to join water protectors in calling for an end to the Dakota Access Pipeline project that threatens the water supply of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and of those who live in the Midwest. Sinsinawa Dominicans who traveled to North Dakota were Peggy Ryan, OP; Kathy Long, OP; Julie Schwab, OP; and Evie Storto, OP. Pictured are members of the Standing Rock tribe speaking their truth to those in attendance.

Itinerant Preacher

Sr. Ann Embraces Dominican Family

During this 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order, Ann has been going “anywhere and everywhere to publicly proclaim, to teach, to listen, to learn.” She has offered eight retreats, three parish missions, and 27 talks, all focused on Dominican life and mission. Read more . . .

Mission Integration Committee

Promoting the History, Living the Mission

When a new employee begins working with the Sinsinawa Dominicans, there can be a lot to learn. One may possess personal knowledge about Catholic Sisters or the Church, however, there is a learning curve when it comes to gaining an understanding of what the mission of the Congregation is and how to carry it out in the workplace. Thankfully, there is help in this area at Sinsinawa Mound—the Mission Integration Committee (MIC). Read more . . .

Mesmer Catholic Schools

Portraits in Leadership

Messmer Catholic Schools (MCS), Milwaukee, held their Portraits in Leadership gala Oct. 25. The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and Keith Stanley of Near West Side Partners, Inc., were honored for their contributions to Messmer Catholic Schools. Bishop Donald Hying gave the keynote address. Read more . . .

Quilting

A Community Experience

Lynn Lisbeth, OP, did something many Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters can probably identify with. She started a project with little knowledge of the tasks involved. Lynn had no idea what would become of the project, when it would be complete, or how long it might take. She just began. Read more . . .

Speyer Connections

Ties that Bind Us

In September 2016, Judy Seiberlich, OP, and I had the good fortune to go on a Rhine River cruise. As we prepared for this adventure, we studied the map of all our ports of call. Read more . . .

Edgewood College

Benefiting from Core Values Circles

Life is one long opportunity for continuous improvement in moral development. At Edgewood College, we have five core values to help guide us on our journey: truth, justice, compassion, community, and partnership. Since 2014, “Core Values Circles,” consisting of faculty and staff, have been meeting monthly to confidentially share stories about our personal moral journeys, both successes and challenges. Read more . . .

Encouraging Spirituality

Sr. Lystra Attends Choice Asia in Hong Kong

In October, I attended a Choice Asia Conference in Hong Kong. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine this fantastic opportunity to represent Choice Trinidad and Tobago in Asia. A few months ago, I did not even know that there was Choice Asia! Read more . . .

Fracking

Sisters Witness Bluff Destruction

On Earth Day 2015, the Sinsinawa community promulgated a corporate stance opposing the fracking of natural gas along with the mining of silica (frac) sand. The state of Wisconsin leads the nation in frac sand mining with over 125 facilities, most of which are in west central Wisconsin. Read more . . .

Dakota Access Pipeline

Water Protectors Unite

On Earth Day 2015, the Sinsinawa community promulgated a corporate stance opposing the fracking of natural gas along with the mining of silica (frac) sand. The state of Wisconsin leads the nation in frac sand mining with over 125 facilities, most of which are in west central Wisconsin. Read more . . .

Call and Response of Tradition

Presence at Standing Rock

Deeply embedded in the Dominican tradition is the call to stand in accompaniment with our sisters and brothers who are suffering and with our distressed Earth. Responses to injustice and oppression by members of the Dominican Order throughout these past eight centuries lead us forward today as we face tumultuous political and economic realities. We follow in the footsteps of faithful women and men, both lay and vowed, who have modeled the self-giving love of Christ in their dedication to the gospel of justice, peace, and nonviolence. Read more . . .

Alliance Publications Transfers Ownership

28 Years of Music Collaboration

Alliance Publications, Inc. (API), the music composition business began by Anita Smisek, OP, and Associate Joel Blahnik, transferred ownership Dec. 31, 2016. Anita and Joel had been discussing what to do with the company for about 10 years when a man approached Anita at her music convention booth in Salt Lake City, UT. “The company was unlike others with its focus,” Joel said. They spent the next 18 months working out the details. Anita added, “This is the 28th year of API. We wanted to give it wings and let it fly!” Read more . . .

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