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Blog: Read the Compelling History of an Iraqi Community of Dominican Sisters

Nov 16, 2010 | By Stephanie Niedringhaus

Over the years, we have been privileged to have a close relationship with a remarkable—and courageous—congregation of Dominican Sisters in Iraq. Articles about their peace-building work have appeared regularly in the Connection, and we have worked together to present their views about peace in Iraq on Capitol Hill and to White House officials.

Their 133-year history is a compelling story, and we are pleased to recommend a just-completed book by Sister Marie Therese Hanna, OP, a former prioress of the congregation. She tells about their founding and how their work for peace continues today despite ongoing threats and the violence around them. The book, entitled Drawn by Love: A History of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, will come out in English and Arabic on December 3. Adrian Dominican Sisters Carol Coston (a NETWORK founder) and Elise Garcia helped with the book’s publication, and proceeds from the sale will help finance higher education for the Iraqi congregation’s young Sisters.

Click here for more information, and please consider ordering copies as Christmas gifts for others!