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July 29, 2019, Omaha, Nebraska – Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, brought a recent conference, “Laudato Si’ and the U.S. Catholic Church” to a close June 29, 2019, with a special challenge to all who care about Earth: “tell stories that invite others to enter into an experience of wanting to become involved in protecting creation and our ecological world.” Sister Patricia, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, was the closing keynote speaker at the conference, sponsored and hosted by Creighton University in Omaha and co-sponsored by Catholic Climate Covenant. The conference aimed to show Catholics and Catholic organizations how to live out Laudato Si’, a recent pastoral letter by Pope Francis on caring for Earth, our Common Home.
Read the full article, written by Brian Roewe and published by the National Catholic Reporter.
May 16, 2019, Rome – Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, was one of many elected leaders of women religious to offer a positive and optimistic reflection of the visit of Pope Francis during the closing session of the 2019 meeting of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG).
“I was touched by his compassion and affirmation of the women religious leaders gathered for the audience,” she said. “His first words to us, affirming our call to consecrated life and acknowledging the differing charisms of religious life, were pastorally refreshing.” Sister Pat was also impressed by his walking up the hall with two Sisters “without clerical presence or fanfare, like a brother and sisters walking together,” and with his willingness to answer questions from UISG members.
Read the entire Global Sisters Report article by Gail DeGeorge. Scroll down about half-way through the article to find Sister Pat’s reflection.