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February 15, 2024, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Congregation was one of 12 signatories – religious congregations and bishops from the Northwest United States – to a statement calling for a humanitarian ceasefire of the war in the Middle East and a return to negotiations for a two-state solution to the continuing conflict in Israel.

“We deplore the violence of the Hamas attack against Israel, just as we deplore the disproportionate violence against Palestinians in Gaza with months of indiscriminate bombing by Israeli forces – all while medical and humanitarian assistance are withheld from innocent civilians,” the statement reads. The religious leaders also noted their “great concern” over the widening conflict and the “significant increase” in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia throughout the world.

“As Catholics, we pray for a peaceful end to the war in Israel and Gaza, which is destroying innocent lives and devastating families, and invite all people of faith to pray and advocate for a peaceful resolution,” the religious leaders wrote. 

Based in Adrian, Michigan, the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 2003 merged with the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, who were based in the Archdiocese of Seattle.  

Read the entire statement.


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February 15, 2024, Detroit – Is one of your children preparing for First Communion or Confirmation this Spring? The latest booklet by Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP, Family Faith Conversations for Living Eucharist and Reconciliation, can help you to hove conversations with your children as they prepare for the sacrament – or to participate in Mass and the Sacraments in daily life.

Research has shown that parents can profoundly influence their children’s faith simply by speaking with them regularly about their own faith journey. “This booklet is designed to help you, as parents, engage in conversation with your child(ren) as you – by your conversations and your life – continually draw attention to God’s presence in their lives,” Sister Janet wrote in the introduction.

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Sister Janet Schaeffler, OP

A retreat leader and a consultant for catechists and adult faith formation leaders, Sister Janet previously served as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit. She is a recipient of the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) Distinguished Service Award. Sister Janet has also written numerous Advent reflection books and booklets to help in the faith formation of catechists and parents.

Family Faithful Conversations is available through Twenty-Third Publications or the Weber Shop at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. To order a copy, email webershop@adriandominicans.org or call 517-266-4035. 




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