CITGO Petroleum Corporation and Saunders Oil, a Warren, Illinois-based CITGO marketer, named the Sinsinawa Dominicans as their Fueling Good 2011 winner. In recognition of its ongoing efforts to help build a holy and just society through education and social justice advocacy, the congregation was awarded $5,000 in CITGO gift cards to make the impact of its work go farther.
“Our sisters minister in a variety of fields such as education, health care, pastoral ministry, and counseling. We are called to missions in 30 states and five foreign countries,” said Sister Mary Ellen Green, OP, director of development for the Sinsinawa Dominicans. “Often our work requires a lot of travel, and this generous donation from CITGO and Saunders Oil takes a large weight off our shoulders, knowing we can continue to spread the Gospel of Christ’s love and help others without worrying about how to pay for our fuel.”
Since 1847, the Sinsinawa Dominicans have provided counseling, education, and a variety of services across their local community (Sinsinawa, Wisconsin) and around the world. Today, there are more than 500 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in the United States and abroad working to promote service and goodwill in their communities. On a local level, the sisters dedicate much of their time providing educational assistance to people of all ages, from preschool to the post-graduate level, offering classes on literacy, as well as English as a Second Language (ESL) and GED courses. Their retreat and conference center, Sinsinawa Mound, offers a spiritual respite for both individuals and larger groups.
The Sinsinawa Dominicans are one of 12 CITGO Summer Fueling Good campaign winners selected from more than 1,100 charities through a nationwide online vote. More than 100,000 votes were cast to help identify the latest winners in one of four categories: Environmental Protection and Restoration; Education and Social Investment; Energy Assistance and Conservation; and Health and Well-being.
The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters invite you to learn more about their ministries by visiting their web site at www.sinsinawa.org.
A special thank you to those DomLife readers who voted during the contest!
Story and photos submitted by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters