Monday, March 31, 2014

We all know this year's gathering is in Weber Center in Adrian from July 23-26. This is the last event at Weber Center. I hope you have considered sending in your registration and memberships.

We have happy news to report regarding our gatherings in 2015 and 2016. Through the hard work of Mary Pat Reid and Pat Daly along with the support of local membership we are happy to announce we have sites for those two gatherings. As we had shared many motherhouses have had renovations that preclude our meeting there and this has not been an easy task.

We realize some of you may need to budget for these Gatherings and so are sending you the dates and places now.

Happily both are on the grounds of Dominican Motherhouses:

DIA Gathering 2015 will take place at Heartland Spirituality Center in Great Bend, Kansas. It is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and is located on the grounds of the Great Bend Motherhouse and has the chapel designed by INAI as well as Dominican hospitality.  It will take place Wednesday July 22 through Saturday, July 25, 2015.
DIA Gathering 2016 will take place at the retreat center at Racine, WI from Wednesday July 27 through Saturday, July 30, 2016.

We hope you will mark your calendars for these future gatherings.

I hope you have seen the last email which involved website opportunities for sisters and associates for the sisters grant for ncr. I hope you will take advantage of it.

Congratulations to  Alyce Van Acker OP  who is having a 40 year retrospective this month. We hope to know more soon so we can publicize it. If you are having a show or special event please let us know.

Happy Lent!

Barbara Schwarz OP

Friday, March 28, 2014

NCR expanded coverage for Women religious and associates

I encourage you to consider being part of this project.
As you are all aware, the National Catholic Reporter received a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to expand coverage of women religious, both in the U.S. and internationally. As part of that initiative, a Global Sisters Report website will be launched in April.

Sister Jan Cebula, OSF, the Project Liaison for the website, has contacted us to explore how CWR members can become involved and contribute. As the Global Sisters Report website launch approaches, Sister Jan is reaching out to CWR for the specific needs for the website at this point in time:

Women religious and others associated with women religious who are interested in writing for a blog (short pieces) on a frequent basis. These would be responses to timely events or current issues in the news, written from the writer’s perspective. Persons interested in writing a blog, should contact Sister Jan Cebula, OSF at for more information and to submit a writing sample.

Women religious who are interested in writing longer pieces (essay length--800-1000 words) on a regular basis on the following topics: environmental issues, economic inequality/poverty and contemplation. Persons interested should contact Sister Jan Cebula, OSF at for more information and to submit a writing sample.

Young women in formation who are interested in writing occasional columns. Persons interested should contact Colleen Dunne at and submit a writing sample.

Contributions of inspiring or compelling photographs or visual artwork. For more information, contact Tracy Abeln at

CWR Executive Team: Julie Gilberto Brady, Co-Chair, Eileen Dickerson, Co-chair, Sister Barbara Mullen, CSJ, Treasurer

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grand Rapids Art Exhibit

Lucianne Siers OP sent this to forward to membership. Even if you can't go the pdf is beautiful. Grandrapids are exhibt_small.pdf    PDf of exhibit.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Have YOU seen us at the Dominican Sister Conference Website?

News of the Dominican Institute for the Arts is getting around. Don't miss your chance as a member to be on the website. Just go to member pages and download the form and send it to us with photos. It really is easy.

Today see us at in the middle of the home page both the gathering info and our OPalette!