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 United We Dream  |  September 2017

S. Lois Aceto interviews Valeria Ruiz Liras, organizer for Voces de la Frontera.

Read LCWR statements.

Racine Dominican News / In the News

"LGBT people: Sisters are on our side!" (Global Sisters Report  |  1-2-18) Article describing the history of LGBT ministries among Catholic sisters includes the following excerpt: "Since the late 1990s, sisters have ministered among transgender people, healing spirits and saving lives. Members of several congregations including the Eucharistic Missionaries of St. Dominic, Racine Dominicans..." 

"Ascension Living to buy Shorelight Memory Care"(Journal Times  |  12-20-17) Ascension Living, one of the largest nonprofit and faith-based providers of senior services in the nation, has signed a letter of intent to purchase Shorelight Memory Care...

"Ascension Living to purchase Shorelight Memory Care in Racine"
(Milwaukee Business News  |  12-20-17)

Plans to relocate Lakeshore Manor operations to Siena on the Lake campus

161 Leaders in the U.S. Catholic Community Deliver a Climate Change Letter to President Trump and Congress

"Policeman's Ball honors community"
(Journal Times  |  11-6-17)

S. Rose Marie Anthony receives recognition at the fourth annual Policeman's Ball for work to end human trafficking

"Racine Dominicans continue to fight human trafficking"
(Journal Times – 8-6-17)

Ss. Rose Marie Anthony, Ruth Schaaf and Jean Verber are interviewed.

Press Release: Siena Catholic Schools of Racine Names Brenda White as System’s First President; Also see, "Archdiocese announces president of Racine Siena schools" (Journal Times– 7-7-17)

"RPD tackles human trafficking with task force" (Journal Times – 7-3-17)
Article mentions, "...Dominican Sisters, who have provided strong community leadership against human trafficking in the past..."

"Archbishop explains big changes to area Catholic schools"
(Journal Times – 5-25-17)

"Collaboration is the Key to Success" (Catholic Herald, Milw. – 5-5-17)

"Get Lost in Quiet Stillness" (Catholic Herald – 2-16-17)

"Locals protest pipeline" (Journal Times – 12-2-16)

"Sister Oda Marie Degroot celebrated her 100th birthday..."
(Journal Times – 10-30-16)

"New Eco-Justice Center director settling into her new role"
(Journal Times – 8-14-16)

"Birthday: Bash, 100th" (Journal Times – 8-7-16)

"The transformative power of Tootsie Pops by Associate Mare Wheeler (published August 1, 2016, in Gobal Sisters Report 

"Bethany Apartments marks 25 years of providing sanctuary and strength" (Journal Times - 6-27-16) 

"635 years of service" (Journal Times – 6-25-16) 

"Handrow to lead Bethany Apartments" in Journal Times

"Racine Dominicans care for Earth through Eco-Justice Center" (Global Sisters Report, 4-18-16)

Read the Fall 2015 Dialogue Featuring the Accomplishments of S. Brenda Walsh, OP

"S. Janet Weyker at the Lakeside neighborhood parade" (Journal Times – 6-29-15) 

A Thanksgiving message from Associate Jan Jedlicka

Press Release: Wisconsin Sisters Confront Human Trafficking

Editorial from the Racine Dominican Leadership Team:
Racine Journal Times' article: Dominican sisters: Stop failed military interventions in Iraq

"Dominicans' Eco-Justice Center Reflects Pope's Concern for Earth" (Catholic Herald, 6-25-15)

"Blackboard Sessions: ajanet Weyker, Eco-Justice Center director" (Journal Times, 2-17-12)

S. Lois Aceto, OP, Receives Award

On April 30, 2017, S. Lois was presented with an Outstanding Educator Award from the Kenosha-Racine Counties Chapter 1123 of Phi Delta Kappa in the Student Union at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside campus.

S. Lois was among three agencies and thirteen individuals to receive the Outstanding Educator Awards.

Two young women aspiring to become educators were also awarded scholarships at the banquet.

Congratulations S. Lois!

Dominicans Celebrate Women of the Year

“Honoring Trailblazing Women in Labor and Business”

In light of this 2017 national theme for Women’s History Month (March), the Racine Dominicans celebrated two local trailblazers. This year’s theme promotes people who have successfully challenged the role women traditionally held in both business and the paid labor force.

On Sunday, March 19, Racine Vocational Ministry (RVM) program director, Lori Life, and Voces de la Frontera executive director, Christine Neumann-Ortiz, were honored as “Women of the Year” in a special prayer service and presentation at Siena Center, home of the Racine Dominicans.

Read entire media release with additional photos

Statement of Racine Dominicans on Concerns about Executive Orders

February 1, 2017, Racine, Wisconsin – In response to executive action signed by President Trump on immigration and refugee resettlement and action to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil Pipelines, the Racine Dominican Executive Committee has issued the following statement:

Racine Dominicans deplore actions taken most recently by President Trump on immigration and refugee resettlement which threaten border communities, force our immigrant community members further into the shadows and endanger those fleeing violence. These orders do nothing to make anyone more secure and may well have the opposite effect.

We are appalled by President Trump’s order which also bans residents of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S. for 90 days, suspends refugee resettlement entirely for four months, and bars resettlement of Syrian refugees indefinitely. This is unconscionable in the face of the unprecedented global refugee crisis. Racine Dominicans will continue to stand in solidarity with families, regardless of immigration status, who labor daily to provide safety and security for their children.

Furthermore, we also deplore the steps taken by President Trump to advance construction of the Keystone XL and Dakota Access oil pipelines. These actions send a dangerous signal about our nation’s commitment to the COP21 Climate Agreement and pose a threat to drinking water and sacred sites of our Native brothers and sisters. We call on President Trump to reverse these actions and take steps to lead our country toward a new carbon-free economy and a more humane society of the 21st century.


Racine Dominicans, a Congregation of 120 vowed women religious and over 50 associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. 



Racine Dominicans work with the Racine Police on anti-human trafficking efforts.

Congratulations, S. Evelyn Lins!

S. Evelyn Lins, OP, received the Kay Gregor Advocate for Literacy Award from the Racine Literacy Council this year. S. Evelyn has provided nearly 2,400 hours of volunteer tutoring to adult learners.



Racine Dominicans work with the Racine Police on anti-human trafficking efforts.

Noteworthy Acknowledgement

The following was included in the    Racine Police Department 2015 Annual Report in a write-up titled, "Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking":

In 2012, the Racine Dominicans launched an aggressive campaign designed to bring attention to the issue of human trafficking locally and beyond. The Racine Police Department was quick to partner with the Dominican Sisters in this important matter of public safety...

Go to the rest of the write-up in the Racine Police Department 2015 Annual Report which talks about the Racine Dominican role in the progress to stop human trafficking in Racine and beyond. 




Congratulations S. Suzanne Noffke!

On Sunday May 8, S. Suzanne Noffke was the recipient of an honorary Doctorate degree – Doctor of Humane Letters from Dominican University in Chicago. S. Suzanne was  lauded both for her writings and teachings nationally and internationally on Catherine of Siena and the wealth of information in those writings now available to many people because of her diligent work. She also delivered the commencement address for the undergraduates choosing the school theme of "inspired minds and amazing possibilities." 



Congratulations to S. Mary Fisher

S. Mary's lyrics were chosen from numerous entries for a hymn to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order. Her new translation of Dominic’s “O Lumen” was published by Alliance Publications Inc., Sinsinawa.



Jean Verber Award

The 2015 Sister Jean Verber Award  was presented to Kerri Hemmig, founder and first President of the Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking. This top honor from the Women's Resource Center recognizes Kerri's extraordinary efforts which have created a groundswell of interest from which dozens of service providers, organizations, volunteers, along with law enforcement, have come together to fight trafficking and reach out to vulnerable victems of trafficking. Not surprisingly, Jean Verber, OP is a board member of Racine Coalition Against Human Trafficking serving with Kerri Hemmig. Learn more about the Sister Jean Verber Award.


Congratulations to S. Carla Mae Streeter, OP

S. Carla Mae Streeter, OP, Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology, received the Congregation Temple Israel's Malachi Award for Interfaith Relations and Understanding. She was unanimously selected by leaders and representatives from a broad spectrum of faith communities. S. Carla Mae lives and works in St. Louis, MO.


Congratulations to S. Joyce Quintana, OP

S. Joyce Quintana received the Lucille Nielsen Outstanding Tutor Award at the Racine Literacy Council Volunteer Recognition Event on Saturday, October 11. Ss. Dorothy Greiber and Evelyn Lins received certificates to honor their milestone achievements of 2000 and 1500 volunteer hours. S. Bernadine Pohl also received a certificate for 800 volunteer hours. Other awards were given to administrative volunteers, National Adult Education Honor Society, and Winners of "Summer Read."



Congratulations to S. Jolene Van Handel, OP

S.Jolene Van Handel, OP was one of five recipients of the Rey of Hope award given by the Detroit Cristo Rey Garden Party because of her "special impact" on on the Detroit Cristo Rey High School. All recipients represented the many people involved with the founding of the school.

S. Jolene said, "I think the award belongs to the community for the great support Cristo Rey has received from the Racine Dominicans."


Congratulations to S. Suzanne Noffke

S. Suzanne Noffke, OP has been made an Honorary Associate by the Board of Directors of the International Center for Catherinian Studies. This recognition was bestowed for "great past and present work in the area of 'studies of Catherine of Siena and the spread of Catherine's teaching.'" It is in honor of S. Suzanne's "tour de force," the translation into English of the complete works of Catherine of Siena (The Dialogue, The Prayers, and approximately 385 letters published in a four volume series). This allowed, for the first time, the English-speaking world to experience Catherine of Siena in all of her own writings.

Dr. Suzanne Noffke is a Racine Dominican and an internationally recognized scholar on Catherine of Siena. Besides numerous articles, she has authored:

  • The Dialogue of Catherine of Siena
    (Classics of Western Spirituality Series)
  • The Prayers of Catherine of Siena
  • The Letters of Catherine of Siena
  • Catherine of Siena: Vision Through a Distant Eye and
  • Embrace the Swelling Wave (Vol. 1 on the history of the Racine Dominicans).



Congratulations to recently published authors...

Chris Broslavick, OP for Absolutely Advent! – A Teen's Journal for Christmas 2013 and Totally Lent!: A Teen's Journey to Easter 2014

Mary Fisher, OP for short story, GRACE Wrapped in a Black Shawl published in The Catholic Leader magazine

Linda McClenahan, OP for article, Helping Veterans Heal: Posttraumatic Spiritual Disorder published in Ministry and Liturgy magazine

S. Ruth Schaaf is featured in the latest issue of Dialogue.


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