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Posted on November 10, 2008

Readers Respond to Election of Barack Obama

Thank you for your swift responses to the election of Barack Obama to the US Presidency. There were about 85 replies all together, most of which were overwhelmingly positive and about ten expressed very heartfelt concern about the issue of abortion and pro-life policies. We received several from Dominicans around the world. READ A SAMPLING HERE

International Dominicans Visit USA

International VisitRIVER FOREST, IL --November 10, 2008 -- Two representatives of international Dominican organizations recently visited the United States, Maria Fabiola Veslasquez Maya, OP (Presentation) who is the International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International and Toni Harris, OP (Sinsinawa) International Co-Promoter of Justice and Peace. READ MORE

Switching Sisters: Living with Another Community

Switching SistersRACINE, WI - October 27, 2008 -- In an effort to learn more about one another’s community, three Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters recently spent a week at Siena Center, motherhouse of the Racine Dominicans, while three Racine Dominicans stayed at the Sinsinawa Mound for the week. READ MORE

Monument to Dominican Martyrs Dedicated

RosaryvillePONCHATOULA, LA --On Oct. 11, 2008 a monument to Dominican friars of the Spanish Holy Rosary Province who were martyred in 1936 during the Spanish Civil War was dedicated in the Dominican Cemetery at Rosaryville northwest of New Orleans in Louisiana. These six Dominicans had been beatified by Pope Benedict XVI on Oct. 28, 2007 at St Peter's Basilica in Rome. READ MORE

Providence College Professor Produces Films on Human Rights

Ken GumbertPROVIDENCE, RI - November 10, 2008 --Ken Gumbert, is an award winning film-maker and Associate Professor in the Theater, Dance and Drama Department at Providence College where he also runs the movie making program.  His films principally explore the lives and situations of people deprived of human, legal, and religious rights. “Red Terror on the Amber Coast” is his latest production. READ MORE

Dominican University: Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto
Contemplative Spot Offers Students a Quiet Place of Prayer

GrottoRIVER FOREST, IL October 27 2008 --Amidst Dominican University’s neo-Gothic academic buildings that teem with students and activities, the Shrine to Our Lady of Lourdes—more commonly known as the Grotto—has remained a quiet and contemplative area of campus for almost 80 years. READ MORE

SPECIAL REPORT: Synod of Bishops on the Bible

synod linkPope Closes Synod, Says Bible Is Put Into Practice Through Service
Pope Benedict XVI closed the Synod of Bishops on the Bible by preaching a lesson on love of God and neighbor, saying the word of God must be put into practice through service to others. READ MORE

Unclear if pope will support women officially in lector ministry
Probably the most newsy -- and somewhat unexpected -- item in the final propositions of the Synod of Bishops on the Bible was a proposal to allow women to be installed officially in the ministry of lector. READ MORE

Intervention of fr. Carlos Aspiroz Costa: The “primacy” of the Holy Scripture has its basis precisely in Trinitarian life. (PDF)

Interview with Sr. Viviana Ballarin, OP who participated at the XII Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. READ MORE

Recent Dominican Books
In Catholic Spirituality and Prayer in the Secular City, author Robert A. Burns, OP, explores ways Catholics have been called upon to develop their spiritual lives in the most religious pluralistic society that has ever existed. READ MORE

The Spanish translation of Barbara Reid's book, Parables for Preachers, Year B has just appeared: Las Parabolas: Predicandolas Y Viviendolas (Liturgical Press, 2008). READ MORE

Women Preaching Justice has been proposed as a follow-up to the very successful and widely sought after: Preaching Justice: Dominican Contributions to Social Ethics in the Twentieth Century. Read a review and proposal from Ruth Casper, OP READ MORE

The Beautiful Circle of Friends, by Paschala Noonan, OP is a new pictorial history of the Dominican sisters of St. Catharine, KY, a companion to a previous book: Signadou published in 1997, READ MORE

Secret Life of BeesFaith and Film
The Secret Life of Bees

Tom Condon checks in with the Sue Monk Kidd book brought to the big screen:

The Secret Life of Bees.
Queen Latifah and Dakota Fanning lead an excellent cast in a story about race and relationships in the Deep South. READ MORE

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Pope Urges Obama to Build Just World
Promises Prayers for New US President

Lay Dominican Newsletters recently updated on DomLife

S.H.O.P. newsletter now available. CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the latest news of the Fanjeaux History Project.

New Retreats Being Offered by Sinsinawa Preachers
A new Contemplative retreat experience is being offers by the Community of Preachers. download a PDF for more information

More practical ideas for our planet from the Dominican Alliance MORE

At Home in Wisdom'e Tent
The collected papers from the 2007 Dominican Symposium in Adrian are now available.
$10.95 plus s/h. 517-266-4000 or contact the Weber Shop.

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