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September 23, 2015, Washington, DC – On the occasion of the state visit to the United States by Pope Francis, more than 200 elected leaders of U.S. Catholic women religious – including Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, Prioress, and other elected leaders of the Adrian Dominican Sisters -- have written to President Obama. 

In the letter, delivered to the White House on September 22, the Sisters call on the President to play a leadership role in negotiating “a binding agreement among all nations that will keep global average temperatures below 1.5 degrees Celsius relative to pre-industrial levels.” 

At the White House today, Pope Francis cited his encyclical letter Laudato Si, saying, "We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about 'a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change." 

Read the Sisters’ letter and the list of signatories.

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September 22, 2015, New Orleans, Louisiana – In observance of the United Nations' International Day of Peace, Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat, OP, St. Mary’s Dominican High School’s Vice President of Dominican Catholic Identity blessed the circle of Pinwheels for Peace on the campus quad during the school’s annual observance of International Day of Peace. The pinwheels were made by students who wrote their prayers on the pinwheels.

International Day of Peace is celebrated on September 21 each year to recognize the efforts of those who have worked hard to end conflict and promote peace. The International Day of Peace is also a day of ceasefire – personal or political.

Since 1860, St. Mary’s Dominican High School has been a leader of Catholic education in the New Orleans region. The school’s 155-year legacy is rooted in the tradition of prayer, study, community, and service. These are the pillars of Dominican life and form the foundation for the Dominican student’s experience.

Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat, OP, second from right, blesses a circle of Pinwheels for Peace created by the students. Photo courtesey of St. Mary’s Dominican High School.



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