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posted on January 21, 2008

Dominicans in Kenya Report Continued Violence and Chaos

NAIROBI - January 21, 2008 Protests continue to bring death and injury to Kenyans in the wake of political struggles for power. Dominicans in Kenya send two reports, one the Novitiate in Exile is a first person account from Kevin Kraft, OP(St. Joseph) andin Why is Kenya Bleeding? Bert Ebbben, OP(St. Martin) offers insight into some of the underlying problems in Kenya. Other news sources are linked to these pages. READ MORE

Brazil Dominican Faces Death Threats

Henri Des RoziersSAO PAULO, BRAZIL (BBC News)-- The UK-based Catholic Agency for Overseas Development says Father Henri des Roziers, OP is under 24-hour police protection because of the threats. Fr. Henri has worked in Brazil for 30 years. READ MORE.
In related news, NCR reports that the verdict against a man convicted in the 2005 shooting death of Notre Dame Sister Dorothy Stang, was annulled and a new trial has been ordered.

Jailed Dominicans Visit United Nations To Advocate for Nuclear Disarmament

GR DominicansThe UN/NGO Community had the opportunity to share some time with Carol Gilbert, OP and Ardeth Platte, OP (Grand Rapids) when they were in the New York area this past week.  Our discussions focused on the disarmament agenda of the UN and the obstacles, which lie primarily with those countries who have nuclear weapons.  This is true especially of the United States that has consistently failed to comply with international treaties. READ MORE

800th Anniversary
Master of the Order Calls for Rededication to the Rosary

800 logoSANTA SABINA-- January 21, 2008--Carlos Azpiroz Costa, OP, Master of the Order, is inviting the Dominican Family to a rededication to the rosary as a way of continuing the celebration of a "jubilee of years" for the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Order. At the General Chapter in Bogotá, the capitulars requested that we use the time between these two jubilee years (2006 and 2016) as a time to enter into a serious renewal of our life and mission as preachers. Carlos' letter of invitation includes his own personal reflection on the rosary as part of that renewal. READ MORE

Collaborative Dominican Novitiate Marks 20th Anniversary

ST. LOUIS, MO, January 21, 2008-- The Collaborative Dominican Novitiate marks its 20th year of promoting Dominican Life and Mission in 2008. To celebrate this milestone, former novices and participants will offer occasional reflections on the experience and what being part of the CDN has meant to them. Over the years, 22 congregations have been members of the CDN. READ MORE

Barry University Bestows Yves Congar Award on Dr. Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth JohnsonMIAMI SPRINGS, FL - January 21, 2008--Barry University’s Theology and Philosophy Department, hosted a lecture by the 2008 recipient of the Yves Congar Award, Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ on Monday, January 14, on the main campus. Her main areas of research focus on the theology of God, Jesus Christ, Mary, the communion of saints, science, religion, the problem of suffering, ecological ethics, and issues related to justice for women. READ MORE

San Rafael Dominicans School to Go Solar

solar energySAN RAFAEL, CA -- January 21, 208-- One of the biggest banks of solar panels in Marin, CA, will soon be powering San Domenico School in Sleepy Hollow. The school is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael. Plans to install four sets of electricity-generating photovoltaic panels on two school buildings and on a hillside on the north side of the private school campus won the unanimous approval of the county Planning Commission on Monday. READ MORE

Parable invites Artists to Submit Work

pencilsFor its Spring 2008 publication, Parable Conference seeks cover art that addresses the theme of Dominican Spirituality and Justice.  Typically we also use a portion of the cover art as a motif throughout the publication.  If you would like to submit a design, please send a high-quality, black-and-white digital image of your original artwork to  The deadline is February 15, 2008. 

Faith and Film:
Sweeney Todd, Juno and Michael Clayton

Tom CondonFilm critic Tom Condon, OP (St. Martin) looks at several films, two of which have received Golden Globe awards. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a strange and bloody musical film based on the stage play with Johnny Depp singing! Juno, about a pregnant teenage is a quirky intelligent comedy that hasa pro-life message. Michael Clayton (reviewed earlier and posted now) features George Clooney as a litigator hoping to make things right. READ MORE

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