Three lectures by Sister Ann Willits

Mount Saint Mary College’s Catholic and Dominican Institute will host a trio of talks to help the faithful get ready for the Lenten season.

“Preparing for a Good Lenten Season” will take place on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.; “Dominican Spirituality in the Lenten Season” will be explored on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.; and “This Lent, Are We Coming or Going?” will begin on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m.

All three talks, given by Sister Ann Willits, will be held on campus in the Dominican Center, room 218. They are free and open to the public.

Willits, a Dominican sister from Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, is a preacher, poet, writer and lecturer. She has headed parish missions, retreats and conferences throughout the world, including the United States, South America, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. She received her bachelor’s degree from Rosary College, her master’s degree from St. Thomas University and she completed postgraduate study at Marquette University.

Willits was also a high school English teacher and administrator, served for nine years on the general council of her congregation and was director of “Parable,” a national conference for Dominican life and mission, for more than 20 years.

The Mount’s Catholic and Dominican Institute, directed by assistant professor of philosophy Charles Zola, promotes the college’s heritage of St. Dominic, advances the Dominican charism of study and service, provides a forum for discussion of contemporary ethical issues and enhances Catholic and Jewish dialogue.

Mount Saint Mary College is at 330 Powell Ave. in Newburgh. For more information, call 845-569-3467, email [email protected] or visit

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