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July 19, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – All concerned people are invited to join the Adrian Dominican Sisters in an hour of contemplative prayer during the upcoming political conventions. Silent prayer will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, July 18-21, 2016, during the Republican National Convention and from Monday to Thursday, July 25-28, 2016, during the Democratic National Conventions. 

Both Holy Rosary Chapel and St. Catherine Chapel will be open for those who wish to pray. Holy Rosary Chapel is right off Siena Heights Drive, right next to Madden Hall, the main building of the Adrian Dominican Motherhouse. Parking is across the street. St. Catherine Chapel is part of the Dominican Life Center. Drive into the parking lot past Adrian Rea Literacy Center and follow the signs for the Dominican Life Center.

The hours of contemplative prayer are sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Spiritual Life Department.

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July 11, 2016, Detroit, Michigan – All are invited to a special celebration of St. Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles and Patron of the Order of Preachers, the Dominicans. The special event will take place from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at St. Suzanne Our Lady Gate of Heaven Church, 9357 Westwood, Detroit. 

The formal celebration will be followed by a strolling reception among displays of Dominican ministries and the Dominican family. All are invited to bring a finger food to pass.

This year’s celebration coincides with the 800th Jubilee of the Founding of the Dominicans. St. Dominic organized the order of Friars in 1216 – years after he had founded convents of contemplative women. The Order was part of a broad reform movement which saw traces of God in the simple message of the Gospel and in the everyday lives of men and women. St. Mary of Magdala was named the official patron of the Dominicans early in the Order’s history, in 1297.

This year’s celebration – sponsored by the Dominican Center for Religious Development – will include song, prayer, and the presentation of a short, original play, “The Women Came First,” giving voice to the first women of the Dominican family. Featured in the play will be Deb Carter, Adrian Dominican Associate and Dean Emerita of the College for Professional Studies, Siena Heights University, Adrian; Trudy McSorley, Adrian Dominican Associate and retired Dean for Students at Siena Heights; and Adrian Dominican Sister Anneliese Sinnott, OP, recently retired Professor of Systematic Theology and former Dean at Ecumenical Theological Seminary in Detroit. 

The playwright, Adrian Dominican Sister Cheryl Liske, OP, is a community organizer in the Gamaliel national network. For years, she has also been involved in researching the stories of the first Dominican women, whose lives have been largely unknown in history.



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