Spectrum November 2021 Index
On the Cover
The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa Leadership Council approved a Land Acknowledgment Statement for Sinsinawa Mound and released it in October.
175th Calendar Available
As the Congregation prepares to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the founding of the Sinsinawa Dominicans by Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, a 2022 calendar was recently gifted to Sisters and Associates and is also available for purchase for friends and family through the Sinsinawa Book & Gift Gallery. Read more . . .
Sacred Land at Sinsinawa
This brief history of land stewardship at Sinsinawa Mound offers an overview of its sense of place, unique geology, ecological communities, earliest peoples, eventual settlers (1800s), Dominican legacy, and current status. The story revealed demonstrates a rich tradition of environmental sustainability, subsistence agriculture, and an ever-deepening spiritual legacy. Read more . . .
Our Home at St. Elizabeth Manor
South of Madison, through the towns of Oregon and Evansville and just to the east toward Janesville is the village of Footville, WI. Rolling hills, springtime wildflowers, summer and fall fields of corn and soybeans, and occasional deer are the main sights one takes in on the picturesque drive to St. Elizabeth Manor—the village’s population is 808 with a claim to fame of having the first lighted softball field in the nation. Read more . . .
A Summer Like No Other
WeHaKee Camp for Girls 2021
For nearly 14 months, the anticipation for summer 2021 at WeHaKee Camp for Girls was palpitating! The heartbreak of closing camp in 2020 motivated our staff team and volunteers to create a safe and healthy environment while ensuring that the integrity of the high-quality program indicative of WeHaKee was not diminished. A tall order indeed! Success was achieved as our campers enjoyed a safe, healthy, fun, and fulfilling summer with not a single case of COVID-19 during all of our sessions! Read more . . .
Peace & Justice
Helping at the Border
The invitation came in a SinsinOP email passed on by Reg McKillip, OP. The Humanitarian Respite Center operated by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley needed help. “Well,” we said to each other, “that’s a way to put your money, time, and energy to the test.” Read more . . .
Announcing Our 2021 Winners
The Sinsinawa Sweepstakes drawing was held at Sinsinawa Mound Tuesday, Oct. 12. Read more . . .
A Missing Cornerstone and Turn of Fate
The Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation has long treasured the memory of a fateful choice made in January 1849. It immediately followed the shock of the departure from the fledgling community of its first two founding members, Ermeline Routanne, OP; and Seraphina McNulty, OP. Read more . . .
Penn Community Lives on in Hearts
In 1993, the Dominican community in Atlanta had outgrown its home on Fairview Avenue in Atlanta. The community was growing, and we needed more space. Several searched the ads and cruised the streets looking at the listed houses available. One stately house in what was then a poor neighborhood was at 719 Penn Ave. When she saw it, Nora Ryan, OP (1933–2020), knew there was no need to look further as 7/19 was her birth date. The door opened into the Penn Community. Read more . . .
‘Suite’ Experience in Milwaukee
Sisters and Associates attended a Milwaukee Brewers baseball game Sept. 19. They watched the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs from the Quad Graphics Founder’s Suite at American Family Field, Milwaukee, WI. Read more . . .
Memory Walk at Mound
Sisters and coworkers participated in the sixth annual Sinsinawa Mound Memory Walk Sept. 30 and raised $1,625 for the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin. The funds will be used to support people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia and their caregivers. Read more . . .
Garden Blessing at Sinsinawa
Sinsinawa Mound Green Team sponsored a garden blessing this summer. Sisters and coworkers attended the event. Sinsinawa Mound Collaborative Farm Coordinator Laurana Snyder said approximately 5,000 lbs. of produce from the Sisters’ garden was harvested this fall. Sandhill Farm, one of the collaborative farm program participants, estimated they sold over $35,000 worth of produce this year. Read more . . .
Celebrating INFANTE Adoption Program
In September, 130 people gathered on Zoom videoconference to celebrate INFANTE’s 33rd anniversary. Founded in Cochabamba, Bolivia, by Geraldine Kline, OP, in 1988, INFANTE’s purpose is to promote, defend, protect, and restore the human rights of the most vulnerable—women and children. Read more . . .
Dominican Artists Gather Virtually
In July, the Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) met virtually via Zoom for their annual gathering. “The DIA Gathering was informative, inspiring, unifying, and a very contemplative experience,” said Joeann Daley, OP. Brother Mickey McGrath, OSFS, was the keynote speaker. Read more . . .
Exploring Intersections Creators Win Award
The Exploring Intersections: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration, and Climate series creators received the Outstanding Integrated Campaign Award at the 2021 Communicators for Women Religious Conference in October. Read more . . .