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Sr. Gladys Expands Hispanic Leadership Formation in Tucson

When the 80-member delegation heads to Phoenix Feb. 23-25 for the regional V Encuentro, they may be the least known trailblazers ever to emerge from the Diocese of Tucson. Dominican Sister Gladys Echenique said Jan. 9 that she sees the upcoming meeting as the fruit of many of the Diocese’s Hispanic Ministry efforts.

Hired in 2012, Sister Gladys proposed and wrote a pastoral plan for Hispanic Ministry, which led to an expansion of faith formation among Hispanic leaders. Prior to 2015, when the plan was implemented, there were 178 Hispanic leaders at Level I certification – a catechist level – and none at Level II. Since then, the number of ministers certified at Level I has swelled to nearly 400, with another 110 now at Level II.

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Oakfords Mourn the Tragic Loss of Sr. Astrid Puke

On December 30, 2017, we received the tragic news that Sr. Astrid Puke, Prioress of our community at Neustadt am Main, Germany, was killed in a tragic car accident.  The shock of Sr. Astrid's sudden death will live with us for some time.

She was born on 04th of August 1940 in Glandorf/Lower Saxony as the ninth child in a family of eleven children. Her parents were August and Theresia Puke-Riesenbeck. In this big family, Sr Astrid received the basics of her faith, her humour, her serenity, her generosity and everything that belongs to a fulfilled life.  She passed these gifts on generously throughout her life.  Despite the war, she had a happy childhood.  Every now and then, she would tell us anecdotes from her childhood, especially those about winter and the escapades on the horse-drawn sleigh, to cheer us up or to encourage us.  The generosity of her parents, who took many displaced persons into their home after the war, probably shaped her for her entire later life.

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Sr. Jodi and San Miguel High on Tucson News Now

San Miguel High School students take action as DACA deadline looms

Friday, January 12th 2018, 6:53 am MSTFriday, January 12th 2018, 8:17 am MST
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

As the DACA discussion brews, students at San Miguel High School want state leaders to hear what they have to say about the issue.

Students sent post cards to Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake urging them to push for legislation that protects so-called dreamers as the DACA deadline looms.

“Since DACA has ended, the postcards are requesting that senators work toward legislation that replaces those rights for Dreamers,” said Sister Jodi Min, O.P., who organized the activities.

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Oakfords Celebrated by "Friends of the Sisters"

In 2015 – the year the Pope declared as being dedicated to Consecrated Life – a group of 10 women in Bloemfontein, South Africa, were inspired to celebrate and commemorate Religious Life in a very special way.  They had either been taught by Religious women or recognised and appreciated the role that Religious Sisters have played in the Church and in the world. They themselves are teachers, nurses and professionals in various spheres of life. They are wives and mothers and they gathered together and called themselves ‘The Friends of the Sisters’. They recognised that priests are cared for by the Bishop in each Diocese but that women Religious are on their own and must find ways to support themselves.  Read about how they have recognized and given thanks to Religious Sisters since 2015 in the following article:

Oakfords Celebrated by "Friends of the Sisters"


Villa Maria Comes to a Close

Villa Maria, a loved and treasured house, and home to many Sisters for forty years, has been sold and will be occupied by new owners from the beginning of November 2017.  Twelve Sisters, representing the Congregational Leadership and the Gauteng/Bloemfontein local community gathered at Villa Maria on 27 October 2017 for the final celebration of the Eucharist.

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