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Statement of Adrian Dominican Sisters on Chauvin Guilty Verdict

April 20, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – The following is a statement by the General Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters in response to the guilty verdict of Derek Chauvin.

With the jury finding Derek Chauvin guilty in the murder of George Floyd, the nation takes the collective breath that Mr. Floyd was denied for 9 minutes and 29 seconds. Justice has been served.

We grieve the loss of Mr. Floyd’s life and offer our prayers to his bereaved family who will continue to mourn him for the rest of their lives.

We pray for Derek Chauvin that he may come to understand the monumental consequences of his lethal actions.

We call on all Americans to join in undoing the perduring racism that for too long has imperiled the lives of our Black brothers and sisters, sickened our souls, and debased our democracy. As women of faith who believe that all people are made in the image of God, called “to love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12), we commit to doing all we can to that end.

Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council are Sisters Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress; Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor; and Elise D. García, OP, General Councilor. 

The Dominican Sisters of Adrian, a Congregation of about 500 vowed women religious and more than 200 Associates, traces its roots back to St. Dominic in the 13th century. The Sisters minister in 22 states and in the Dominican Republic, Norway, and the Philippines. The Congregation’s Vision is to “seek truth, make peace, reverence life.”

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Avatar  Diane M Geverink 6 months agoReply

I also request that you pray for the souls and families of the following individuals who have lost their lives to violence: Ashli Babbitt, who was unarmed and killed by a Capitol Police Officer at the protest of January 6th; Anastasios Tsakos, a NYC police officer who was killed by a drunk driver, who fled the scene and has ranted on Facebook against the police; and Eric Talley, a Boulder, Colorado police officer killed by a gunman inside a Boulder supermarket. May justice be served in the unnecessary and criminal deaths of these persons.



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