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March 1, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Three U.S. Dominican women gave a report during a February 17 webinar on their experiences as members of a delegation to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Iraq. Adrian Dominican Sisters Rose Ann Schlitt, OP, and Nancy Jurecki, OP, and Gloria Escalona, a member of the Dominican Laity, spoke of their November visit to the Sisters. 

The Dominican Sisters from Iraq returned to their homes on the Plains of Nineveh after having been expelled in August 2014 by fighters of the Islamic State. The Sisters lived in internal displacement camps in Northern Iraq with thousands of other refugees. Members of the delegation provide background on these events and on the destruction and ruin of homes and churches that the Sisters discovered upon their return home. 

The webinar was facilitated by Sister Patricia Farrell, OP, Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Conference. 

Watch the webinar and forward to the two-minute mark of the video, where the actual presentation begins. In the early part of the webinar, reference is made to the Most Reverend Mar Barnaba Yousif Habash, Bishop of the Syrian Catholic Church in the United States. However, the man pictured in the presentation is Bishop Yohanno Petros Moshe, Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Kirkuk, and Kurdistan in Iraq.

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August 17, 2015, Monroe, Michigan – Sister Durstyne “Dusty” Farnan, OP, Director of Vocations for the Adrian Dominican Sisters from November 2008 to June 2015, will conduct a webinar “How to Become a Catholic Sister” at 7:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 23, 2015. She will be one of five Sisters to kick off the new pilot webinar program offered by A Nun’s Life Ministry.

During her webinar, Sister Durstyne will speak on the steps that participants can take if they are discerning whether they are called to religious life. She will offer tips on where to start in this discernment journey and will speak on the general logistics involved in discerning religious life: choosing a religious community, contacting a vocation director, entering the formal discernment process, and speaking to family members and friends about becoming an active Sister or cloistered nun. Participants will also have the opportunity, through the chat room, to connect with others who are embarking on the same journey.

Other upcoming webinars, set for 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesdays, are as follows: “Is God Really Calling Me – And to What?,” August 26, 2015, Sister Teresita Richards, SND; “Discernment Techniques in a World Full of Choices,” October 28, 2015, Sister Deborah Borneman, SSCM; and “Prayer Pro-tips,” November 11, 2015, Sister Barbara Vano, OSF. Sister Candyce Rekart, IHM, will conduct a four-week series, “Engaging Advent,” at 1:00 p.m. on Sundays in Advent, November 29, 2015 – December 20, 2015.

A Nun’s Life is an online ministry that uses today’s technology to reach out to single Catholic women who are considering entering religious life. The ministry was co-founded in 2006 by Sisters Maxine Kollasch, IHM, and Julie Vieira, IHM, Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.




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