Humanitarian Award

The Franciscan Foundation presented the 2016 St. Francis Humanitarian of the Year Award to the Sisters of St. Francis and the Tacoma Dominican Sisters for their work against human trafficking.

The Franciscan Sisters and Companions and the Tacoma Dominican Sisters and Associates draw their inspiration for working against human trafficking from many sources: the sacred scriptures, the U.S. 1865 proclamation against slavery, WA State efforts against trafficking; the teaching of church leaders and most especially from our own Franciscan and Dominican religious communities. Much raising awareness about the scope and extent of the scourge of organized human trafficking has been done through the intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle which is a collaborative work sponsored by seventeen religious communities including the Franciscan and the Tacoma Dominican Sisters acting for peace and justice in the church around the world.

At noon, on the third Friday of the month the Dominicans, Franciscans and others gather for a silent vigil against human trafficking at 6th and N State St in Tacoma.

Sr. Kathleen Reilly accepts the award from Diane Kielian.

Sr. Anne McNamara, OSF offers the closing prayer.

Twelve Tacoma Dominican Sisters and Associates attended the presentation and luncheon.








Our 2016 Humanitarian Award.

Blessing in the Chapel.

Sr. Kathleen Reilly speaks on behalf of the Dominican community.   










Left: Sisters Ramundine and Amanda Noonan, the twins at Marymount. Right: Chinese New Year celebration at SJR with Sr. Eileen Walsh, OP and Sr. Maria Goretti, DM.




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Prayers of Eternal Life – Sister Margaret (“Meg”) O’Farrell

Sister Margaret (“Meg”) O’Farrell, OP (Mary Bernard), 91, died peacefully January 18, at St. Joseph Residence, Seattle. She entered the Tacoma Dominican Sisters in 1948 and taught for more than 25 years in the Archdiocese of Seattle, as well as ministering in religious education and parish service. Full memorial will be published in the Spring Issue Seekers of Truth