March 1, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Three U.S. Dominican women gave a report during a February 17 webinar on their experiences as members of a delegation to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Iraq. Adrian Dominican Sisters Rose Ann Schlitt, OP, and Nancy Jurecki, OP, and Gloria Escalona, a member of the Dominican Laity, spoke of their November visit to the Sisters.
The Dominican Sisters from Iraq returned to their homes on the Plains of Nineveh after having been expelled in August 2014 by fighters of the Islamic State. The Sisters lived in internal displacement camps in Northern Iraq with thousands of other refugees. Members of the delegation provide background on these events and on the destruction and ruin of homes and churches that the Sisters discovered upon their return home.
The webinar was facilitated by Sister Patricia Farrell, OP, Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Conference.
Watch the webinar and forward to the two-minute mark of the video, where the actual presentation begins. In the early part of the webinar, reference is made to the Most Reverend Mar Barnaba Yousif Habash, Bishop of the Syrian Catholic Church in the United States. However, the man pictured in the presentation is Bishop Yohanno Petros Moshe, Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, and Kurdistan in Iraq.
Gratitude for the work that you just do. I had the Adrian Dominican Sisters as teachers in elementary school in the 1950's. Keep up the good work that you just do. To encourage you as St. Paul proclaims, that is, encourage you, people in the latter 110O's were praying the 150 Psalms, some of which contain vengeance. Our Blessed Mother, the Virgin Mary appeared, that is, a vision not a rainbow, appeared to St. Dominic Guzma'n and told St. Dominic Guzma'n that the people should pray Hail Mary Prayers and Our Father Prayers and Glory Be Prayers, which eventually accumulated as the Holy Rosary instead of the 150 Psalms, some of which contain vengeance. St. Therese of the Child Jesus and Holy Face, pray for us. Amen. St. Joseph, pray for us. Amen. Our Lady of Peace, pray for us. Amen.