Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Thank You For Your Gift

This is it! 

The last blog of the CDN Class of 2016-2017. As we reflect on the challenges, joys, blessings and many life changing experiences, we are reminded that above all these past 10 months were a HUGE gift. We were granted the gift of encounter, meeting friendships that will last a life time, mentors that provided revolutionary insight and so much more! 

Our CDN year was a giant gift. "Thank You For Your Gift."

We take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your prayers, support and for the amazing role you, our dear readers and friends, have played in our Novitiate Adventure. 

 As I come to the end of my time at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate, I am aware to the many people who have made this year grace-filled for me. I have so much to be grateful for! I am grateful for the gift of the CDN community, with whom I have shared many deep conversations and many laughs. I am grateful for the Inter Community Novitiate, who has given me so much hope for religious life as we move forward. I am grateful for the many sisters and friends back in Adrian who have sent me so many prayers and much love throughout the year. I am grateful for my parents, sister and brother-in-law who have been unfailing supports for me. I am grateful for the residents of Mary Ryder Home, where I had my ministry this year, for their hospitality and all they have taught me. I am grateful for the faculty and staff at Aquinas Institute, especially Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC and Ann Garrido for teaching me so much this year, and for my fellow students who accompanied and taught me in the classroom and out of it. I am grateful for the many members of the Dominican family I have encountered this year, whether sisters, friars, nuns, laity and associates. I am grateful for the two fearless leaders of the CDN- Sr. Joye Gros, OP and Sr. Megan McElroy, OP. Finally, but not least, I am grateful for everyone who has read this blog throughout this year. I am infinitely grateful for your prayers and support.

- Sr. Katherine Frazier, Adrian Dominican Sisters

As this canonical novitiate year concludes, I would like to thank all of the Sisters and Associates who have sent me well wishes, cards and for your prayers. Your thoughtfulness and support means a lot to me. I look forward for the next step of my journey into Dominican life with all of you. Please continue to keep me in your prayers and I will keep you in mine.

- Sr. Margaret Uche, Dominican Sisters of Peace

It is hard to believe that our time in St. Louis and at the Collaborate Dominican Novitiate is coming to an end. At our last prayer together, we were asked to share our biggest treasure attained during the year, and as I began to think I could not narrow it down to one. There are many people from our Dominican Family, ministry, ICN, The Aquinas Institute of Theology and the St. Louis Community that will always be treasured in my heart. These individuals embodied and demonstrated God's abundant love, challenged me to grow and empowered the continuation of my discernment to religious life. I must also give a shout out to our Novice Directors, Sr. Joye Gros, O.P. and Sr. Megan McElroy, O.P. for their companionship and powerful mentoring during my life changing year. Looking back to August of 2016, I find it hard to believe the radical changes that I experienced during my time at the CDN. I walk away a different person, with gained insight and continuing my desire to keep growing in God. I conclude by also thanking you, our readers, family, friends and prayer companions for your support. Receive my sincerest gratitude.

-Sr. Ana González, Dominican Sisters of Peace

A delightful tradition of the CDN is to welcome for an orientation the future novices. In the tradition of our predecessors, we had the honor to extend a sisterly welcome to Gina Scaringella (Caldwell Dominican Sisters) and Rhonda Miska (Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa). We enjoyed our time together and will keep Gina and Rhonda in our prayers as they enter the journey of the Canonical Novitiate Year, the CDN experience and the many adventures to come!

In Conclusion....

We leave the CDN and this blog with hearts glowing and our beings eternally grateful.

Thank You and God Bless!


  1. Dear Ana, Margaret and Katherine,

    Thank you for keeping us in the loop about your year at the CDN and for sharing your experiences. Whatever you mentioned as a treasure, may it be a source of energy to you as you continue your journey in your congregation. May God continue to bless you and am so happy for you!

    Megan and Joy,
    Thank you for your witness of faith
    and for your service to the greater Dominican family. Sounds like it was another meaningful and great year.

    Gina and Rhonda,
    welcome to the CDN experience!


  2. We wish you continued peace, joy and God's blessings as you continue your faith journey in the Dominican Family. Happy Summer Days filled with happiness and lots of fun! Know you will continue to be in our hearts and prayers.
    Michelle and Chris

  3. Dear Katherine, Ana and Margaret ... you all will be in my thoughts and prayers as you continue on ... thank you for sharing your journey through this blog and just being who YOU are!! Peace+love to you all ... have fun this summer!!!