By Sister Mary Jean Williams, OP
Director of Mission Integration, Regina Dominican High School
April 3, 2017 – Thanks to a mini-grant for National Catholic Sisters Week, four Regina Dominican High School freshmen traveled from Wilmette, Illinois, to provide a day of service for the Adrian Dominican Sisters at the Dominican Life Center. Regina Dominican was founded and is sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
The students’ weekend trip to the Motherhouse included several events. The students gathered after their arrival on Friday evening with the Dominican Young Adults (DYA) of Siena Heights University. The DYA described the experience and advantage of attending a Dominican university, the culture and community spirit, and ways of living the Dominican pillar of service.
Early Saturday, Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) Sisters from A Nun’s Life arrived to videotape the girls and four Sisters who had ministered at Regina Dominican High School. During the interviews, students asked questions about religious life and what each Sister enjoyed doing in her free time.
“We had a delightful time with you, the students and the Sisters, this past Saturday in Adrian,” said Sister Maxine Kollasch, IHM, co-founder of A Nun’s Life Ministry. “We continue to be deeply impressed by the young women’s composure and their understanding of vocation and discernment.”
In the interviews, the Sisters in turn asked the girls about service projects, if they had ever thought about being a Sister, and why they chose to attend Regina Dominican.
Before lunch, the Sisters who had ministered at Regina Dominican met with the Reginites and related favorite memories and funny stories. One of the students mentioned that she could identify with the Dominican roots of Regina Dominican because she met a Sister who was at the school when it first opened.
After lunch, many of the Sisters came to the Rose Room to play games, enjoy an ice cream social, and have their wheel chairs washed. As the students escorted Sisters back to their rooms, they took the opportunity to visit some of the Sisters who couldn’t attend the activities and to learn about their call to religious life. The students then spent their free time visiting the Sisters and exchanging stories.
Saturday evening, the group reflected on their day of service and their many exciting and positive experiences. They realized that even though some Sisters were physically unable to participate in the activities, they are happy, have good caregivers, spent their life in ministry for love of God, and now have the opportunity to spend more time in prayer. The students plan to share their experiences at school during Dominican Week in April.
On Sunday morning, members of the General Council and other Sisters met the students for breakfast. The students then assisted in setting up St. Catherine Chapel for Mass. The students took the opportunity before and after Mass to say good-bye to the Sisters they had visited.
“It was so pleasant meeting the young women from Regina Dominican,” Sister Helen Therese Mayer, OP, wrote in an email. “You are to be congratulated. The students certainly are self-possessed for their age. ... Thanks for bringing them to visit. Perhaps one or two, of them will come see Adrian again.”
August 17, 2015, Monroe, Michigan – Sister Durstyne “Dusty” Farnan, OP, Director of Vocations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters from November 2008 to June 2015, will conduct a webinar “How to Become a Catholic Sister” at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. She will be one of five Sisters to kick off the new pilot webinar program offered by A Nun’s Life Ministry.
During her webinar, Sister Durstyne will speak on the steps that participants can take if they are discerning whether they are called to religious life. She will offer tips on where to start in this discernment journey and will speak on the general logistics involved in discerning religious life: choosing a religious community, contacting a vocation director, entering the formal discernment process, and speaking to family members and friends about becoming an active Sister or cloistered nun. Participants will also have the opportunity, through the chat room, to connect with others who are embarking on the same journey.
Other upcoming webinars, set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesdays, are as follows: “Is God Really Calling Me – And to What?,” August 26, 2015, Sister Teresita Richards, SND; “Discernment Techniques in a World Full of Choices,” October 28, 2015, Sister Deborah Borneman, SSCM; and “Prayer Pro-tips,” November 11, 2015, Sister Barbara Vano, OSF. Sister Candyce Rekart, IHM, will conduct a four-week series, “Engaging Advent,” at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays in Advent, November 29, 2015 – December 20, 2015.
A Nun’s Life is an online ministry that uses today’s technology to reach out to single Catholic women who are considering entering religious life. The ministry was co-founded in 2006 by Sisters Maxine Kollasch, IHM, and Julie Vieira, IHM, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.