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January 4, 2021, Stockton, California – Sister Judith Rimbey, OP, was recognized in an article on the website of Stakeholder Health for her role in enabling the local residents of Stockton, California – mostly people of color – to afford their own homes. Sister Judith was the manager of community investment for Dignity Health, a healthcare system that included two hospitals sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Under Sister Judith’s leadership, Dignity Health invested funds so that Stocktonians Taking Action to Neutralize Drugs (STAND) could develop properties with affordable housing. 

Read the entire article by Tom Peterson on community investment in Stockton. The reference to Sister Judith can be found toward the middle of the article, under the heading, “Help from the Retirement Fund.” 


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Note: This statement, originally published March 13, 2020, continues to be updated to include the most recent mitigation protocols.

Adrian, Michigan – As U.S. public health officials on March 9, 2020, called for stricter measures of social distancing to mitigate the accelerating community spread of COVID-19 in the United States, the Adrian Dominican Sisters took immediate steps to join in the national effort. Since then, the Congregation has continued to increase its efforts in mitigating the spread.

As of December 14, 2020:

  • All Co-workers who enter a building where they may be in direct contact with Sisters must wear N-95 face masks and face shields.

As of May 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021:

  • All Congregation-related travel remains suspended.
  • All Congregation meetings will be held virtually.
  • The Motherhouse campus remains closed to all guests and visitors through April 5, 2021.
  • All Sisters should avoid commercial travel.
  • All Weber Center in-person programming remains suspended.

As of April 6, 2020:

  • All Co-workers must wear a face mask while they are on campus.

As of March 20, 2020:

  • “Shelter in Place” for Adrian campus residents, who must remain on campus and in their communities;
  • Dining rooms closed and meals are delivered to campus residents;
  • St. Catherine Chapel closed to residents; liturgies continue with necessary personnel and are broadcast through closed circuit television.

As of March 19, 2020:

  • Madden Hall administrative offices are closed to all, except critical Co-workers; others work from home, as possible;
  • Co-workers in positions critical to the care of the residents are screened daily for symptoms of illness.

As of March 14, 2020:

  • In compliance with State Executive Order prohibiting visitors at health care and residential facilities, no outside visitors to the Motherhouse campus;
  • Co-workers are to self-screen, monitor, track, and report any symptoms of illness.

As of March 10, 2020, the Congregation has suspended:

  • all Congregation-related travel as well as meetings, conferences, and gatherings involving travel by its 533 Sisters, 206 Associates and nearly 300 Co-workers;
  • personal travel by Sisters to areas where the virus has been reported and participation anywhere in social or other events involving larger groupings of people;
  • all workshops and programs sponsored or hosted by Weber Retreat and Conference Center; and 
  • visits by off-campus guests to the Dominican Life Center of the Motherhouse where the community’s elder members reside. 

A task force comprised of the Congregation’s Administrator and lay leaders of the Motherhouse campus are meeting daily to monitor the pandemic and to develop effective mitigation protocols and implement new measures as needed. As conditions warrant, these suspensions may be modified.  

The Adrian Dominican Sisters join with people around the world in prayer for the victims of the coronavirus, their families, and all healthcare workers who are courageously serving on the frontlines of this pandemic. In their letter to the community announcing this “prudential preventative action,” the five members of the General Council wrote that the measures were being implemented “for the common good of our own community and the larger communities in which we live and serve.”


 

 

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