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March 17, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – To mark the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Daily Telegram newspaper in Adrian profiled the stories of many of the more than 100 local lives lost due to coronavirus. Among those were 13 Adrian Dominican Sisters, who represent a total of 874 years of ministry – more than 300 in education. Two were particularly noted for their direct ministry in Adrian and in Lenawee County. Sister Esther Ortega, OP, upon retirement, ministered to migrant workers in the county. Sister Patricia O’Reilly, OP, served as admission coordinator at ProMedica Bixby Hospital in Adrian. Read the entire article by Spencer Durham.
Feature photo: Cemetery of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian, Michigan
March 4, 2021, Washington, D.C. – Cardinal Wilton Gregory, of the Archdiocese of Washington, has had strong ties to Catholic Sisters since he first attended St. Carthage School in Chicago. Taught by Adrian Dominican Sisters there, he was inspired to convert to Catholicism and to become a priest. An article on Cardinal Gregory’s rapport with religious Sisters cites a statement of support by the Adrian Dominican Sisters when then-Archbishop Gregory was named the first African-American Cardinal. Read the entire article by Josephine Von Dohlen in The Catholic Standard, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.
Feature photo: Sisters Lorraine (Johneda) Pepin, OP, and Pilar Martin, OP, spend time with students at St. Carthage School in Chicago, circa 1959. Cardinal Wilton Gregory attended this school. Adrian Dominican Sisters File Photo