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Adrian Dominican Sisters Invite the Public to Season of Creation Events through October 4

September 12, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – The Season of Creation is in full bloom at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, and the Sisters welcome all who are interested to walk with us through this special season.

The Season of Creation –Sunday, September 1 through Thursday, October 4 – is a special, optional season for Christians worldwide. This season gives Christians the invitation to deepen our relationship to God, our Creator, and to appreciate and find ways to protect God’s creation.

Upcoming Season of Creation events at the Motherhouse are as follows.

  • Autumn Equinox: Sister Esther Kennedy, OP, leads this celebration of Earth’s abundance and of Earth’s third seasonal turn of the year. The celebration will be from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, September 23, 2018 at Weber Center. The event is free and open to all. Registration is not required.

  • “The New Cosmology: Where to from Here?” Sister Catherine Vincie, RSHM, offers this presentation from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018, and from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2018, at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center. Sister Catherine contrasts the biblical cosmology with the new cosmology, discusses theological implications, and explores how Christians can take these insights into their corporate prayer. The cost is $80 for commuters, $100 per person for double occupancy, and $160 for single occupancy. Registration is required. To register, visit www.webercenter.org and click on “programs” or contact Weber Center at 517-266-4000 or webercenter@adriandominicans.org.

The Season of Creation also includes ongoing events. The 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays in St. Catherine Chapel and presided over by Father James Hug, SJ, Motherhouse Chaplain, will include a homily on various themes of the Season of Creation. The public is also welcome to Peace Prayer, held every Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. in Holy Rosary Chapel. During September, Peace Prayer will focus on themes related to the Season of Creation.

Sister Sue Schreiber, OP, will lead Meditation Walks in the Congregation’s Permaculture Gardens at 9:00 a.m. and 6:15 p.m. Thursdays, September 13, 20, and 27 and October 4. Meet at the Gaia Garden (raised garden bed) of the Permaculture Garden on the Motherhouse campus.

Elaine Johnson, Permaculture Coordinator, will conduct Golf Cart Tours of the Permaculture Gardens from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays during the Season of Creation. The tour will leave from the entrance of the Dominican Life Center on Tuesdays and from the main entrance of Weber Center on Thursdays. Reserve your space at the Dominican Life Center and Weber Center reception desks, or email Elaine at ejohnson@adriandominicans.org.

Adrian Dominican Sisters Plan Fall Campaigns for Justice and Peace

September 2, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – Fall is traditionally the season when people in the United States transition from more informal and relaxed activities of the summer to the routine of school and business. This Fall, the Adrian Dominican Sisters – through the Office of Global Mission, Justice, and Peace – will continue the serious work of advocating for justice and peace with a series of special events and campaigns from September through December. 

Sister Kathleen Nolan, OP, Director of the office, worked with the Congregation’s Justice Promoters to develop this campaign. “We recognize the overwhelming task ahead of us in a world full of turmoil, with many people and Earth suffering beyond our comprehension,” she said. “Our hope is to focus our energies and efforts where we can make an impact.” 

The series of campaigns began on September 1, declared by Pope Francis as the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Resources and prayer services for this special day are available through many sources, such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

September 1 also kicked off the Season of Creation, which continues through Tuesday, October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The season is an extension of the original World Day of Prayer for Creation. 

The Pace e Bene (Peace and All Good) Campaign Nonviolence is set for Sunday, September 18 through Sunday, September 25.  The purpose of the campaign is to build a culture of peace and non-violence globally and locally. 

A special Peace Prayer at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, September 20, 2016, in Holy Rosary Chapel, will focus on International Day of Peace, observed globally on Wednesday, September 21. The Peace Prayer, in collaboration with Siena Heights University, will incorporate the themes of the International Day of Peace and Hispanic Heritage Month, Sunday, September 25, through Saturday, October 15.

A group of Adrian Dominican Sisters will participate in a special School of the Americas (SOA) gathering, from Friday, October 7, through Monday, October 10, at the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales, Arizona. The SOA Watch movement was organized to put an end to the U.S. School of the Americas, which has trained military leaders from throughout Latin America. Those who have gone through the training have, in turn, used torture and violence against their own people. Traditionally held in November in Fort Benning, Georgia – site of the School of the Americas – the 2016 convergence will be held for the first time at the border in October to raise awareness of the militarization of U.S. borders.  

Finally, the Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates will participate in the December Sabbath, a project organized by Faiths United calling for the prevention of gun violence. Representatives of a variety of faiths – from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam to Sikh, Buddhism, and Hinduism – offer resources and prayers for the campaign, which runs from Wednesday to Sunday, December 14-18.



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