Spectrum July 2022 Index
On the Cover
by the Relationships for Mission Team
On May 29, we rejoiced in celebrating the perpetual profession of vows of Nicole Reich, OP, and Christin Tomy, OP (pictured at top left with Toni Harris, OP, and Priscilla Torres, OP). Nicole and Christin’s families, Sisters and Associates, friends, colleagues, and religious Sisters and Brothers from other congregations gathered at Sinsinawa Mound in Queen of the Rosary Chapel to witness Nicole and Christin’s “unto death” life commitment as Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. The liturgy was a joyful celebration—Prioress Toni Harris welcomed everyone as we continue to celebrate our 175 years as a Congregation; Samuel Hakeem, OP, was celebrant and preacher; the choir (pictured at bottom right with Marcia Holthaus, OP) and cantors filled the chapel with glorious music. The witness of Nicole and Christin will be long remembered by those who celebrated this day. As a Congregation, we are filled with joy, knowing that by their witness, together we move into a future that enriches us all to praise, to bless, and to preach.
Celebrating Cornerstones Lecture, Award
Sisters, Associates, and special guests attended the May 14 Cornerstones Lecture, Vespers, and Award Ceremony at Sinsinawa Mound to recognize the Congregation’s Four Cornerstones who decided in 1849 to remain together after three Sisters chose to leave due to hardships experienced in those early years. Read more . . .
ARTT Holds Spring Meeting
The Sinsinawa Anti-Racism Transformation Team (ARTT) 2022 spring meeting was held both in person and via videoconference at Sinsinawa Mound. Associate Barbara Johnson and Pat Leahy, OP, opened the meeting in prayer with a litany of welcome, naming each member and their gifts to Anti-Racism. Read more . . .
Celebrating 175 Years
Making a Difference in Lives of Others
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 . . .
Peace & Justice
What Is the Laudato Si’ Action Platform?
Most likely you have heard and seen the acronym LSAP but may have wondered, “What is LSAP?” The acronym stands for Laudato Si’ Action Platform. Read more . . .
DHS Graduation: Together Again
After two years of holding our commencement ceremony in an outdoor tent with only the graduates and their immediate families in attendance, the James and Virginia Wheeler Auditorium at Dominican High School (DHS), Whitefish Bay, WI, was packed this year in celebration of the class of 2022. Read more . . .
Sister Baptized by Russian Prince
Did you know that many of our early Sisters were not born in Wisconsin, including our Four Cornerstones? Read more . . .
Family Promise Purchases Spokane House
Siena House, a congregation-owned property in Spokane, WA, has been purchased by Family Promise, an organization whose mission is to address the needs of families experiencing homelessness. Read more . . .
Sisters Attend Land Justice Course
On five Thursdays in March and April 2022, 15 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters participated in a course on Land Justice Futures sponsored by Nuns and Nones, an intergenerational spiritual community dedicated to care, contemplation, and courageous action in service of life and liberation. Read more . . .
Emerald Club Holds Reunion
The Emerald Club is an annual reunion at Edgewood College (EC), Madison, WI, that honors alumni who have graduated 50 years ago or more. Each year, the Alumni Office inducts a new class into the Emerald Club. Read more . . .
Sr. Mary Ann Attends Rededication
Mary Ann Carroll, OP, attended the rededication of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church, Portage, WI, June 12. Read more . . .
Sr. Nguyet Makes Final Profession
Nguyet Tran, OP, made perpetual profession May 28 at Brockton, MA. Read more . . .
Work has begun on a project in our Motherhouse Cemetery. Two hundred twenty-five older gravestones are being removed from their site so the ground below them can be leveled. Read more . . .
Edgewood Commits to Laudato Si’
On Earth Day, April 22, 2022, Edgewood College (EC) President Andrew Manion made official the college’s commitment to participate in Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: A 7-Year Journey Towards Integral Ecology. Read more . . .
Pat Rogers, OP (left), and Mary Howard Johnstone, OP (right), attended a Juneteenth celebration in Milwaukee where they met Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (center). Read more . . .
Garden Blessing at Mound
The Sinsinawa Mound Green Team sponsored a Garden Blessing at Sinsinawa Mound June 1. Mary Therese Johnson, OP, led the service, joyfully singing, “Come plant in the garden, come play in the field.” Read more . . .
Sr. Chihn Graduates
A Dominican Sister from Vietnam, Chihn Tuyet Nguyen, OP (center), has been studying at St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN, for the last three years and graduated in May with a master’s degree in theology with a focus on liturgy. Read more . . .
Sisters Grill at BratFest
Several Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa attended Madison’s BratFest 2022 on Memorial Day weekend. Read more . . .
Srs. Liz, Martha Spark High School Initiative
“If you build it, they will come.” This familiar quote from the movie Field of Dreams can certainly be applied to a new endeavor in Indiantown, FL, that was sparked by a conversation between Liz Dunn, OP; Martha Mary Rohde, OP; and close friends Sandy and Charley Johnston. Read more . . .
DU Gifts Donors with Socks
Dominican University (DU), River Forest, IL, held a fundraising event on DU’s Day of Giving April 20. Read more . . .