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Sister Mary Soher, OP, Honored for Work with Dominican Youth

March 22, 2022, Chicago – Sister Mary Soher, OP, received the Sister Pat Brady Award March 11 for her long-time work with Dominican youth, particularly her years of organizing the annual Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference. The conference, held at the end of June, draws about four students and their adult chaperones from each participating Dominican-sponsored high school in the United States and beyond, for a week of activities to form the young adults into preaching through their lives.

Sister Mary Soher, OP

Sister Mary received the award during the Inaugural Gala of the Dominican Youth Movement USA (DYMUSA), a newly formed unity of various programs designed to pass on the Dominican Charism to Dominican high school and college students and Dominican young adults. 

Sister Patricia Brady, OP

The award is named for Adrian Dominican Sister Patricia Brady, OP, who in 1999 founded what would become the Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference. She chaired the first board of directors of Dominican Volunteers USA and helped to found what later became known as the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools. She was director in 2008. Sister Patricia died in 2019.

The Gala included an introduction to DYMUSA and to its Board of Directors; talks from several young Dominicans involved in DYMUSA; and tributes to Sister Mary from Adrian Dominican Sisters, other Dominicans who worked with her, and Dominican youth who participated in the preaching conference. Amityville Dominican Sister Gina Fleming, OP, Executive Director of DYMUSA, served as emcee. 

“How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news,” Sister Mary said in response. “How beautiful are the feet of those who have walked this journey with me. I am incredibly thankful to my Dominican family,” including the Sisters, the Friars, the Associates, the laity, the nuns and all the young people. 

Read the article about the Inaugural Gala on the DYMUSA website, and watch the video below.


Feature photo (top): Sister Mary Soher, OP, right, interacts with students participating in the 2019 Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference, which she directed for more than 10 years. 

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