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posted on December 3, 2007

Master of the Order Calls for Prayers for People of Pakistan

SANTA SABINA, December 3, 2007--- Calling the emergency situation in Pakistan unacceptable, fr. Carlos Azpiroz Costa, in a joint letter with sr. Marie Fabiola Valesquez Maya OP, International Coordinator of DSI, called on Dominicans worldwide to prayer for peace and to advocate for a return to order. In a letter issued November 25th, the two world leaders asked Dominicans "to urge your governments to directly contact General Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, insisting on a return to constitutional democracy in Pakistan." READ the complete letter: Word Document or PDF.  

North American Justice Promoters Carry
Message to SOA March

Justice Promoters in North and South America Meet to Remember Victims of Genocide, Resist Violence

GUATEMALA, CA - December 3, 2007--- Justice Promoters from Latin America and North American met to commemorate the massacres in Bajo Vera Paz (Rabinal) between1981-1983 and to mark the anniversary of the assassination of Fr Carlos Morales O.P. in 1982. The North American promoters brought back with them a message to the 25,000 participants of the School of the Americas March.

Dominicans Add Their Voices in Call for Terrorism School Closure

SOA MarchFT BENNING, GA, December 3, 2007---Dominicans from around the United States, along with their friends and students from several Dominican schools, helped to swell the crowd of over 25,000 people marching against the School of the America. According to organizers, the 18th annual vigil, held November 16-18th, was one of the "largest and most vibrant yet." READ MORE

Cluster Congregations Receive Vatican Approval

DominicCOLUMBUS, OH-- December 3, 2007 --- The seven congregations of Dominican Sisters that comprised the Dominican Cluster announced last week that their petition to form a new congregation was approved by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL). The news release published by the Cluster said, "The prayerful support of our Dominican Family has helped sustain us throughout this journey.  We thank you and ask for your continued prayer as we move forward in forming a new congregation to advance the Dominican Mission." For a list of congregations who will become one, click here.

Great Bend Dominicans Elect New Prioress

Rene WeeksGREAT BEND, KS _December 3, 2007---The Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, Kansas announce the election of Sister Rene Weeks as Prioress during their Extraordinary Chapter of Election, November 23 - 24, 2007. Her term will extend until the formation of the new leadership team of the Union of the Cluster congregations. The election was held to fill the unexpected vacancy created by the untimely death of Lorena Bolte, OP who died in July in a car accident.

Dominican Sisters of Hope Adopt Resolution in Support of Human Rights, Advocate Against Trafficking

OSSINING, NY -- December 3, 2007 -- The Dominican Sisters of Hope have made a corporate stance to advocate against human trafficking and to support human rights. In a statement released last week, the community committed itself to collaboration with advocacy groups , support of recovery programs for victims of trafficking, and the use of their economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society that works against incentives for trafficking. MORE

Tom CondonFaith and Film
Into the Wild and Bella
Stories of personal decisions and their consequences suggests a theme for two films our critic Tom Condon offers this first week of Advent. One he would recommend-- the other? READ MORE

New Book on The Church

Light of the Nations
, a new book by Fr. Brian Mullady, OP has recently been published. Scott Hahn says, “Fr. Mullady offers a readable and rock-solidly reliable treatment of what is surely the most important – and debated – subject in contemporary Catholic theology. His approach to the doctrine of the Church (ecclesiology) demonstrates the profound consistency and coherence of the Magisterium’s teaching... READ MORE

Dominican Colleges Colloquium Announces Call for Papers

MADISON, WI -- Anticipating their annual conference in June, the Dominican Colleges Colloquium has issued a call for papers/presentations on the subject: Educating toward a JUST and COMPASSIONATE World. Papers that share your insights and experience in the Humanities, Fine Arts, Natural Science, Social Sciences, Professional Programs, Service Learning, Student Services, University/College Ministries, Athletics, Environmental Programs or other efforts on your campus are welcome. READ MORE


Looking for unique and very Dominican gifts for Christmas? Here are a few ideas for your community members, friars, friends or family members, co-workers... everyone! Help support the work of the Dominican Leadership Conference and surprize your friends with affordable and very Dominican gifts. READ MORE

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In Our Keeping-- a conference for Dominican historians, archivists and secretaries of congregations and provinces MORE

Choose Life: In All Seasons A Retreat for Women who have experienced or are experiencing cancer. MORE

Click here to use a prayer service on refugees for your use during Advent. .

All People Are Welcome in God’s House--Chuck Dahm has prepared some homilies and petitions on immi-gration for the readings in Advent.. Download a Word Document here.

The Center of Concern has developed Election 2008.  The materials on this webpage are meant to help you participate actively in the current political campaigns as an informed and faithful Christian. Their Education for Justice resource is excellent.

Faith and Hope in New Orleans

Two years after Hurricane Katrina, how are the Dominicans doing? READ MORE

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