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Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP

Music runs in the family for Sister Magdalena. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, where her uncle directed a music conservatory, and came to the United States not long after World War II. A trained musician and published composer, she has written sacred and liturgical music and other instrumental and choral works. She has also performed around the United States and in Tokyo.

She taught music on the high school and college level and is now a Professor Emerita at Siena Heights University, Adrian, where she taught applied piano, music theory, and music history and literature for many years.

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Sister Nadine Sheehan, OP

Caring for the medical needs of the poor has formed the basis of much of Sister Nadine’s ministry as a nurse practitioner. Her work took her to Kentucky, focusing on helping the rural poor get proper medical attention. Among her efforts was to help start the Carter Health Awareness Program in Carter County to assist the elderly and working poor who needed medical services.

More recently, she served at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (now Henry Ford Hospital) in Macomb County, Michigan, where she helped develop, manage and serve in the Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinic to provide free health care to poor persons who were under-served, under-insured and uninsured.

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Human Rights Activist
Sister Luisa Campos, OP

A native of the Dominican Republic, Sister Luisa is a writer, attorney, and human rights activist. She has served as the Dominican Order’s Co-Promoter for Justice and Peace in Latin America and is the Director of Centro Antonio Montesino.

Her life’s work has been focused on advocating for and defending the rights of women and the impoverished people of the Dominican Republic.

In 2009, she wrote the definitive biography of Pedro de Córdoba, OP, the Prior of the first Dominican community in the Americas. He and his community denounced abuses against the Dominican Republic’s indigenous people.


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