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Dominican Spirit

With the passage of time over the decades, the Adrian Dominican spirit has of course changed in accidentals, but essentially it remains alive and well today.

In 1967, the Congregation observed the 75th anniversary of the establishment of St. Joseph Province in Adrian, the Midwest "rural outpost" of the Dominican Motherhouse in New York City. To help celebrate that anniversary, the sisters were invited to contribute to a booklet showing some of their artwork, such as paintings, poems, musical compositions, ceramics, weaving, calligraphy and sculpture. Among the free-verse offerings was a piece that began with these words: "Adrian today is a point in time . . . neither beginning nor end but encompassing both in the moment that is NOW!"

Today, these words seem quite applicable to us as Adrian Dominicans of the new millennium. We tend to take seriously St. Dominic’s advice that seed, to be productive, must not be left to moulder in the ground but must be scattered and sown. We are women ready for new challenges, risk-takers looking to our forebears for wisdom and courage. We Adrian sisters lay claim — in both humility and pride — to the hardy spirit of the early members. Friends have been heard to observe: "When you’ve met one Adrian Dominican, you’ve met one Adrian Dominican." Resisting regimentation has been characteristic of the Dominican tradition from the time of our founder, St. Dominic, in the 13th century. We see in our sisters a wonderful diversity of gifts and personalities and we rejoice that each woman is encouraged and helped to develop in the way best for her in her own life’s journey and ministry. By and large, we are friendly, hospitable, cooperative, hard-working, socially conscious Dominicans. Grateful for the educational and ministerial opportunities afforded by our Congregation, we know we still have much to do and learn if we are to be faithful to the special Dominican ministry of preaching — that is, "communicating the Word of God through word, style of life and manner of service" (Constitution and Statutes, 6.1).