May 16, 2019, Rome – Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, was one of many elected leaders of women religious to offer a positive and optimistic reflection of the visit of Pope Francis during the closing session of the 2019 meeting of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).
“I was touched by his compassion and affirmation of the women religious leaders gathered for the audience,” she said. “His first words to us, affirming our call to consecrated life and acknowledging the differing charisms of religious life, were pastorally refreshing.” Sister Pat was also impressed by his walking up the hall with two Sisters “without clerical presence or fanfare, like a brother and sisters walking together,” and with his willingness to answer questions from UISG members.
Read the entire Global Sisters Report article by Gail DeGeorge. Scroll down about half-way through the article to find Sister Pat’s reflection.
April 27, 2019, Santa Cruz, California – Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Dignity Health, notes in a special Earth Day article in National Catholic Reporter that the hospitals in her health care system are focusing on their responsibility to be good stewards of natural resources. Sister Mary Ellen has long been in the forefront of ecological efforts at Dignity Health, now part of CommonSpirit Health since the merger of Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives in February 2019. Under Sister Mary Ellen’s leadership, Dignity Health set a number of specific goals to “reduce its carbon footprint by 2020.” To read the portion of the article on Sister Mary Ellen and her work with Dignity Health, click here and scroll down a bit more than half way through the article.