Spectrum September 2018 Index
On the Cover (see above)
Pictured from top left: Sr. Margaret McGuirk (right) visits with Fr. Peter Hinde and Sr. Betty Campbell in El Paso. Several Sisters traveled to the United States-Mexico border to minister with immigrants. Others ministering in El Paso in August included Srs. Peggy Ryan, Jeri Cashman, Bernie Karge, LouAnne Willette, Tere Auad, Pat Sullivan, Evie Storto, Chris Feagan, and Rosemary Huddleston. Sisters and Associates across the country participated in “Families Belong Together” rallies on June 30, standing in solidarity with immigrants and refugees and calling for an end to family separations at the United States-Mexico border. From left in Madison: Srs. Evie Storto and Clare Wagner, Associate Julia Slotnick, and Srs. Mary Rathert, Julie Schwab, and Toni Harris, Associate Mary Goonan, and Srs. Cecilia Espenilla, Reg McKillip, and Maureen McDonnell. Sisters and Associates gathered at Sinsinawa Mound July 18–22 for Community Days 2018. Srs. Mary Marie, Barbara Baehr, and Kath Phelan, Associate Lornetta Hooks, and Srs. Sarah Anne Kaminski and Elayne Hill engaged in table conversation.
Sister Ellen Gaynor, OP
Patients Hold Her in High Esteem
Ellen Gaynor, OP, MD, was born into an Irish family on Chicago’s Southside. After graduating from Visitation High School in Chicago, she entered the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1965. Following her profession in 1967, Ellen was sent to study at Edgewood College, Madison. She was given permission to major in biology. Read more . . .
Sisters and Companions Gather
The fourth annual gathering of U.S. Dominican Temporary Professed Sisters and their Companions (temps.com) was held July 1–4, 2018, at St. Catharine, KY, the foundation of the first congregation of Dominican Sisters in the United States. St. Catharine was also the former Motherhouse of the Kentucky Dominicans, now part of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Read more . . .
Chicago Faith Leaders Call for End to Separation
The Protected by Faith interfaith organization held a press conference June 21 at St. Peter Church in Chicago to call for an end to separating immigrant children from parents at the United States-Mexico border. Read more . . .
Families Belong Together
Sisters, Associates March in Solidarity
Our Sinsinawa Dominican Direction Statement 2016–2021 calls us to respond to the needs of immigrants and refugees and to seek ways to relieve suffering. On June 30, Sisters and Associates across the United States joined the Families Belong Together movement and marched in solidarity with immigrants and refugees calling for an end to family separations at the United States-Mexico border. Read more . . .
¡Gracias a la Vida!
Sisters Minister with Immigrants at Border
In 2014, I read that, according to the most recent estimate from the Department of Homeland Security, there were 12.1 million immigrants living in our country “illegally.” I could not say “No” to Ruben Garcia, the director of Annunciation House and the Nazareth Shelter, even though I was on sabbatical in 2014. I felt “called forth by God’s expansive love and mercy for all creation” to go to El Paso, TX. Read more . . .
Dominican Justice Promoters
Collaboration Key to Future
The Dominican Justice Promoters (pictured above) of North America met June 27–29 in Park Ridge, IL, to renew its mission and direction. Thirty-one participants gathered from California, Washington State, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Missouri, Kentucky, New Jersey, New York, and other parts of the United States. Read more . . .
Opportunities for Growth
Conferences Focus on Dominican Mission
As we begin this new academic year, our sponsored educational institutions do so more deeply rooted in their Dominican mission and identity. Over the summer months, members of our schools have taken advantage of opportunities to deepen their Dominican spirit and explore how to integrate the Dominican mission and identity in their own contexts. Read more . . .
Former Church Houses Homeless Students
Kalispell (MT) Sparrow’s Nest for homeless students held an open house Aug. 11, 2018. Board and committee members welcomed about 100 people to the event. Visitors were amazed at the transformation after the recent renovation. Read more . . .
Spokane Heritage Project
Memories Kept Alive through Stories
Memories of family and friends are kept alive through stories. Mission Integration Director of Providence Holy Family Hospital Rebecca “Becky” Nappi received a grant for the “heritage project” for which she would collect and publish oral history stories of the remaining Spokane (WA) Dominican Sisters who had ministered in Dominican Health Services, now merged with Providence Health Care. Read more . . .
To Have and to Share
Guam, an island of exquisite beauty, lives true to its name. Guam comes from the Chamorro name Guaham which means “to have and to share.” The people freely share, often from the little they have, with those in need. Read more . . .
Farewell, Convent of the Paraclete
Sisters Move from Longtime Home
On June 28, 2018, the last Sisters to live at the convent next to Dominican High School in Whitefish Bay, WI, moved out and closed the door, marking the end of a 50-year history of lively Dominican community life there. Read more . . .