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”), Administrator, and two other Councilors. Our current General Council was elected in 2016 and will serve until the next General Council takes office in 2022.



Left to right: Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator; Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor; Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress; Elise García, OP, General Councilor.




Leadership Council

Another group of leaders—Sisters elected regionally to serve as “Chapter Prioresses”—join the General Council three times a year, forming the Leadership Council. Currently, eight Sisters serve as Chapter Prioresses; the Leadership Council also includes a Sister who serves as the appointed leader of Sisters who are no longer able to participate in governance, and the Secretary of the Congregation.


Leadership Council September 2021


Leadership Council Members 2021

Back row: Elise Garcia, OP, Mary Jane Lubinski, OP, Peggy Coyne, OP, Pat Siemen, OP, Sharon Spanbauer, OP, Judy Friedel, OP, Frances Nadolny, OP.
Front row: Joy Finfera, OP, Mary Priniski, OP, Mary Soher, OP, Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Patty Harvat, OP. Not pictured, Rosita Yaya, OP.