The Dominican Order has strong democratic roots going back to the time of Dominic. Every six years, the Adrian Dominican Sisters hold a “General Chapter” during which the Sisters make decisions that set the future direction for the Congregation. At that time, they also elect leaders to carry out the Chapter mandates.

General Council

The Congregation is led by a Prioress (“president”) and General Council, which includes a Vicaress (“vice president”) and three other Councilors. Our current General Council was elected in 2022 and will serve until the next General Council takes office in 2028.


Members of the General Council 2022-2028 as of September 2023 

Left to right: Sister Lorraine Réaume, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; Sisters Bibiana “Bless” Colasito, OP, Corinne Sanders, OP, and Fran Nadolny, OP, General Councilors; and Sister Elise D. García, OP, Prioress.







Leadership Council

Another group of leaders—Sisters elected regionally to serve as “Chapter Prioresses” or "Mission Prioresses"—join the General Council three times a year, forming the Leadership Council. Currently, seven Sisters serve as Chapter or Mission Prioresses. 

Leadership Council September 2023

12 Leadership Council Members September 2023

Members of the Leadership Council are, back row, from left: Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, Peggy Coyne, OP, Mary Soher, OP, Sharon Spanbauer, OP, Lorraine Réaume, OP, Corinne Sanders, OP, Bibiana "Bless" Colasito, OP; front row, from left: Fran Nadolny, OP, Mary Priniski, OP, Elise García, OP, Judy Friedel, OP, and Maria Yolanda "Yollie" Manapsal, OP.