Spectrum September 2017 Index
On the Cover (see above)
The Congregation enjoyed an eventful Community Days 2017 from July 26 to 30 at Sinsinawa Mound. Top (from left): Srs. Nicole Reich, Rosanna Gleason, Toni Harris, Mary Ann Nelson, Jo Ann Timmerman, and Quincy Howard sign documents at the first profession of Nicole and Quincy. Middle: Associates Lornetta Hooks and Susan Sostak and Srs. Tanya Williams and Mary Ellen Winston play liturgical music during the First Profession Mass. Bottom: The Heritage level was nearly filled to capacity to discuss future planning of the Mound land and buildings. Sisters also viewed the broadcast presentations from the 2nd floor community room at the Mound and from St. Dominic Villa. Photos by Eileen Dushek-Manthe and Tricia Buxton.
In July, Steeple Square, Dubuque, IA, celebrated the opening and dedication of Francis Apartments, which provide permanent supportive housing for graduates of Maria House, a program that provides transitional housing and support for women learning to be independent, and also market-rate apartments for the public. Read more . . .
‘Love the People’
Sr. Jean Leads Parish Mission
When Jean Tranel, OP, asked Father Leonard Jacobs of St. James Parish, Rockford, IL, what he wanted her to focus on for the parish mission she would lead April 1–5, he responded, “Love the people.” Loving people is what Jean does best. Read more . . .
Associate Lifetime Commitment
I was asked to reflect on how the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ values, charism, and the four pillars have impacted my life. They have had enormous impact, but I will only share a few. Read more . . .
Celebrating Dominican Life
Two Make Profession
In this 170th year of Dominican life and mission for our Congregation, we were blessed to celebrate the first professions of Quincy Howard, OP, and Nicole Reich, OP, as Dominicans of Sinsinawa. Welcoming two new members was a perfect way to conclude Community Days. Read more . . .
Milwaukee’s Sisters Program
Interfaith Group Attempts
to Curb Sex Trafficking
On July 13 in Milwaukee, there was a celebration, press conference, and blessing for the opening of the Sisters Program/ Drop-In Center on the south side of Milwaukee. Read more . . .
Citizens Cheer World Refugee Day
June 20 was designated by the United Nations as a day to show public support for refugees. A peaceful rally was held in Dubuque (IA) on World Refugee Day, and several Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters and friends attended. Novice Rhonda Miska helped organize the event. Read more . . .
DIA Focuses on Justice
The Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) gathered from July 26 to 29 in Adrian, MI, around the theme “Response” which reflected the call of the artist to respond to instances of social injustice. Read more . . .
‘Let God Set Free’
Learning More about Trafficking
“Let God Set Free” was the title of a June retreat in Minnesota for professionals who serve and support survivors of human trafficking. Martha Wiegand, OP, was in attendance. Read more . . .
Dominican Volunteers USA
New Leadership Team Announced
With great joy, Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) announces the new leadership team! Allison Beyer and Megan Rupp were hired as DVUSA’s codirectors. We believe their commitment and the quality of their work as a team will be outstanding. Read more . . .
Caring for Our Elders
Dominican Representatives Attend Workshop
Misericordia University celebrated a milestone when it hosted religious leaders, laity, and health care professionals from across the country at the 40th Annual Elder Religious and Diocesan Priests Workshop June 16–22 in Dallas, PA. Read more . . .
Deepening the Dominican Spirit
A Pilgrimage in France
Imagine what it would be like to walk in the footsteps of Dominic, with his brothers, with the early women of Prouilhe, and with Thomas Aquinas in the southern part of France. That is exactly what we had the privilege of doing in July. The outcome was a deepening of our understanding of the Dominican heritage and of our Dominican spirit. Read more . . .
Sister Susie Swift
Desiring Final Vows Prompts Transfer
In New York, Susie Swift began editing and writing for Catholic publications with the Paulists, while assisting her friend Rose Hawthorne-Lathrop in caring for cancer patients. Her spiritual director, Father McDermott, thought that she should consider entering a religious order. In the fall of 1897, she became a postulant in the Dominican Congregation of St. Catherine de Ricci in Albany. Read more . . .
Young Women Thrive at Camp
Our experience at Camp WeHaKee is always a blessed time for us. Bob and Maggie Braun are wonderful directors. The Dominican spirit is alive as camp continues to be a special place for girls and young women to thrive and grow. Read more . . .
Dominican High School
Retreat Begins New School Year
Recently, the teachers, staff, and board members of Dominican High School (DHS) in Whitefish Bay, WI, shared a morning of retreat preceding the beginning of the school year. It was an idea put forth by the DHS Mission and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors. Read more . . .