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By Liesel Riggs, Interim Director of Communications, Siena Heights University
May 9, 2022, Adrian, Michigan – Siena Heights University conferred honorary doctorates of humane letters to the members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council during its April 30, 2022, Honors Convocation in Spencer Performing Arts Center on the Adrian campus.
Siena Heights University sought to recognize its founders, the Adrian Dominican Sisters, with deep gratitude. This Congregation – steeped in the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community, and preaching – responded to the needs of young women by establishing a college so they could continue their education. In doing so, they planted and nurtured the seeds that have matured into fruitful graduates – including men since 1969 – whose diverse gifts have blessed our world in a myriad of ways over the last century.
The variety of the talents of this group of leaders represents the diversity of gifts by which numerous Adrian Dominicans have served the University for more than a century.
Sister Peg Albert, OP, PhD., President of Siena Heights University, said, “Each member of the General Council possesses expertise in given areas. They stand together to meet the needs of the poor, the marginalized and the degradation of our planet. Justice and peace are always utmost in their statements and actions.”
The following women were honored:
• Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress
• Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor
• Sister Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor
• Sister Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilor
• Sister Elise Garcia, OP, General Councilor
Siena Heights University is grateful to the Adrian Dominican General Council members for their leadership and their commitment to higher education.
Feature photo at top: Members of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ General Council wait to receive their honorary doctorates from Siena Heights University. They are, from left, Sisters Elise D. García, OP, and Patricia Harvat, OP, General Councilors; Sister Frances Nadolny, OP, Administrator and General Councilor; Sister Mary Margaret Pachucki, OP, Vicaress and General Councilor; and Sister Patricia Siemen, OP, Prioress.