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February 23, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Holly Sammons, a Dominican Volunteer serving and living with Adrian Dominican Sisters this year, recently wrote an op-ed article for the Daily Telegram, explaining the refugee resettlement process. Drawing on her experience last year as a Dominican Volunteer in Atlanta, working on newly arrived refugees, Holly explained the strenuous process by which refugees are vetted before they’re approved to come to the United States. Saddened by President Trump’s efforts to suspend the entry of refugees, Holly writes, “Refugees are indeed the most rigorously screened population to enter the U.S. If a terrorist wanted to enter the U.S., he or she certainly would not choose to do so this way.” Read Holly’s Op-Ed.
Dominican Volunteers spend a year or more of their lives serving in ministry and living in community with Dominican Sisters or Friars throughout the United States. In her second year as a Dominican Volunteer, Holly ministers in the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation and in the Permaculture Office.
February 3, 2017, Wilmette, Illinois – Regina Dominican High School marked Catholic Schools Week, January 31-February 6, 2017, with a special Mass. Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, presided at the Mass and took the opportunity to bless the school’s newly renovated auditorium, O’Shaughnessy Theater, where the Mass was held. Read the full Wilmette Life article by Kathy Routliffe.
Catholic Schools Week, organized by the National Catholic Educational Association, is celebrated nationally each year in late January to early February to call attention to the contributions that Catholic schools make to our society and to the lives of the students. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”
Feature photo (top): Cardinal Blase J. Cupich pauses for a photo with Regina Dominican students, from left, Petra Kowalski, Lena Swabb, and Lily D’Agostino. Photo by Aidan Reedy