Submitted by Janet Welsh, OP (Director of The McGreal Center)
Do you remember what you were doing on May 21, 2008? Many of us recall that day with fondness and delight! Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP, the Executive Director of the Dominican Leadership Conference, and Donna Carroll, President of Dominican University blest the Mary Nona McGreal, OP Center for Dominican Historical Studies. Since the blessing of the McGreal Center in 2008, approximately 1550 visitors signed the Center’s guest book. Our guests came from 4 continents, 22 countries, the U.S. Territory of Puerto Rico and 27 states! Sometimes we failed to remind people to sign the book!!
We are grateful to Domlife for the opportunity to celebrate the McGreal Center’s 10th Anniversary via articles about this unique Dominican family endeavor. Two articles introduced you to our student workers and volunteers. Now you meet another important group of people, the McGreal Center’s Advisory Board.
“We realize that as women you need to get together with other women of the Church to be fed spiritually as individuals, to be updated theologically for your work, and perhaps most of all to have an opportunity for expressing your own insights into the relationship we all share with our God.”
Thus, we hope you will give serious consideration to attending this year’s inaugural conference led by Sister Kathleen McManus, OP, who was a student at Aquinas from 1987-89. She now teaches systematic theology at the University of Portland.
“For to be Dominican means to say WE…To be Dominican means to be a Family…!” (Mary Nona McGreal, OP, Dominicans at Home in a Young Nation: 1786-1865, 4)
Team McGreal is a vibrant Dominican family! This article highlights our current volunteers. You can learn about the staff on our Facebook page – thanks to Jenny Begich! For the past eight years, Jenny volunteers at the McGreal Center during her lunch break! She manages our Facebook page and created the “Humans of the McGreal” post series. Jenny earned a Masters in Library Information Science, and serves as an operational specialist in Dominican University’s Enrollment Department. She is an expert in data management and a wizard at technology. Why does Jenny spend that precious lunch working in the McGreal Center? Her Facebook entry explains: “. . . it seems that as soon as you walk into the McGreal Center all of the cares and stresses of the world disappear. And of course the parties!”