Since the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, were founded in Ann Arbor in 1997, the community of fresh-faced, enthusiastic young sisters have been one of the fastest-growing and vibrant religious communities in the United States.
With 155 religious women now in eight states, Washington, D.C., and Rome, the community’s Spirit-led growth has been hard not to notice.
Throughout their 24-year history, the Ann Arbor-based Dominicans have been led by Mother Mary Assumpta Long, OP, one of the congregation’s four foundresses and a driving force behind the community’s head-turning emergence.
On June 22, the Dominicans elected a new prioress general to build upon Mother Assumpta’s foundation and lead the community into the future. Mother Amata Veritas Ellenbecker, OP, began her duties immediately upon being selected during the community’s general chapter.
The sisters spent the day before the chapter in prayer and adoration, asking the Holy Spirit to guide the process. Lansing Bishop Earl Boyea offered a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit and witnessed the elections.
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