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June 16, 2010

Nuns Build 2010
Dominican sisters help rebuild in New Orleans

Dominican sisters from Springfield, Adrian, Amityville, Peace and Cabra gathered in New Orleans May 31–June 5 to participate in the second annual St. Bernard Project of New Orleans. Several dozen Catholic sisters and other volunteers helped rebuild houses in the devastated St. Bernard civil parish. READ MORE

Jubilees in June
Sisters celebrate anniversaries of religious life

Dominican sisters across the United States are celebrating anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious this month. Many of the congregations feature stories and photos about their Jubilarians online. We’ve compiled a list of congregations celebrating Jubilees, and links to more information. READ MORE

Dominican Sisters International
Sr. Rose Marie is new coordinator for North America

Rose Marie Riley, OP, a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois, is the newest elected member of the DSI Coordinating Council. Sister Rose is in her second term as prioress of the Springfield Dominicans. In an interview with DSI, she says she is “overjoyed at this opportunity to serve the global Dominican community.” READ MORE

Houston Dominicans
Transfer of leadership celebrated June 6

On Sunday, June 6, 2010, the Dominican Sisters of Houston celebrated the transfer of leadership for their congregation. Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza presided at the Mass. The celebration was continued with a reception at the sisters’ Villa. Approximately 300 guests attended. READ MORE

Dominicans and the Church
Fr. Richard Schenk reflects on Year of the Priest

To understand the place of the ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Church requires an understanding of the greater whole of which this priesthood is a part. The Year for Priests has provided us a time to reflect anew upon who and what all the faithful are as Church in our own day and situation, and within this context to consider particularly what the ordained priesthood can mean for the Church at this juncture, shortly before the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. READ MORE

National College Preaching Conference
30 students participate in eighth annual conference

In May, 30 students from Dominican Universities/Colleges or colleges with a Dominican presence gathered at Dominican College in Blauvelt, New York, for the Eighth National “Preaching in Action” Conference. These young people came together to learn about the Dominican charism of preaching and how that charism can be incorporated into their own lives. READ MORE

Sister Ann Perpetua
Cooking from scratch for 100 years

I first see Sister Ann Perpetua sitting quietly on the couch, two books of prayer cradled in her lap, a few rays of sun dancing on the rosary that is wrapped around her fingers. She is dressed in a light gray and dusty blue plaid skirt, a deep blue sweater and a gray blazer, her salt-and-pepper hair peaks out from around the edges of her veil. She wears a modified version of the Dominican head gear that was part of the standard habit worn when she first arrived at Marywood in 1927. READ MORE

Dominican Institute for the Arts
Retreat for artists, evening fundraiser set for July

The Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) is sponsoring two inspiring and life-changing events that are part of the DIA’s 14th Annual Gathering of Dominican Artists: a retreat for artists and those who appreciate art, and the DIA Art Gala Evening Fundraiser. Both events are co-hosted by Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids and Dominican Center at Marywood. READ MORE

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, June 30. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, June 25.

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In Our Keeping:
Dominican Archivists and Historians Conference
at McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University
July 8-11, 2010

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Understanding Islam in America
Weber Retreat and Conference Center, Adrian, Michigan
July 14–16, 2010

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Lands of Dominic Armchair Pilgrimage
Weber Retreat and Conference Center, Adrian, Michigan
July 19-24, 2010

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