September 28, 2023, New York, New York – Adrian Dominican Sister Joan Delaplane, OP, was one of two homiletics teachers recognized by Father Manuel Williams as instrumental in his preaching training. A member of the Congregation of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ and a preacher of revivals and missions, he praised the women for teaching him not to take his privilege of preaching for granted and not to “step into that preaching moment unprepared.” Sister Joan, now a spiritual director and retreat leader in Adrian, taught homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology , a Dominican graduate school in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the first woman to serve as President of the American Academy of Homiletics. Sister Joan was recognized along with Ven. Sister Thea Bowman, FSPA (1937-1990), an African American member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration who, as a consultant for intercultural awareness, offered lively presentations throughout the country. Her Cause for Canonization is ongoing. Read more about Father Manuel and the influence of Sisters Joan Delaplane and Thea Bowman in an article and podcast published by America Magazine .