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posted on June 18, 2007

Iraqi Cleric Reflects on His Call
Professor Shares E-Mails From Assassinated Priest

ROME, JUNE 13, 2007 ( ).- "The situation here is worse than hell," Father Ragheed Ganni wrote to a former professor the day before he and three deacons were shot after Sunday Mass in Mosul, Iraq. Father Robert Christian, a theology professor at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Angelicum, in Rome, spoke at the requiem Mass held in that school on Tuesday. There, Father Ganni had studied theology and ecumenism.

Dominican Testimony Before State Department Bureau Calls Attention To Iraqi Plight

RefugeesADRIAN, MI June 18, 2007-- Two Dominicans recently offered testimony in Washington urging the State Department to pay better attention to the devastating situation of refugees leaving Iraq. Maria Riley, OP and Dusty Farnan, OP spoke at different hearings to plead for basic services, increased funding, and increased medical and educational services to Iraqi refugees in their host countries. the situation of refugees continues to deteriorate. READ MORE

St. Albert Province Holds Election

Michael MascariCHICAGO, IL - June 18, 2007 - Fr. Michael A. Mascari, OP has been reelected and confirmed Prior Provincial of the Province of St. Albert the Great. Also elected (and who will become part of the Provincial Council) were: First Diffinitor: John H. Gerlach, OP, Second Diffinitor: David F. Wright, OP, Third Diffinitor: James V. Marchionda, OP, Fifth Diffinitor: James A. Spahn, OP Sixth Diffinitor: Andrew Carl Wisdom, OP.

Houston Dominicans Join Call for Disarmament

HOUSTON, TX June 18, 2007--- At their June 3rd Convocation, the Dominican Sisters of Houston, TX joined a growing call for the US goverment to rethink its nuclar program and to back away from the militarization of space. Ceil Rogers, OP justice promoter for the congregation has been working with the members to approve the corporate statement which echoes the work of the Dominican Sisters, USA (Federation). READ MORE

Dominican Archbishop Kelly Retires in Louisville

Archbishop KellyLOUISVILLE, KY June 18, 2007 -- He struggled with parish school closures, priest shortages and a massive priest sex-abuse scandal. He battled an addiction to alcohol and painkillers. And he withstood calls that he resign over his handling of the abuse crisis. Kelly resigned last year on his 75th birthday, as required by church law. READ MORE

Immigration Reform
Do You Know the Issues?

ImmigrationWASHINGTON, DC - Do you understand and know the issues that are holding comprehensive immigration reform in a balance? What are the US Bishops saying on the issue now? While Congress and President Bush wrangle over the details of the bill, Dominicans are urging a continuation of discussion and passage of a just and meaningful reform. READ MORE

Center for Dominican Studies
Students learn lessons of understanding at first-time conference

CDSMIAMI SHORES, FL - June 18, 2007-- They may have come from varied religious backgrounds, but over 30 local elementary school students learned common lessons of peace and understanding Tuesday, June 5 at the first-ever Interfaith Children’s Peace Conference. READ MORE

Dominican Life Begins New Annual Appeal
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June 8th issue of National Catholic Reporter coverage of Dominican Symposium brings dialogue to wider church. READ MORE

A new website has been launched on Catherine of Siena with plenty of resources: MORE

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Read Luminaria, the latest newsletter from the Lay Dominicans in the St. Martin Province.

Poetry Contest Deadline Extended

The deadline for the third annual poetry contest sponsored by the Lay Dominicans of Holy Name province has been extended to July 1. This year the theme is the beatitudes. Here is your opportunity to preach through poetry. Visit

Domlife FEATURE: Visit the Preaching Resource Pages for ideas and inspiration for your preaching mission.

Iraqi Refugees in Syria Face Disaster. You can help. READ MORE

UN Briefing:
June 18, 2007 READ MORE

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