We Have Family in Iraq: The Timeline of a Relationship

This is a partial accounting. It will be updated as we gather and verify more of the historical record about the many efforts and events that have woven together the lives of US and Iraqi Dominicans.


  • UN Sanctions against Iraq imposed, four days after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait.

Other resources

Drawn by Love. A History of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Sienna, Mosul, Iraq. Marie Therese Hanna, OP, with Elise D. Garcia, OP; Nazik Khalid Matti, OP, eds., and Aman Miriam Mansoor, OP, translator. San Antonio, Texas: Sor Juana Press. 2010.

Silencing the Prophets: The Media’s Truth-Telling Failure Before the US Invasion of Iraq. Beth Murphy, OP (2004).

Iraq Christians Under Attack: Worldview interview with Rihab Mousa and Sister Beth Murphy, OP, August 8, 2014

Dominican nuns in Iraq. Worldview interview with Sister Marcelline Koch, January 29, 2015.

Reflective summary of events leading to the exodus from Nineveh Plain.

Search globalsistersreport.org (Iraqi Dominicans) for many reports from 2014 to the present.

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