Spectrum July 2017 Index
On the Cover (see above)
Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, IL, held a closing Mass and reception June 11 after 55 years of educating young women in the Chicago area. Pictured on cover include (clockwise, from left) Michele Whitehead and Srs. Barbara Sheehy, Marilyn Aiello, Mary Howard Johnstone, and Kathleen Phelan in the offertory procession; Sr. Toni Harris speaking at the ceremony; and Sr. Colleen Settles listening to the alumnae choir.
Paris Climate Agreement
Appalled by Withdrawal
We are appalled by President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. This is politically, economically, and morally indefensible. Moreover, this diminishes our standing as a world leader, aligning us with Syria and Nicaragua as the only nonsignatories to the landmark accord signed in December 2015 by 195 nations. Read more . . .
Sister Winifred Morgan
Writing in Retirement
I didn’t set out to be a writer; so when others credit my skills, I’m usually taken aback. Looking out the window next to my computer, I see our neighbor, a well-regarded short story writer, getting out of her car; and I’m struck by the fact that I’m not at all the sort of writer she is. Read more . . .
Associate Renewal Brings Joy
During 2017, 53 Associates completed three or five years of their commitment and were invited to reflect on her/his experience as an Associate and then request to renew or withdraw from the relationship. Each Associate who requests to renew shares a written reflection with the Relationships for Mission Team. Here is a small sampling of their commitment to Dominican life and mission. Read more . . .
Sisters and Associates Gather
‘Together We Are One’
Lay movements, including Associates with religious congregations, is the “single greatest inspired movement in the Church since Vatican II,” declared keynote copresenter, Gabriele Uhlein, OSF (Wheaton), at the 12th Biennial Conference of Associates and Religious of the Midwest Area (CARMA) in Dubuque on April 29. Copresenter Jeanne Connolly, director of the Wheaton Franciscan Covenant Companions and vice president of the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR), stated that Associates are “called to be instruments of peace, transformation, and hope in our own way.” Read more . . .
Sr. Reg Promoter of Peace and Justice
Sr. Marcia Mound Liturgist
Reg McKillip, OP, has been appointed Promoter of Peace and Justice (PPJ) for the Congregation.
Marcia Holthaus, OP, will begin ministering as Mound Liturgist as of Sept. 1. Marcia has been working in liturgy since 1989 and as director of music and liturgy at St. Olaf Parish, DeForest, WI, for the last 10 years. Read more . . .
Ecological Activities Abound
Sister Susie Swift
From Brigadier to Catholic Sister
Susie thought her conversion to the Salvation Army would bring resolution and peace. Her diary for New Year’s Day 1888 records read as follows: “I expect much joy, I expect changes; I look for no rest; I love God, I love the Army, I love my comrades. Life holds no more surprises for me. Read more . . .
Working with Immigrants
Sisters Share Experiences
Enactment XIII from Chapter 2016 called for the establishment of a committee that would engage in specific efforts on behalf of immigrants and refugees. Read more . . .
Dominican High School
uKNIGHTed in Service
How do you go about making 400 homemade dinner rolls for the needy guests of the St. Benedict’s meal program? The process might begin with a lot of flour, perhaps some milk and eggs. It would soon move to kneading, mixing, and baking. Read more . . .
Conference of Religious of the Antilles
Commitment to Care of Earth
The 45th Assembly of the Conference of Religious of the Antilles (CRA) was held in Kingston, Jamaica, April 17–22, 2017, under the theme, Laudato Si´. Religious of the Antilles are aware that the protection of our common home is part of the mission of every religious congregation. Lystra Long, OP, represented the Sinsinawa Dominicans at the conference. Read more . . .
Back to School
Villa Sisters Welcome Young Students
“My Sister went to Ireland three times!” This is one of the comments Kate Freiburger heard as she drove St. Joseph Catholic School students (Sinsinawa, WI) back from St. Dominic Villa. The students visited the Sisters once a week for 12 weeks as part of a program developed for Kate’s doctorate in occupational therapy. Read more . . .
Celebrating Our Legacy
Queen of Peace High School Closes
Alumnae, Dominican Sisters, families, and friends of Queen of Peace High School (QPHS) gathered on June 11 to celebrate the school’s 55-year legacy. An alumnae choir and interpretive liturgical dancers led the procession as an alumna from each of the 55 years carried her respective yearbook into the gym. Read more . . .
Keep Hope Alive
Sisters Attend Immigration Benefit
Cardinal Blase Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Human Dignity & Solidarity—Immigration Ministry hosted the Keep Hope Alive Benefit at St. Ignatius College Prep in May. Bernadine Karge, OP, and Marilyn Derr, OP, attended the event sponsored in part by the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation. Read more . . .