In May, Life Directions, an intergenerational youth mentoring program co-founded by Sister Rosalie Esquerra, OP (Adrian), celebrated 40 years of making a difference in the lives of young people. The mission of Life Directions, founded in 1973 in Detroit, Michigan, is to “motivate young adults, ages 13–35, especially the economically poor and ‘at-risk,’ to mature into responsible, productive adults through self-direction.” Read more
Monthly Archives: June 2014
Dominican Friars, Central Province
During the May 15 commencement ceremony, Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union (CTU) presented honorary doctorates to two Dominican priests of the Central Province, the Rev. Charles W. Dahm, OP, and the Rev.Thomas F. O’Meara, OP. CTU awarded Fr. Dahm a doctorate in ministry, honoris causa, and Fr. O’Meara a doctorate in theology, honoris causa. Read article on the Central Province web site
Sister Joanna Chan, MM, a frequent visitor to Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, believed inmate Eric Glisson when he told her that he was innocent. Sister Joanna, known as “Grandma” to the prisoners, has volunteered for 12 years at the prison. Chan put Glisson in touch with a lawyer, and Glisson was released in October 2012. The story was featured June 6 on NBC Dateline. Watch video
Sister Ruth Poochigian, OP (Sinsinawa) was interviewed for a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison), “Program gives prison parents chance to read for children.” Sister Ruth works in prison ministry in Wisconsin, and participates in Reading Connections, a program that gives parents in prison the opportunity to read to their children through the use of video. Read article
Olivier de Schutter recently concluded his second and final term as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Since taking the position in 2008, de Schutter has connected global trends in food systems, and highlighted the systemic challenges therein. With his valuable analyses and contributions, the conversation on food has become a fuller, more integrated one.