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.
March 16, 2019, Omaha, Nebraska – Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, will speak at a June 27-29, 2019, national conference to inspire leaders of Catholic parishes and schools to integrate the message of Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, Laudato Si’. This first of three biennial conferences, to be held at Creighton University in Omaha, is organized by the university and Catholic Climate Covenant.
Before her election as Prioress, Sister Pat, an attorney, founded and directed the Center for Earth Jurisprudence, which “seeks to advance legal principles that will protect nature.” The Center also offers courses, publications, and events to educate the public about the inherent rights of nature and the human responsibility to protect Earth.
Read the article by Dennis Sadowski on the upcoming conference.