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Adrian Dominicans among US Catholic Leaders Urging President Trump and Members of Congress to Fund UN Climate Change Efforts

November 17, 2017, Washington, D.C. – Four Adrian Dominican Sisters are among 162 Catholic leaders urging President Donald Trump and all Members of Congress to continue to help fund global efforts to address climate change.

Among the signatories of a letter initiated by the Catholic Climate Covenant are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Congregation; Linda Bevilacqua, OP, President of Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida; Mary Margaret (Peg) Albert, OP, President of Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan; and Donna Markham, OP, President and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, and a former Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Barry University and Siena Heights University are sponsored institutions of the Congregation, which is based in Adrian, Michigan.

“We call on our government leaders to ensure that the United States does its part to help support the UN’s efforts to address global climate change,” Sister Patricia said. “As the world’s largest historic carbon emitter, we have a special responsibility when it comes to helping reduce and counter the effects of carbon pollution.” 

The letter, dated November 16, 2017, calls on President Trump’s Administration and members of Congress to:

  • Support the Senate Appropriation Committee’s amendment providing $10 million to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); 
  • Participate meaningfully in the deliberations of the UNFCCC; and 
  • Honor our nation’s commitment to the Green Climate Fund.

In the letter, the Catholic leaders affirm the Church’s longstanding commitment to care for creation and our poor and vulnerable neighbors, and reiterate the U.S. Catholic bishops’ call to act upon the widely accepted understanding of climate change science.

“Women religious are keenly aware of the threat climate change poses to God’s creation, especially to those who are most vulnerable,” said Sister Teresa Maya, CCVI, President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. “We believe that we are called to live in right relationship with all of creation and we know that each of us has a responsibility to cooperate with God to protect our common home.”

Adrian Dominican Prioress Patricia Siemen affirmed that statement, noting, “As a Congregation ‘we are still in’ the Paris Agreement – taking steps to mitigate our own carbon footprint and to move towards a clean-energy future for the common good of people and planet.”


Nonviolent Peace Activist Iyad Burnat to Offer Presentation and Book Signing November 13

November 1, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Iyad Burnat, a Palestinian protestor active since 2005, will speak about his nonviolent peace activism at 6:30 p.m. Monday, November 13 at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian. Following the talk, he will sign his book, Bil’in and the Nonviolent Resistance.

Burnat began his non-violent weekly demonstrations against the West Bank barrier in 2005 in Bil’in, a village in Palestine. He is also the leader of two organizations: Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall and Freedom and Justice in Bil’in.

The presentation is sponsored by the History Department of Siena Heights University and the Adrian Dominican Sisters Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. 

Copies of Burnat’s book will be available that evening for purchase and signing. The presentation is free and open to the public. No registration is required.

Weber Center is located on the Adrian Dominican Sisters Motherhouse campus, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. 

For further information, contact Sister Kathleen Nolan, OP, Director of the Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation, at 517-266-3403 or knolan@adriandominicans.org.


 

 

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