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Friends of the Sisters: What One Woman Can Do

A Morning of Prayer & Reflection with the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael



Eleanor Roosevelt was one of the most important women of the twentieth century. She advocated for social justice and was a “friend of the underdog.” For her, civil liberties and civil rights were the cornerstones of American democracy; among her causes were women, Blacks, youth, the poor, and the unemployed. Her life and activity were based on two Biblical quotes: one from the prophet Micah: “What does the Lord require of you?…To love justice, to act mercifully, and to walk humbly with your God” and the other from Matthew quoting Jesus: “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do to me.” This morning session we will delve into what and how Eleanor Roosevelt transformed traditional roles and took on political and reform work. She was the niece of one President Roosevelt and the wife of another. She was also a writer, columnist, and public speaker. As a U.S. delegate to the U.N., she was responsible for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).

About the Presenter:

Sr. M. Patricia Dougherty, OP is a Dominican Sister of San Rafael and Professor Emerita of History at the Dominican University of California where she received her BA in 1967. She taught elementary school for ten years before earning her MA and Ph.D. in Modern European History at Georgetown University. She began college teaching in 1984 and retired in 1916. She taught a variety of courses on Europe (medieval to present) and women in the U.S. and Europe; she occasionally teaches an OLLI or college class. She has led short travel abroad study trips. Since 1996, she has co-led a study abroad trip to France for faculty, staff, and students from Dominican institutions of higher education. She likes to walk, practice yoga, garden, solve puzzles, and read.


Schedule of the Day

9:30 am Welcome

12:30 pm Closing

Bring your own water bottle. Snacks will be provided. No lunch.


No charge; donations are welcome. www.sanrafaelop.org/get-involved/ways-to-give/ Questions? 415.453.8303 or communityrelations@sanrafaelop.org

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September 30, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm

1520 Grand Avenue
San Rafael, California 94901