April 28, 2016, Santa Cruz, California – An article by Erin Kelly-Allshouse in the Santa Cruz Sentinel traces the growth of Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski’s humble herb garden into a 9,000 square foot certified organic garden that produces an assortment of colorful flowers, 30 perennial fruit trees, and a variety of vegetables. But the garden also provides a haven of peace and healing for Dominican Hospital’s harried staff members, patients, and patient visitors. Sister Mary Ellen ministers as the ecology director for Dignity Health, the health care system that includes Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz and St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in Henderson and Las Vegas, Nevada. Read the full article.
April 8, 2016, Miami, Florida – Barry University continued its year-long celebration of its 75th anniversary on April 5 with a lunch-time mini-conference on Earth Justice: Ways of Caring for our Common Home. Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, President, welcomed five Adrian Dominican Sisters who served as panelists. Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress-elect of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and founder and director of the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, facilitated the panel discussion. Also serving on the panel were Sister Judy Byron, OP; Sister Carol Coston, OP; Sister Elise D. García, OP; and Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP. Watch the video of the panel discussion.