Spectrum March 2017 Index
On the Cover (see above)
Millions of people around the world came together on Jan. 21 to raise their voices and make history at the Women’s March. In cities and towns across the United States, Sisters, Associates, families, and friends came together to be in solidarity with those marching in Washington, DC. Organizers stated, “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us. . . . We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear. . . . We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.”
Companions on the Journey
Sr. Mary Therese Shares Faith with All Ages
“The greatest blessing is just being among the parishioners, being companions on the journey and sharing the joys and sorrows of people’s lives with them,” said Mary Therese Dolan, OP, of her ministry at St. Dennis Parish in Madison, WI, where she has served for 12 years. Read more . . .
Respect Immigrants, Refugees
We, the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) and the Dominican Justice Promoters in the United States, are appalled by President Donald Trump’s executive orders in January regarding immigrants and refugees. Read more . . .
Return to El Paso
Sr. LouAnne Ministers with Immigrants
Our Direction Statement calls us to respond to the needs of immigrants and refugees and to seek ways to relieve suffering. Enactment XIII affirms the establishment of a committee on behalf of immigrants and refugees. The committee is to collaborate with other religious communities in order to identify ways in which we might engage in specific efforts. Read more . . .
Sisters, Candidate Travel to U.S.-Mexico Border
Julie Schwab, OP; Mary Ann Nelson, OP; Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP; Mary Rathert, OP; Sister Quincy Howard; and Candidate Rhonda Miska (pictured above) traveled during the first week of January to Douglas, AZ, and Agua Prieta, Sonora (Mexico), for a five-day border immersion experience. Read more . . .
Call to Solidarity
‘United We Stand . . . Know Your Rights’
More than 10 Sinsinawa Dominican Associates and vowed members joined 2,500 other Madisonians on Jan. 29 to proclaim this call: “Estamos unidos … Conozca sus derechos.” That is, “United we stand . . . Know your rights.” We stood together, learned our rights, and exercised our responsibilities as citizens of the state of Wisconsin and of the United States. Read more . . .
Stop Human Trafficking
Sister Martha Helps Women ‘Break Free’
Martha Wiegand, OP, volunteers at Breaking Free, a Minnesota-based nonprofit and social justice organization founded in 1996 to help women escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education. Martha recently received the following letter from Teresa Forliti, the executive director of Breaking Free. Read more . . .
Revealing History One Request at a Time
What do you think when you hear the word “archives”? It may bring to mind a place where documents are preserved—sort of a “freezer” for old records. Our Sinsinawa Archives is surely a treasure house for various historical materials—going back to Father Samuel Mazzuchelli’s [OP] time and even beyond that. But more importantly, the Archives is an amazing source for current studies—for solving mysteries, for revealing history, for research of all kinds. Read more . . .
Recognizing 800 Years of Preaching
Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins sent an official proclamation from the state of Illinois to the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation in recognition of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers. Read more . . .
Healing Our Broken Relationships
On recent visits to Trinity and Queen of Peace High Schools, the students and I discussed ecology, the branch of science that deals with interactions between organisms and their environment. We ended up summarizing it this way: Ecology is all about relationship. Read more . . .
La Crosse Diocese to Celebrate 150 Years
The Diocese of La Crosse, WI, is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2018! Our Sinsinawa Dominican founder, Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP (1806–1864), was instrumental in propagating the Catholic faith through building churches, parish communities, and relationships throughout that region. Read more . . .
800th Jubilee Congress
Preaching by Encounter
On Jan. 16, 2017, we arrived in Rome to attend the weeklong Congress for the Mission of the Order of Preachers, closing the 800th jubilee celebration of the confirmation of the Order. The dates of the Congress were chosen because they fell precisely in the space between the Dec. 22, 1216, confirmation of the Order by Pope Honorius III, and its formal designation as the Order of Preachers on Jan. 21, 1217 (albeit 800 years later!). Read more . . .
Snapshots of Activities
Snapshots of activities. Read more . . .