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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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Sr. Alison Munro Receives Papal Award!

Archbishop Steven Brislin, Archbishop of Cape Town and SACBC President, with Sr Alison

On August 5, 2017, Sr Alison Munro received the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award at the end of a celebration of the Eucharist during the plenary session of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) in recognition of her work in the AIDS Office of the SACBC.

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Oakfords Attend Los Angeles Religious Ed Congress

Sr. Gladys Echenique represented the Dominican Sisters of Oakford this year at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.  Sr. Gladys joined sisters from Mission San Jose and San Rafael to host a booth of Dominican Women Religious from the West Coast.  Sr. Gladys stated after the event, "It was a good experience to be able to be part of the body of Christ among fifty thousand people, especially at this hard time for our brothers and sisters who are refugees, immigrants, and the undocumented. All the liturgies were about these topics. The signs of our time!"