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By Meredith Amor
Communications Director, Barry University

March 3, 2020, Miami, Florida – Barry University President Dr. Michael Allen, Board Chair John Bussel, Adrian Dominican Sisters Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP, and members of the Barry University community gathered February 27, 2020, to honor Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, and to celebrate the opening of the Adrian Dominican Institute for Mission and Leadership on the University’s Miami Shores Campus.

From left, President Michael Allen, PhD; Father Cristobal Torres, OP, University chaplain; Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP; and Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP.

An alumna, President Emerita, and now founding director of the Institute, Sister Linda will guide the Institute to cultivate and sustain the mission and heritage of Barry University’s sponsors, the Adrian Dominican Sisters, for future generations.

“I am deeply humbled and honored by the creation of the Institute,” Sister Linda said. “With the engagement of students, faculty, and staff, we will work diligently to strengthen the infusion of the University’s Core Commitments – Knowledge and Truth, Inclusive Community, Social Justice, and Collaborative Service – into all aspects of the University’s life.”

Supported by three lead gifts from the Adrian Dominican Sisters, the Shepard Broad Foundation, and the Garner Foundation, the Adrian Dominican Institute for Mission and Leadership will preserve the legacy of the Adrian Dominican Sisters through efforts such as workshops, lectures, and special events that promote mission-centered learning; the creation of a resource library; and collaboration with other Adrian Dominican-sponsored institutions.

“At Barry’s dedication in 1941, Archbishop Amletto Giovanni Cicognani noted that this institution is the result of the ‘daring undertaking of courageous Sisters,’” Dr. Allen said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “The Institute will be the steward of that tradition and help ensure that courageous spirit remains on display.”

At the same event, Barry University officially dedicated Bevilacqua Hall in Sister Linda’s honor. The residence hall was constructed during her 15-year tenure as President. Board Chair John Bussel presented Sister Linda with a framed photo of the hall now bearing her name, as well as a photobook commemorating her time as Barry University President.


Left: Cutting the ribbon for the Adrian Dominican Institute for Mission and Leadership are, from left, Barry University President Michael Allen, PhD; Barry University Board Chair John Bussel, representing the Shepard Broad Foundation; Barry University Vice Chair Gerald Moore, representing the Garner Foundation; President Emerita Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, and Adrian Dominican Sisters Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP. 

Right: Adrian Dominican Sisters attending the dedication ceremony are, from left, Prioress Patricia Siemen, OP, and Sisters Mary Ann Caulfield, OP, Evelyn Piche, OP, Linda Bevilacqua, OP, Sharon Weber, OP, Andrea Balconis, OP, and Mary Tindel, OP.

Photos Courtesy of Barry University Office of Communications


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