Mother Dawn Marie, the former mother superior of the Guam Carmelites, was named the Prioress of the Danvers Carmel Monastery in Boston, Massachusetts by Bishop Mark O’ Connell on July 16.
The promotion occurred on the Feast Day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the patroness of the Carmelite order.
It was Mother Dawn, who blew the whistle in 2016 on a toxic environment ex-archbishop Anthony Apuron allegedly created for the peaceful and cloistered nuns. In a November 2016 interview, the mother superior broke her silence about a documented attempt by Apuron to pressure the Carmelites to lie that the intended use of the former Redemptoris Mater seminary in Yona was for the formation of Neocatechumenal Way priests. In the news conference, Mother Dawn said she reported the matter to the Vatican. Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-fai, then-archbishop of Agana, confirmed the report to media in a statement.
Mother Dawn reportedly was one of the few among the religious orders who confronted Apuron about his administration of the Archdiocese of Agana and reports of sexual abuse. The tensions caused the Guam Carmel Monastery to shut down, with the Carmelites moving to California for their protection after 50 years of peaceful service to the people of Guam.
Below you’ll find the November 2016 story by Sabrina Salas Matanane, who at the time was the news director for KUAM.