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February 15, 2024, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Congregation was one of 12 signatories – religious congregations and bishops from the Northwest United States – to a statement calling for a humanitarian ceasefire of the war in the Middle East and a return to negotiations for a two-state solution to the continuing conflict in Israel.

“We deplore the violence of the Hamas attack against Israel, just as we deplore the disproportionate violence against Palestinians in Gaza with months of indiscriminate bombing by Israeli forces – all while medical and humanitarian assistance are withheld from innocent civilians,” the statement reads. The religious leaders also noted their “great concern” over the widening conflict and the “significant increase” in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia throughout the world.

“As Catholics, we pray for a peaceful end to the war in Israel and Gaza, which is destroying innocent lives and devastating families, and invite all people of faith to pray and advocate for a peaceful resolution,” the religious leaders wrote. 

Based in Adrian, Michigan, the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 2003 merged with the Edmonds Dominican Sisters, who were based in the Archdiocese of Seattle.  

Read the entire statement.


Statement of the Adrian Dominican Sisters

December 22, 2023, Adrian, MichiganThe General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, on behalf of Sisters and Associates, issued a statement today supporting Pope Francis’s call for an end to war. Below is the statement.

As women of faith who await the coming of the Prince of Peace with the promise of new life for our whole Earth community, our hearts are heavy with the growing ache of so many lives lost in the madness of war in the Holy Land, Ukraine, Sudan, and other places around the world. We see a piercing truth in circulating images of Joseph and Mary in the Holy Land huddled around a pile of rubble where the infant Jesus lies, no crib for a bed, with bombed-out shelters collapsing behind him.

“War is always a defeat,” Pope Francis said. “Stop! Stop!”

We join the Pope in calling for an end to war. We pray for the wellbeing of all the infants, children, and young people who are lying on piles of rubble in wars around the world that are ravaging their innocent lives and destroying their futures. May the coming of the One who taught us to love one another as we are so loved swathe our common home in God’s loving peace and goodwill.

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Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters General Council are Sisters Elise D. García, OP, Prioress; Bibiana “Bless” Colasito, OP, and Frances Nadolny, OP, General Councilors; Lorraine Réaume, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; and Corinne Sanders, OP, General Councilor.



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