Dakota Access Pipeline

On September 20, the Dominican Sisters Conference issued a public statement on opposing the Dakota Access Pipeline, calling into question “the assertion that fracking is a safe means of extracting and transporting fossil fuelsracist systems that wound our nation.” Here is the text. Also, below there is a prayer for Standing Rock and reflections by the sisters who had gone to North Dakota from November 11-12, 2016, to stand with those protesting the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Standing Rock Prayer

Las Casas in Solidarity at Standing Rock

Dominican Women walked, stood, and prayed at the encampment next to the Cannonball River on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota on Friday and Saturday (November 11-12). In support of our planet, especially our gift of water, they answered a call of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to be in solidarity with all peoples […] Read more

Dominican Sisters Travel to Standing Rock

Submitted by Sister Julie Schwab, O.P.  I find it difficult to put our experience at Standing Rock into words. However, I will begin here and my traveling companions can add their reflections. I cannot begin to describe the sickening feeling that passed through me when we stood on the road and witnessed massive machines gouging into Earth’s […] Read more

Dominican Sister’s North Dakota Journey to Standing Rock

Submitted by Sister Kathy Long, O.P. Going to North Dakota was a 15 hour journey by car from Waukegan. Peggy Ryan and I drove to Madison where we met Julie Schwab and three Dominicans from Adrian, Kathy Nolan, Marilyn Winter and Maureen Barzantni. Later in Bismarck we met with Evie Storto and Ceil Lavan, Dominican […] Read more

Standing Rock—The Oneness We Seek

Submitted by Sister Peggy Ryan, O.P. (Sinsinawa) This week, upon returning to my ministry at the Food Pantry, the dedicated volunteers with whom I work, were what one might call skeptical of our journey to Standing Rock to accompany the native people in their search for justice. “Why did you go?” they wanted to know. […] Read more

Dominican Sister of Blauvelt Travels to Standing Rock

Submitted by Sister Ceil Lavan, O.P. (Blauvelt) “The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, NY are committed to working against the dangers of Global Climate Change by working for systemic change and legislation that will protect the environment and all life on Planet Earth. We have publicly made this commitment in collaboration with the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Caldwell, […] Read more

Dominican Sisters at Standing Rock

Submitted by Sister Evie Storto, O.P. (Sinsinawa) What a privilege it was to go to Standing Rock and witness first hand the courage, commitment, faith and community of conviction that has formed there. One experience I continue to carry and reflect upon was our participation in a meeting to prepare those considering participation in last […] Read more