Women Called to Share Faith and Life with the Congregation
Sara was born
and raised in Escanaba. After graduating from high school, she felt drawn
to the field of education, but changed her major to broadcasting while
attending Central Michigan University. She worked at the national public
radio station and the local PBS affiliate as a student, and upon completion
of her bachelor's degree, accepted the position of news director at WLEN
Radio in Adrian. Sara was particularly interested in presenting human
interest stories for the station and came to know the Adrian Dominicans
while interviewing Durstyne Farnan, OP, and Kathleen Schanz,
OP. Regular visits to the Motherhouse soon drew Sara not only to the
Congregation but also to Siena Heights University and to her present position
as Director of Communications.
to become an Adrian Dominican Sister. I ask the Adrian Dominican Congregation
to support me in my desire to have a deeper relationship with God daily
and to perform his will in my life," Thanh stated.
In the presence
of Adrian Dominican Sisters, Associates, friends and family, Suzanne
Schreiber, OP, professed vows as an Adrian Dominican Sister for one
year on August 2 during Evensong for Peace in Holy Rosary Chapel.
my desire," Sister Sue said, "is to go deeper into God, through
Jesus Christ, in prayer, study, community and ministry; to bring my gifts
into harmony with the mission and vision of the Adrian Dominican Congregation,
and to serve on the prophetic edge of our church and world, giving shape,
color, texture, and voice to our life in mission. I want to give and receive,
be and bring peace, continue to weave threads of relationship, and travel
an authentic Dominican spiritual path as did our sisters who have gone
before us. My desire is to walk lightly on the earth, and move from my
life to our life as a professed Adrian Dominican Sister."
has been a teacher for most of her life at the elementary, high school
and college levels. She has taught art, photography and religious studies,
and has served as a campus minister. A musician and photographic artist,
Sister Sue has shown her work in exhibits and at art fairs. From 1996
to 2001, she was the Assistant Dean of the Institute for Ministry at Sacred
Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.
Mary Jones and Jackie Stoll made their Rite of Reception into
the Novitiate on August 4 in Holy Rosary Chapel. Each was given the Adrian
Dominican Constitution as well as a preaching garment, a mark of the Order
of Preachers and a symbol of connection with centuries of women and men
who have followed in the steps of Dominic to praise, to bless and to preach.
this reception rite, Elise, Mary and Jackie enter more deeply into the
process of discernment of vowed life with us and we, in turn, enter more
deeply into a relationship of discernment with each woman," said
Ellen Burkhardt, OP, Director of Formation. "Elise, Jackie
and Mary will each receive a preaching garment and be named our sister
today. Even more significant, these women will be connected with men and
women, living and dead, associates and vowed members, as well as Dominicans
yet to come who love what it means to be Dominican and are called to embrace
Mary and Jackie will spend the next year in study, prayer and ministry,
exploring Dominican life. Sister Elise will reside in Adrian, while Sisters
Mary and Jackie will attend the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN)
in St. Louis. Adrian Dominicans, Associates and co-workers gathered in
front of the Motherhouse August 10 to bid farewell and offer their blessings
to Mary and Jackie as they departed for their year at the CDN.
During a ceremony
in St. Catherine Chapel on August 6, Margaret (Peggy) Coyne, OP, and
Lorraine Reaume, OP, made their final profession of vows as Adrian
Dominican Sisters. Each was given a ring symbolizing her permanent commitment
as a vowed member.
my intent to say a profound yes in professing my perpetual vows as an
Adrian Dominican Sister," Sister Peggy said in her statement of intent.
"Inspired, supported and encouraged by the Dominican women of Adrian
and nourished by prayer, study, community and mission, I accept the challenge
to live as a woman of the Gospel through the vow of obedience. I desire
to continue my journey with my Adrian Dominican Sisters for the rest of
my life, as we strive to seek truth, make peace and reverence life."
In her statement
of intent, Sister Lorraine said: "I intend to live this life commitment
to God and the Adrian Dominican Congregation with fidelity, passion, hope
and trust. I intend to be faithful to the Dominican pillars of prayer,
study, community and ministry and to maintain a spirit of itinerancy.
I want to be a seeker of truth and promise to offer myself to be used
as God's instrument, preaching boldly through my words and my life until
the end of my days. I make this commitment in solidarity with my sisters
and promise to continue to share faith and life with you. Ultimately,
I seek to become the woman God made me to be, and I rejoice that I have
found the path which enables me to say this full yes to our God."
For the past two years, Sister Lorraine has resided in Chicago, where she is studying for a master's degree in theology at Catholic Theological Union. She previously served as a campus minister at Siena Heights University. Sister Peggy is a pediatric nurse at Ranken Jordan Pediatric Rehab Center in St. Louis, where she cares for mentally and physically challenged children. She is pursuing a master's degree in nursing administration through Regis University.