Delegation of U.S. sisters arrives in northern Iraq

iraq_maria_hanna_osvWe have family in Iraq

Three Dominican sisters, Marcelline Koch, OP (Springfield), Durstyne Farnan, OP (Adrian), and Arlene Flaherty, OP (Blauvelt) travelled to northern Iraq on Jan. 5, to visit the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Erbil, Kurdistan. The Global Sisters Report is following their story, and published an article, “We have family in Iraq: A journey in solidarity and love,” on Jan. 4 prior to their trip.

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After four months of exile, there are no signs of hope that the situation here in Iraq will be resolved peacefully,” writes Dominican Sister Maria Hanna from her place of refuge in Kurdistan. “Unable to think or make decisions, everything is vague and we feel as if we have been living a nightmare.” —Sister Maria Hanna (from Our Sunday Visitor)