Spectrum July 2021 Index
On the Cover
The annual Sinsinawa Dominicans’ Cornerstones Lecture was held May 15 at Sinsinawa Mound and livestreamed for the public. Dr. Ann Garrido, a Catholic educator since 1991 currently teaching at Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO, presented on “Living Truth: Dominican Practices for the Contemporary World.” She focused on what it means to “live truth” in the current American context where the very word seems to have lost its meaning and offered a path forward during this time. During evening vespers, Toni Harris, OP, presented Sinsinawa Dominican Associate Elly Pick with the Cornerstones Award for her commitment to social justice, advocacy efforts, and volunteerism in the Shorewood (WI) community. Pictured are (clockwise from top left) Ann Garrido and Sr. Priscilla Wood, Sr. Toni Harris, and Elly Pick.
Sister in the Spotlight
Unexpected Stay in Challenging Year
Sr. Tere Finds Ways to Serve
In July 2020, I traveled to Indiantown, FL, from Bolivia for what I thought would be a short time. To my surprise, everything was being shut down as COVID-19 was spreading all over the world. Read more . . .
Racial Identity Caucusing
A Tool to Becoming Antiracist
At the Sinsinawa Dominican General Chapter of 2012–2016, the Chapter delegated the Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT) “to continue to encourage vowed members, Associates, sponsored institutions, and coministers at Sinsinawa Mound to deepen their knowledge of the experience of racism in our country, church, culture, and Congregation” (Enactment 5). Read more . . .
Glena Temple Appointed DU President
Dominican University’s (DU, River Forest, IL) board of trustees announced the appointment of Glena G. Temple, PhD, as its 11th president. Temple, whose term will begin Aug. 2, 2021, is currently the president of Viterbo University, a Catholic Franciscan university in La Crosse, WI. Read more . . .
Peace & Justice
On the Border
Sinsinawa Sisters, Associates Assist at Respite Center
They arrived in waves of 25—young boys and girls mostly age 5 and under from Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. Clinging to their moms and dads, they walked from the hot, bright sunlight into a quiet dark room that was both calming and pleasantly fragrant. Read more . . .
DSC Names Executive Director
The executive committee of the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) announced in May that Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP, will become the next executive director of the DSC July 1. Read more . . .
Sr. Aurelia Full of ‘Firsts’
In 1966, an intrepid Dominican Sister went from Sinsinawa Mound (and her ministry as director of studies) to Baghdad, Iraq, as professor of history at Al-Hikma University. This was neither her first “adventure” nor her last, since during her long lifetime, she also ministered in Switzerland and Italy and had traveled throughout the Middle East and most of Europe. Read more . . .
Rotunda Exploration Continues
Our Rotunda Exploration Team (RET)—Mary Ann Casey, OP; Toni Harris, OP; Laura Goedken, OP; Associate Donna Perkins; Mary Catherine Rice, OP; Judy Schaefer, OP; and Priscilla Wood, OP—has met almost monthly since June 2019. Read more . . .
Sinsinawa Mound Center to Reopen Fully to Public Aug. 15
Sinsinawa Mound Center plans to fully reopen to the public Sunday, Aug. 15, 2021. Read more . . .