Spectrum July 2018 Index
On the Cover (see above)
The inaugural Cornerstones Award ceremony was held May 14 during evening prayer at Sinsinawa Mound. Dominican University (DU) President Donna Carroll was presented with the inaugural award which will be given annually by the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation to an individual who exemplifies an abundance of hope, courage in the face of adversity and struggle, commitment to a shared mission, and a deep faith in the providence of God. “To be honored with this first Cornerstones Award is both refreshing and humbling,” said Donna. “I am deeply grateful. Your confidence and affection have been the cornerstones of my residency [at DU] for 24 years. Thank you.” Pictured clockwise from top left are Sr. Toni Harris with Donna; the ceremony booklet cover; and Srs. Marian Gibbons, Marcia Holthaus, Christin Tomy, Anita Smisek, Nicole Reich, and Mary Ellen Winston singing at the ceremony. Photos by Eileen Dushek-Manthe and Tricia Buxton.
Leadership Attends Conference
Members of the Leadership Council of the Dominicans of Sinsinawa attended the 25th Annual Cecilia Meighan, RSM, Institute of Law and Religious Life Conference June 7–13 at Misericordia University, Dallas, PA. Read more . . .
Led by God
Sister Michelle Reflects on Journey
When I look back and reflect on how I got to where I am today, I have to laugh right out loud. Alphonsine Billion, OP (1915–1988), and Marie Christine McAndrew, OP (1924–2012), asked me when I was a senior at Edgewood High School (Madison, WI) if had I ever thought about becoming a Sister. I said, “Not really.” Read more . . .
Trinity High School
100 Years of Dominican Education for Women
We at Trinity High School (River Forest, IL) are in the midst of a stunning centennial celebration. For 100 years, young women have come to Trinity for its excellent, mission-focused education and graduated into a world not always congenial to the lessons they have learned here: strength in the community of women, the exultation of learning, the humility that powers the best preaching. Imagining the lives Trinity alumnae have led, and are leading, and the ways our mission infuses each one grounds me in this new role of president of Trinity. Read more . . .
Dominican Youth Movement USA
Catch the Fire
Dominican Youth Movement USA (DYM) is on a mission “to connect today’s youth and young adults to the Dominican tradition of preaching and the participant’s own call to preach.” Read more . . .
Religious Formation Conference
ForMission: Opportunity for Education
The Religious Formation Conference (RFC), which originated in the 1950s as the Sister Formation Conference, is a national Roman Catholic organization serving religious institutes of women and men. Read more . . .
Equal Rights Amendment
Women Speak at Illinois Committee Hearing
The 46-year fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) persisted in the Illinois House of Representatives at a committee hearing in June, where advocates shared their stories and explained why it is necessary to have the amendment in the United States Constitution. Read more . . .
Supporting the Mission in Trinidad
Our 2016 General Chapter recommended that “the prioress and council initiate conversations with members to identify ways to support the life and mission of our Trinidadian sisters.” Read more . . .
Sisters Tap into ‘Inner Force’
“Art is part of our Dominican charism—to study. It pulls out some inner force that hasn’t been tapped, and I’m 94!” Ellen Shannon, OP, made this comment after attending an art class June 4 and 5 at Sinsinawa Mound led by Isabel Rafferty, OP. Nearly 20 Sisters participated. Isabel had three art forms from which to choose: contour drawing, coloring, and making a circular collage. Read more . . .
Heart of Mary Reunion
‘Welcome Home, Sisters’
The 1968 graduation class of Most Pure Heart of Mary High School (Mobile, AL) affectionately known as “Heart of Mary High,” commemorated the end of segregated Catholic high school education in Mobile and celebrated their 50-year reunion in May. Read more . . .
Movie Brings Awareness to Trafficking
Catholic Sisters met with film director Shraysi Tandon after a viewing of her documentary, Invisible Hands, which exposes child labor and child trafficking within the supply chains of the world’s biggest corporations. Read more . . .