We recently went on a pilgrimage to the lands of our founder . The best part of the trip was that we didn’t have to leave the monastery to do so! It was totally a virtual and spiritual journey with one of our most charismatic and warm-hearted Dominican Sisters, Sister Ann Willits, O.P.
Sister Ann is an active member of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of the Most in Wisconsin. She has served as a General Council and Vicaress General for her congregation, and as a high school principal and teacher for many years. Sister has gone many times to St. Dominic's birthplace, Caleruega, Spain. She traveled to Palencia where he studied, and to the lands where he travelled and preached. She also went to the spot where he had the vision of the "signadou" or the sign of God indicating where he should establish the first monastery for the nuns of the Order.
Even though we know well the history of our Order, Sr. Ann made the history alive through her storytelling, accompanied by a slide show. After four days of listening to Sister Ann and engaging in discussions and conversations, our hearts were once again enkindled with the love for truth and the missionary zeal of our . Sister challenged us to think about the apostolicity of our lives as enclosed nuns and ways in which we could strengthen the family bonds with all the members of our Dominican family, the active Sisters, the Dominican Laity and the Dominican volunteers.
We all look forward to our next encounter with Sister Ann, who is truly an enlightened and joyful Dominican after the heart of our holy father Dominic. We wish Sister Ann abundant blessings on her many journeys as an itinerant preacher.