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February 6, 2009

Vatican Initiates Study of US Catholic Sisters’ Institutes

Cardinal Rode
Cardinal Rodé, CM

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life recently announced an Apostolic Visitation or comprehensive study of institutes of women religious in the United States.Very little is known about the study at the present time, but it will be under the direction of Mother Mary Clare Millea, ASCJ, superior general of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, an international religious institute headquartered in Rome. READ MORE

Abraham Lincoln and the Dominican Sisters of Springfield

LincolnSpringfield, IL February 6, 2009 -- This month, the state of Illinois, and the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, will celebrate the 200th birthday of President Abraham Lincoln.

Abraham Lincoln was born in Kentucky and made Illinois his home, a history that the Springfield Dominicans share since their Sister pioneers came to Illinois from Kentucky as did Lincoln. So they feel a personal claim to him.  READ MORE

Lay Dominicans Profess Vows

professionST. LOUIS, MO February 6, 2009 -- Queen of the Holy Rosary Chapter of Lay Dominicans in Saint Louis in the presence of the Dominican friars of St. Dominican Priory and guests witnessed the final promises of three of its members on Sunday, February first. READ MORE

UN BRIEFING: ...It is important for us here in the US to be attentive to what our new administration will do to achieve a more inclusive society by reaching out to the most marginalized among us. This is the way we participate in the work of the United Nations. READ MORE

Radcliffe bookNew Book for Lent: Why Go to Church? The drama of the Eucharist

A new book has just been published in time for Lent. Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, invited Timothy Radcliffe to write this year's book for devotional reading and parish study groups. Nevertheless, this is unmistakably both a Catholic and a Dominican book. Read a REVIEW HERE


Former St. Mary's Dominican High School Graduate Named to Obama Administration

NEW ORLEANS, LA - St. Mary Dominican High School has a connection to the administration of President Barack Obama. Lisa Perez Jackson, class of 1979, was named by President Barack Obama to head the Environmental Protection Agency. Her appointment was confirmed January 22, 2009.

Faith and FilmThe Reader

Film critic, Tom Condon, checks in with a new and thought provoking film: The Reader about a chance encounter that leads to a complicated love affair between a German teen and a mysterious woman twice his age. READ MORE

New DomLife Section to Promote Dominican Vocation

VocationFOREST PARK, IL -- January 23, 2009-- In a collaborative pilot program with the Dominican Alliance Vocation Directors, Dominican Life | USA is launching a new section called: Becoming Dominican. Vocation directors will regularly update this material using ColdFusion technology. We intend that this project will expand to include all vocation directors across the US. We hope you enjoy the new pages. READ MORE

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The Practical Planet: Don't dump those pills! Ideas for repairing our planet from the Dominican Alliance MORE

Recent Films, reviewed by Tom Condon now have study guides available:
Slumdog Millionaire and The Visitor