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May 5, 2020, Washington, D.C. – Sister Raghad Saeed, OP, a Dominican Sister of St. Catherine of Siena of Iraq, experienced challenges even before beginning a doctorate program in Nanotechnology at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Her dream of doing doctoral work in physics was suspended in 2014 when her community was forced to flee their convents with the arrival of ISIS. In the Spring 2020 issue of Catholic U, Sister Raghad tells the story of the community’s flight from Mosul, their return, and the opportunity to revive her dreams and earn her doctorate, thanks in part to the intervention of Adrian Dominican Sister Donna Markham, OP, then a member of the Board of Trustees of Catholic University of America.
Feature photo: Sister Raghad Saeed, OP, with Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP, left, and Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress, right, during her visit to the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse
June 2, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – A recent article in The Daily Telegram, newspaper of Adrian, Michigan, recounts the story of Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, and her commitment to creating 1,000 paintings of origami cranes. Drawing from the Japanese tradition of folding 1,000 cranes for peace or health, Sister Barbara took on the task of painting the cranes to raise funds for the ministry of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq to thousands of Christians and other minorities who were in refugee camps in northern Iraq. They had been driven out of their homes on the Nineveh Plains in Iraq by ISIS. Read the full article by News Editor David Panian.