Spectrum May 2020 Index
On the Cover (see above)
The world watched as George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, MN, on May 25. The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Leadership Council released a statement regarding his death (click here to read the statement). Jeri Cashman, OP, took pictures in the downtown area of the memorials, murals, and destruction in the city afterward and helped with cleanup efforts.
New Direction for St. Dominic Villa
The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa (Sinsinawa Dominicans, Inc., also known as SDI) entered into a contractual agreement with Marquardt Management Services (MMS) and Southwest Health (SWH) to own and operate St. Dominic Villa. Read more . . .
Legacies of Our Leaders
Recently I looked back at what some of our Sinsinawa Dominican Prioresses and Mothers General did during their terms of office that had long-term effects on the Congregation. Memories of the past give perspective today. It is in that context that I see the key legacy of these leaders. Read more . . .
Native American History at Mound
Sinsinawa Mound is a sacred place with a history that includes not only George Wallace Jones; Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP; and the early Dominican Sisters, but an indigenous history as well. In an effort to learn more about this history and acknowledge it at the beginning of our gatherings, a congregation Land Acknowledgment Committee was established in autumn 2019. Read more . . .
Gratitude Ceremony Celebrates Honorees
Terms End in June
A virtual Gratitude Ceremony was held June 19 for those who have served the Congregation as appointees or in other roles and completed their terms on June 30. Those honored include Diane Kennedy, OP, as Promoter of the Cause of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP; Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP, as a member of the Relationships for Mission Team; Joan McCann, OP, as Ministry Grant Board secretary; and Associate Mary Schneider as a member of the Sponsors Council. Read more . . .
Relationships for Mission
Celebrating 35 Years of
The year 2020 marks 35 years that the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa and Associates have been blessed by a loving, mutual, and mission-centered relationship. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we had to think of a variety of ways to celebrate this milestone. Associates celebrating anniversaries and those who have made lifetime commitments were invited to write a reflection on their years of relationship. The year listed after their name is their initial commitment date. Over the next couple issues of Sinsinawa Spectrum, these reflections will be shared. Enjoy! Read more . . .
North Shore Catholic Schools Gather
DHS Community Attends
Five priests; an archbishop; and 1,400 students, teachers, and guests walk into a gym. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Read more . . .
Two Appointed to Sponsors Council
We are happy to announce that the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Corporate Members (Leadership Council and Congregation Treasurer) have appointed two new members to the Sponsors Council: Trudi Goggin and Jennifer “Jenny” Grantham Stein. Read more . . .
Sister Continues Tradition of Excellence in Music
Over 100 years ago, two women fled to neutral Switzerland to escape the First World War raging in their home countries. One summer day they arrived at the door of the Villa des Fougères in Fribourg, asking to live with our Sisters and students there and offering to teach classes. Read more . . .
Dominican Sisters Launch
Climate Solutions Funds
On the fifth anniversary of the publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’, congregations of Dominican Sisters in the United States announced the launching of a strategic investment initiative in collaboration with Morgan Stanley to address climate change, especially as it affects marginalized communities disproportionately impacted by global warming. The Sisters committed $46,650,000 to the initiative, seeding Climate Solutions Funds that have attracted more than $130 million in capital investments. Read more . . .
Murder of George Floyd Takes Toll on City
The riots and looting destroyed Cub Foods, Target, Kmart, Walgreens, and the small stores where our families shop on Lake Street. The need for food has increased as South Minneapolis has become a food desert. Read more . . .
What Set the World on Fire in 2020
Teenagers weren’t looking to be heroes when a 17-year-old student briefly documented 10 minutes of history with her video. On May 25, this young woman recorded one of the most important and high-profile police murders in America. Read more . . .
COVID-19 Day of Lament
As we marked the death of over 100,000 people in the United States from COVID-19 (504 of those being people in the State of Iowa, and 18 of those deaths in Dubuque County; 539 deaths in Wisconsin with 10 of those in Grant County), Catholic Sisters in the tristate area joined with national faith leaders, the city of Dubuque, and the Archdiocese of Dubuque in remembering all those lost in a National Day of Mourning and Lament June 1. Read more . . .