Submitted by Aaron Reisberg (McGreal Archivist)
This week’s archives spotlight focuses not only on collaborative organizations but records that highlight different branches of the family. To begin, we will look at an organization whose own anniversary celebration is underway. This year marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate. The Novitiate, established in 1988, provides the novices of seventeen congregations with the opportunity to experience Dominican community life, prayer, study, ministry, exposure to and practice of preaching skills, and personal growth. The novices are directly overseen by Co-Directors, who live with them in the novitiate house and are responsible for their formation during their ten month stay. The Collaborative Dominican Novitiate Records contain documents regarding the founding and management of the organization. These include: correspondence, minutes, handbooks, as well as newsletters, videos, photographs, and other various paraphernalia.
Last summer the Dominican Sisters of the Roman Congregation had a general chapter in Rome to elect a new general council (see above photo). The USA province of the Roman Congregation has asked to change it’s leadership structure from that of a province to a vicariate. This chapter will take place from April 3 – 7, 2018 in Sabattus, Maine presided and facilitated by the General Prioress, Ysabel Barroso. Prayer from our Dominican Family would be greatly appreciated.
Washington, DC – Sr. Judy Morris, OP, was one of 40 Catholic faith leaders taken into police custody on February 27, 2018, in a peaceful demonstration in Washington, DC. Sr. Judy was part of an action by Faith in Public Life to demand immediate action by the House of Representatives to create a clean path to citizenship for participants in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, known as Dreamers. Several hundred Catholic faith leaders and laity took part in the peaceful protest. Click here to view images of the protest courtesy of Faith in Public Life.
March 2, 2018, Washington, DC – Four Adrian Dominican Sisters were among about 200 Catholic priests, Sisters, lay leaders, and Dreamers who on February 27 gave public witness to the Catholic call for a clean Dreamers Act that would allow a path to citizenship for young immigrants who had come to the U.S. with their parents.
Sister Elise García, OP, General Councilor, was among about 40 participants who were arrested in a nonviolent act of civil disobedience, staying in the Capitol Rotunda to pray for just and compassionate immigration legislation after the Capitol Police had warned them three times to disband. Standing in solidarity with her and with the other arrested protestors were Adrian Dominican Sisters Attracta Kelly, OP; Corinne Sanders, OP; and Heather Stiverson, OP.