My name is Sr. Senaida Rivera from Tacoma, Washington, USA. Currently, I am in my third year of Formation as a Temporary Professed sister, with the Tacoma Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic, Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas. This correspondence is in response to your question of whether or not to continue with the DSI Newsletter. Reading your newsletter gives me a world-view of Dominican life, and serves as support to me in my life as a Dominican.
When your newsletter made its debut, I saw it as a unification of Dominican women religious worldwide and found it to be an exciting move forward.The articles are full of witness and hope, and provide, as you state in your goals, "...support [for] one another in living out the Dominican Charism..." Times are economically difficult worldwide and it is not an easy task deciding where to make cuts, but I am praying this is not one of them. It is a wonderful way to stay connected.
Technology has advanced and continues to do so at an alarmingly fast pace. With no chance of going back, we can only assume that even our postal systems will someday be a thing of the past. You are meeting very real needs in the Dominican Family. At the risk of being redundant, your goals to, "...facilitate communication and networking...explore and foster collaborative initiatives..." are all being met.
Personally, I wear a smile on my face when I read of the wonderful works of Dominican women throughout the world. It gives me hope for our future, an awareness that we are all linked in our Gospel mission, and the knowledge that no matter where I go, I will find my Dominican Family.
God bless you for your hard work and the service you provide.
Your sister in Christ, Sr. Senaida Rivera, OP