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Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP, Named New Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Conference
Sister Xiomara Mendez-Hernandez, OP

December 7, 2022 – Adrian Dominican Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP, has been named the new Executive Director of the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC), an organization that “unites the Sisters and Associates of U.S. Dominican Congregations in their mission to preach the Gospel of Jesus, standing as a clear voice for truth, justice, and peace.” The announcement came December 6, 2022, from outgoing Executive Director Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa (Wisconsin). The full press release follows.

Dominican Sisters Conference Names New Executive Director

The Executive Committee of the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) is pleased to announce its selection of Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, OP, as its new Executive Director. She will take the place of Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP (Sinsinawa) who completes just under three years of excellent service to the DSC.

A Dominican Sister of Adrian for 14 years, Sister Xiomara has extensive experience with the first core team of the 55 and under cohort, Dominican Women Afire!, and she served two years as board President of Giving Voice, a peer led organization that creates spaces for younger women religious to give voice to their hopes, dreams, and challenges in religious life.

“I am delighted that the DSC will be led by such a passionate and committed Dominican woman as Xiomara, who brings a younger new perspective to our Conference,” said Anne Lythgoe, OP (Peace), President of the DSC. “Xiomara possesses a deeply reflective spirit, intelligence and most importantly, the collaborative style of relating that draws out the best in others. I sense we are about to move into a transformative time in the history of the DSC.”

Sister Xiomara currently serves as the Interim Manager of the Spiritual Care Department of Holy Cross Health in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She has held similar chaplaincy positions since 2015. She has participated in the Collaborative Leadership Development Program and the Gamaliel National Leadership program on community organizing, among other similar programs. She holds a master’s degree from Catholic Theological Union in pastoral studies. 

Sister Xiomara comes to the role of Executive Director with cultural and international sensitivity, and a faith in the transformational power of inclusion and diversity. We welcome Sister Xiomara to this position and we hold her in our prayers for success at this very exciting time for the Dominican Sisters Conference.

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Avatar  Margaret Galiardi last yearReply

Congratulations Xiomara! What a wonderful voice for DSC!
Many blessings and much happiness!




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