Dominican Symposium Marks 800th Anniversary

Event Scheduled for May 13-16 Will Be Co-Hosted by Siena Heights University and the Adrian Dominican Sisters


ADRIAN, Mich. – Marking the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Order of Preachers by St. Dominic Guzman, Siena Heights University and the Adrian Dominican Sisters are co-hosting a Dominican Symposium from May 13-16, 2007.

Prominent Dominican theologians Timothy Radcliffe, OP, Liam Walsh, OP, Patricia Walter, OP, and Ann Willits, OP, are scheduled to participate in the event.

  • Radcliffe is a member of the community at Blackfriars, Oxford, and was Master of thetimothyradcliffe2.jpg Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. Before Radcliffe became Master of the Dominican Order, he had been the Prior Provincial of the Dominicans in England. He is a noted author, including such works as “I Call You Friends,” “Sing a New Song: The Christian Vocation,” “Seven Last Words” and “What Is the Point of Being A Christian?” He has been called a “rising star” in the Catholic Church.
  • Walsh was born in New York and grew up in Cork in Ireland. He joined the Dominican Province of Ireland in 1950. He studied in Ireland (Tallaght), France (Le Saulchoir) and Rome. He has spent his lifeliamwalsh2.jpg teaching theology (systematic) in Tallaght, Rome (Angelicum) and Fribourg (Switzerland). He took time out to serve as Assistant for Studies to the Master of the Order, Vincent de Couesnongle. He has preached and lectured in the USA, including work with Parable. He is active in ecumenical affairs, and has been a member of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) for 15 years. He has written on theological subjects, ecumenism and religious and Dominican life.
  • Walter, an Adrian Dominican Sister, teaches systematic theology at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. Among the courses she offers are Eco-theologypatwalter2.jpg and Spirituality, Christology and Theological Anthropology. She has a longstanding interest in cosmology, metaphysics and theology. During the past 10 or more years she has written and given presentations on the theology of religious life and on Dominican life and charism.
  • Willits, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, began her teaching ministry as a high school English teacher. Following her years as a secondary school administrator, she served on the General Council of her Congregation for nine years. As co-director of the Parable Conference for Dominican Life for 21 years, she had the opportunity to work with all of the branches of the Dominican Family around the world. She is presently aannwillits2.jpg full-time itinerant preacher, continuing to give witness to the value of collaborative preaching and teaching. 

The symposium will explore:

  • How the Dominican charism calls people to be involved in today’s society and its issues;
  • Where and how Dominicans preach in the midst of contradictions; 
  • What contemplating and sharing the fruits of contemplation means in a world fraught with controversies.

Some of the topics to be presented and discussed will include:

  • Relationship between Mission and Mysticism – what we have learned by heart as we live out the charism entrusted to us
  • Relationship of Study, Contemplation and Truth in the Dominican Tradition
  • Addressing Conflict and Contradiction and Building Resolution
  • Preaching and the Preachers – an inclusive understanding of the charism and the church

The Adrian Dominican Sisters, who came to Adrian in 1879, belong to the Order of Preachers, whose members include brothers, contemplative nuns, apostolic sisters and lay persons.

The cost is $230 per person. The fee includes registration and food, however, transportation and lodging are separate. For more information on the symposium, call 1-800-979-0731 or 517-263-0731 or visit the web site at


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