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Statement of Adrian Dominican Sisters on Measures Taken to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19

Note: This statement has been edited to include the most recent mitigation protocols.

March 13, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – As U.S. public health officials on March 9 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.

Effective June 17 through December 31:

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

Effective May 1 through June 30:

  • All Congregation-related travel remains suspended.
  • The Motherhouse campus remains closed to all Sisters, guests and visitors.
  • All Sisters should avoid travel.
  • All Mission Appeals are canceled for 2020. 
  • All Weber Center programming remains suspended.

Effective April 6:

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

Effective March 20:

  • “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.

Effective March 19:

  • 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.

Effective March 14:

  • 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.

Effective March 10, 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.”


Virtual Talk on Green New Deal Offered September 22

September 1, 2020, Adrian, Michigan – Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Office of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Creation is offering a virtual presentation on the Green New Deal, a proposal in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to address global climate change.

Andrew Sarpolis, an organizer and activist with the Sierra Club, presents “Season of Creation: A Green New Deal” from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. EDT Tuesday, September 22, 2020. He will discuss what the Green New Deal is and isn’t and explain the importance of its implementation. The program will include time for questions and answers.

During his tenure with the Sierra Club, Andrew organized the March for Justice in 2015 and worked on a campaign to oppose Michigan Governor Rick Snyder’s sulfur dioxide clean-up plan in Wayne County. Andrew is an active member of the Climate Justice Committee of the North Oakland Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

The presentation can be accessed on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ website at http://www.adriandominicans.org/LiveStream.aspx.

This program is being offered as part of the Congregation’s celebration of the Season of Creation. The season, which is recognized by Christians throughout the world, begins each year on September 1, the Day of Prayer for Creation, and concludes on October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, Patron Saint of Creation. The season offers Christians the opportunity to pray together and to renew their commitment to the Creator and to creation. The 2020 theme is “Jubilee for the Earth: New Rhythms, New Hope.”


 

 

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