Dominican friar and scholar Edward Schillebeeckx famously wrote, “Stories of the Dominican Order keep us ‘together’ as Dominicans. Without a record we would be void of remembrances of the past, we would not find our own place in the present and remain without hope of expectations of the future.”
Since she began her doctoral studies in American history at the University of Notre Dame to her appointment as assistant professor of history at Dominican University to the founding of the Sister Mary Nona McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies, Sr. Janet Welsh, OP has been steadfast and passionate in pursuing the mission of truth Fr. Schillebeeckx articulated. Her vision and leadership have created a unique and active center for the research and writing of the history of the Order of Preachers in the United States revealing the Dominican family’s significance in the life of the church and the nation. Truly a Dominican family treasure! After more than a decade as the McGreal Center’s director, Sr. Janet has decided to retire from her ministry. She is ready to entrust its mission and vision to new leadership, and follow God’s call into a new chapter in her own history.