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Sister Jamie Phelps at podium receiving an honorary doctorate

August 18, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters have signed an agreement to endow $500,000 for a scholarship to the Institute for Black Catholic Studies (IBCS) at Xavier University in New Orleans. The Sister Jamie Phelps, OP, Endowed Scholarship will provide financial assistance to students enrolled in advance degree or continuing education programs offered by the IBCS.

An Adrian Dominican Sister, Sister Jamie was instrumental in the establishment of the IBCS, the only institute dedicated to the Catholic Church’s mission of forming disciples for more effective ministry in the Black Catholic community, the Church, and the community at large. She served from 2003 to 2011 as the Director of the IBCS and as the Katherine Drexel Professor of Systemic Theology at Xavier University.

A psychiatric social worker, community organizer, and parish pastoral associate, Sister Jamie has also written and lectured extensively on topics such as African American Catholics, the mission of the Church, religion and human rights, evangelization, religious life, and Christology.

In addition to honoring Sister Jamie, the endowment is “an act of reparation for [the Congregation’s] complicity in racism and to advance racial equality and transformative justice,” said Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP. 

For more information, read the Global Sisters’ Reports’ Monday Starter article by Chris Herlinger. The endowed scholarship is covered in the second article.


Rosary Heights, former Motherhouse for Edmunds Dominican Sisters

August 18, 2022, Seattle, Washington – Catholic women religious have served the people of the Northwest with joy and dedication in the past 156 years. Northwest Catholic, in an article by Jean Parietti, highlights this joyful service in areas from traditional education and healthcare to peace and justice ministries and advocacy against human trafficking and gun violence.

The article notes the spirit of collaboration among the sisters in the 27 religious congregations serving the Archdiocese of Seattle. Among them are seven legacy congregations that have served the area for about 150 years – including the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, which merged with the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 2003.

“We say that we grew up together, served in leadership together, and have been blessed to collaborate in ministries that meet the needs of the day,” said Sister Judy Byron, OP, Associate Director of the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center. Sister Judy, a former Edmonds Dominican Sister, is one of the Sisters from legacy congregations who have been profiled in the article.

Read the entire article here


Feature photo at top: Rosary Heights was part of the Motherhouse of the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, one of the seven legacy congregations in the Archdiocese of Seattle.




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