Dominican Symposium Draws 500 Participants
MI – May 21, 2007-- The commitment of Dominicans
to vigorous study and contemplation was evident as about 500 Dominican
men and women from around the US and other countries converged
on the campus of Siena Heights University at the invitation of
the Dominican Sisters of Adrian to celebrate the 800th anniversary
of the foundation of the Order.
From May 13 to 16, the group heard thoughtful, scholarly presentations
and responders and enjoyed open discussions, prayer, reflection
and celebration. The 800th anniversary event was most likely the
largest of its kind in the US to date.
University President Peg Albert, OP, and Prioress Donna Markham,
OP, welcomed attendees during the opening Eucharist which took
place in Lumen Ecclesiae Chapel. An appreciative audience witnessed
the ceremony in which an honorary doctoral degree was conferred
upon fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former master of the Dominican
Order, by Siena Heights University.
Immediately after his presentation, Timothy left the assembly to
return to London where he recieved the Michael Ramsey Prize for
Theological Writing for his book: What
is the Point of Being a Christian? published by Continuum.
(more on this story here)
Radcliffe was one of
four major speakers of the symposium. His talk: Blessed are
the Cheese Makers, continued
the conversation he has been promoting that explores ways in which Dominicans
help build resolution in the midst of the many areas of conflict
in the Church and the world. Cheese Makers refers to the
Monty Python film Life of Brian in which actors misunderstood
the beatitude, blessed are the peace makers. Response
and dialogue were offered by Donna Markham, OP, and fr. Michelle
"Timothy said that one of his duties as Master of the Order was
to protect and promote the unity of the Order", said Frances Wetzel,
OP (Adrian). "For me, long after the words of the Symposium
have faded, the joy of being together and the sense of unity among
all of us will remain in my memory.
|Liam Walsh, OP
|Ann Willits, OP
|Pat Walters, OP
Fr. Liam Walsh, OP, (Ireland) presented The World, The Preaching
and The Preachers, which offered an extensive examination
of an historical understanding of the Dominican preaching charism
and its importance in the world and within the Church. Response
and dialogue was offered by Janet Welsh, OP (Sinsinawa), and David
Caron, OP (St. Martin).
"Prayer, study, common
life and mission – in
theory and in practice, with a healthy dose of challenge, humor,
Dominican hospitality – all these made the days in Adrian
refreshing, energizing and stretching," said Honora Werner, OP
sisters and brothers, I felt a freedom and spirit that strengthened
me and dared me to ever more authentic," she added.
OP, (Sinsinawa) asked the question: Are
We Coming or Going? The Relationship of Mission and
Mysticism within the Dominican Charism. Her paper offered
a new way of looking at action and contemplation by thinking
in terms of the Dominican call to be missionary and at the same
time, mystical. Response and dialogue were offered by Jamie T.
Phelps, OP (Adrian) and Don Goergen, OP (St. Albert).
Patricia Walter, OP (Adrian) presenting At Home in Wisdom's
Tent: Contemplation and the Pursuit of Truth. Her
paper examined prayer and study – two of the most important
tenants of Dominican life. Response and dialogue was offered
by Barbara E. Reid, OP (Grand Rapids) and Jorge Presmanes, OP
The final day of the Symposium concluded with breakout sessions
that covered a variety of important topics dealing with world,
Church, theological, and social issues.
Artwork from various Dominican artists was on display in the Klemm
Gallery. Attendees also enjoyed a piano concert given by Magdalena
Ezoe, OP (Adrian) and Nancy Murray, OP (Adrian) performed as St.
Catherine of Siena.
Here to view a symposium photo
album with photos
by Ray Casey and Doug Goodnough
Here to view a personal symposium
photo album by Deb Carter
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Justice for Women in Church and Ministry
Catholic/Dominican Identity of Sponsored
Migration of Peoples
Dominican Connections: Passing the Torch
to Future Generations
Thinking as Part of the Global Community
Preaching with Ecological Awareness
Portals to Peace
Christian and Muslim Relations
Dominic Preaching On the Web
Spirituality and Peacemaking
Economic Justice, Minimum Wage
Continuing the Dialogue: Issues Raised
During the Symposium
Being Dominican in an Ecumenical
Ecologica lIssues and Spirituality
Issues in Higher Education