The leaders of the high schools and colleges sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Peace met at Martin de Porres Center October 8 and 9 at the invitation of the Leadership Team. Presidents, board chairs and others from the following schools were in attendance: Ohio Dominican University (OH), St. Catharine College (KY), Albertus Magnus College (CT), St. Agnes/St. Dominic (TN), Our Lady of the Elms Schools (OH), St. Mary’s Dominican High School (LA) and Dominican Academy (NY).
Thursday evening Sr. Pat Twohill, OP welcomed the attendees, saying, “The Dominican Sisters of Peace could not be prouder of you and the institutions you lead. We see in you so many of the qualities universal to leaders everywhere, but we also see in you a ‘value added'” There is clearly a genuine spiritual dimension to your governance. And as leaders in Dominican Institutions, you daily make connections to motivate and inspire people.”
“I thank you for joining with us in promoting peace, nonviolence, unity in diversity and reconciliation, promoting justice for the marginalized and transformation of oppressive systems, promoting welcoming communities on your campuses and sharing our preaching mission with your students and promoting Care of Creation and the reduction of the impact of global climate change.”
On Friday Sr. Theresa Rickard, OP (Blauvelt) Executive Director of RENEW International, led the group in reflecting on Pope Francis’ recent letter “The Joy of the Gospel” and its relationship to Dominican Education.
In reflecting on Sr. Terry’s remarks Cindy Gnadinger, President of St. Catharine College, KY, said, “The Dominican charism is of vital importance to our campus because we are located at the founding site of Dominican women in this country. It’s important to me that our students have a living experience of Dominican life and spirit.”
Cindy Thomas, President of St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, LA, was grateful for the opportunity to be with other educational leaders. She said, “I see so many hope-filled opportunities for preaching the charism. There is so much more that we can do and be and that gives me energy for the future.”