S. Oda Marie DeGroot, OP, entered eternal life on May 24, 2017.
S. Oda Marie's life was celebrated Tuesday, May 30, 2017, with a Remembering Service and Mass of Christian Burial.
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!
Racine Dominican News
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
Eco-Justice Center in the news:
Catholic Heralds' article: Dominicans' Eco-Justice Center Reflects Pope's Concern for Earth
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.
Lighting the World with Truth
Immigration | March 2017
S. Lois Aceto interviews Mike Frontier, RUSD Board President
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.
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.
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...
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