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April 20, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – The following is a statement by the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in response to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin.
With the jury finding Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd, the nation takes the collective breath that Mr. Floyd was denied for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Justice has been served.
We grieve the loss of Mr. Floyd’s life and offer our prayers to his bereaved family who will continue to mourn him for the rest of their lives.
We pray for Derek Chauvin that he may come to understand the monumental consequences of his lethal actions.
We call on all Americans to join in undoing the perduring racism that for too long has imperiled the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, sickened our souls, and debased our democracy. As women of faith who believe that all people are made in the image of God, called “to love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12), we commit to doing all we can to that end.
Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor; and Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor.
The Dominican Sisters of Adrian, a Congregation of about 500 vowed women religious and more than 200 Associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway, and the Philippines. The Congregation’s Vision is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”
April 16, 2021, Washington, D.C. – Sister Donna Markham, OP, PhD, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, was cited in a National Catholic Reporter Global Sisters Report article on the crisis of people who are behind in their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic – and on the various ways that Catholic Sisters are reaching out to help them. The national moratorium on eviction, emergency funds from Catholic Charities offices and grants from organizations such as the Felician Sisters’ Francis Fund can bring immediate help in this crisis, Sister Donna said. But the crisis really calls for “a lot of robust advocacy efforts with Congress and the [Biden] administration,” she added.
Read the entire article by Soli Salgado.
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