Invitation to Assist Iraqi Dominican Sisters and Their People

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has received a number of inquiries about how people might support the Dominican Sisters serving their people in Iraq and offers two ways to help, one directly to the Sisters in Erbil via the Adrian, MI Dominicans and the other via Catholic Relief Services.  In 2008, Sr. Marie Lucey, now FAN Director of Advocacy and then staff for LCWR participated in a small delegation of Catholic Sisters to Lebanon and Syria, organized by CRS, for the purpose of witnessing the plight of Iraqi refugees and identifying ways to assist groups sheltering and assisting them. The delegation met with several Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine serving the needs of Iraqi refugees in Beirut and in Damascus. Now members of this community are assisting Iraqis in Iraq. Franciscans often refer to Dominicans as our “cousins.”Please consider offering assistance to a relative.

If there are questions about the ways offered below, please contact Sr. Marcelline Koch, OP, at smkoch@spdom.org. 

1) To transfer funds directly to the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine in Erbil, send a check made payable to “Adrian Dominican Sisters-Iraq” and send to Sr. Marcelline Koch, OP, 1237 W. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704, or donate online, clicking “Other” and designating “Iraq” on the Adrian Dominican website.

2) Donate online to Catholic Relief Services.

 You can also help by contacting elected leaders in Congress and urging them to assure that for every action taken by the US regarding Iraq, basic principles of human rights be considered:

  • Includes the protection of human rights and religious freedom in Iraq
  • Provides maximum humanitarian assistance to Christians, Muslims and other minorities displaced by the Islamic State and those displaced since the war
  • Rejects further US military intervention and convenes a conference to establish a comprehensive arms embargo to Iraq and the region
  • Brings the threat posed by the Islamic State to the UN Security Council and seeks a united global response
  • Considers actions that need to be taken to speed resettlement of Iraq’s persecuted minorities in the U.S. and provides funding to meet their needs on arrival

Thank you for your consideration.

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