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Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters elect new leadership

the Inland Register

(From the May 19, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

From left: Dominican Sisters Colleen Settles, Toni Harris (prioress), Elizabeth Pawlicki, Patricia Beckman, Pamela Mitchell (vicaress), and Angelo Collins. (IR photo courtesy of the Sinsinawa Dominicans)

The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters held their 24th General Chapter at their motherhouse April 2-9. They set direction for 2016-2021 and elected new leadership, working under the theme “Setting Out Anew Together.”

The Sisters developed a new Direction Statement for 2016-2021, which states:

“Called forth by God’s expansive love and mercy for all creation, we claim and embrace God’s mission to be our mission. As contemplative women of the Gospel, preachers of truth, and minsters of mercy, we hear the cries for mercy and compassion moving us to a radical Gospel response of unconditional love; we call ourselves to respond to the needs of immigrants and refugees and to seek ways to relieve suffering; we are compelled to risk our comfort and privilege to confront the evil of racism; we commit ourselves to the urgent summons of Laudato Si’ (Pope Francis’s encyclical letter) to care for Earth, our home. Graced by the Spirit and strengthened by our Sinsinawa Dominican legacy, we promise to hold each other in radical grace and respect as we set out anew together.”

The leadership team includes Dominican Sister Antoinette “Toni” Harris, Prioress-elect, and Councilors-elect: Sisters Pamela “Pam” Mitchell (Vicaress), Colleen Settles, Elizabeth “Betsy” Pawlicki, Patricia “Pat” Beckman, and Angelo Collins.

The new team will be installed June 2016.

Sister Toni previously served as prioress of the congregation, 2000-2006, followed by nearly seven years with Dominican Sisters International as international promoter for justice and peace. Sister Pam, an attorney, is a councilor on the current leadership team who will finish their five-year term in June. Sister Colleen serves as vice president of mission at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute, Santa Monica, Calif. Sister Betsy is an attorney with the Illinois Education Association, an affiliate of the National Education Association. Recently retired from 45 years of ministry in Catholic education, Sister Pat has been taking classes and volunteering in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., at St. John Bosco Catholic School, where she was principal. Sister Angelo ministers as associate dean in the School of Education and Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University in California.

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