Experience Eco-spirituality and the Arts at Springbank
Perhaps St. Bernard said it best: "You will learn more in woods than you will in books. The trees and stones will teach you what you will never learn in the school of the masters." One of the places that best epitomizes this philosophy is Springbank, a center for eco-spirituality and the arts located in Kingstree, South Carolina. More>>

Bringing People Closer to God in the Dominican Republic
It started with a dream, a dream born out of a need for spiritual directors in her country. Ana Feliz, OP, had completed the internship program in spiritual direction at the Dominican Center for Religious Development in Detroit and returned to her native Dominican Republic. She quickly realized that spiritual directors were not only lacking in the DR, but so was any kind of formation program for them. She knew she was being called to remedy the situation. More>>

Leading the Associate Program Along a New Path/Welcome New Associates
January ushered in a new year, as well as a new director of the Associate Program. Deborah Regal, an Adrian Dominican Associate since 1992, took over the ministry from Mary Ellen Youngblood, OP, who served as director for 10 years. Deb will continue to serve as the peace and justice promoter for the Great Lakes Mission Chapter. Also, the Adrian Dominican Associate Program continues to grow, as 19 women were accepted as Associates during November, December and January. More>>

Dominican Order Celebrates the 800th Anniversary of the Founding of Prouilhe Monastery
This year marks the 800th anniversary of the monastery in Prouilhe, France, founded by St. Dominic. This first monastery, founded in 1206, is the cornerstone of the Dominican Order and the Dominican Family. More>>

Celebrating 100 Years of Life and Ministry
"Thank you, thank you, the Lord has been good to all of us." And especially to Helen Rita McCartney, OP, who turned 100 on January 19 and offered these words of thanksgiving to those who had gathered for her birthday celebration in the Dominican Life Center. More>>

Composting Begins on the Motherhouse Campus
Thanksgiving Day 2005 marked the establishment of the Sister Frances de Chantal Ulrich Compost Center on the Adrian Dominican Sisters campus, named for the Dominican woman "rooted in Adrian, as sturdy as the maple trees ... who understood the genesis of life and growth ... worked the soil and gathered up what it yielded," as her biography notes. Sister Frances died on Thanksgiving eve in 1977 at the age of 82. More>>

Serving as a Model of Vowed Dominican Life
Last summer, Sisters Mary Jones and Jackie Stoll embarked on their year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) in St. Louis. When they got there, they found they weren't alone, because not only were other novices waiting, but also Adrian Dominican Sister Kathleen McGrail, OP, who had recently begun her ministry as co-director of the CDN. More>>

Women in History: Sister Andrew Matousek, 1890-1910
The Matousek family was well known in Cleveland, Ohio. They helped found the parish of St. John Nepomucene, and they were fine musicians. One of their sons, Frank, was the organist at St. John for years. When the parish school opened in 1903, staffed by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, he taught one of the grades. More>>