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September 1, 2010

International Day of Peace
Dominican Sisters of Peace share prayer service

In 2002, the United Nations General Assembly established Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace. During that same year, the Dominican Leadership Conference (DLC) promoted this most important day to give special recognition of the need for peace in our world and hearts. The Dominican Sisters of Peace are offering a prayer service for all to use. READ MORE

Prayers, support needed for flood victims

On Aug. 19, the UN General Assembly met in special session in New York, to call for global solidarity in the wake of Pakistan's worst disaster in living memory. Fr. James Channan, OP, Prior of the Dominican Friars in Pakistan, wrote a moving account of the plight of the Pakistani people, including members of our Dominican family, in the midst of the catastrophic flooding enveloping the country. READ MORE

Dominican Volunteers USA
Organization celebrates 10 years Sept. 25

Dominican Volunteers USA is celebrating 10 years as a collaborative adventure of the U.S. Dominican family. All are invited to join the celebration, which will take place Saturday, Sept. 25 from 5 to 9 p.m. in the Shaffer Silveri Atrium at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois. READ MORE

Retreat builds community among younger religious

In July, 19 sisters from eight different congregations and one friar from the Central Province came together for a Kaleidoscope retreat entitled “Dominican Life Remembered and Renewed: A Reflection on the Four Pillars.” The purpose of the Kaleidoscope initiative is to promote opportunities for relationship building; to network for the sake of mission, and to foster leadership among younger religious. READ MORE

Dominican University
Caritas Veritas Symposium, lecture Sept. 28, 30

Dominican University will host the Caritas Veritas Symposium, a campus-wide event to explore the university’s motto, Caritas et Veritas, on Tuesday, Sept. 28. During academic convocation at 3 p.m. that day, the Bradford O’Neill Medallion will be presented to Toni Harris, OP, social justice advocate and former Sinsinawa Dominican prioress. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former Master of the Dominican Order, will deliver the 2010 Caritas et Veritas Lecture at Dominican University on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. READ MORE

Musical Connections
Dominican sisters made recording with Mitch Miller

Margo Hart, communications director for the Dominican Sisters of Hope, Ossining, New York, was contacted by a reporter from Catholic New York regarding the sisters' connection to Mitch Miller. The resulting story, "Song in Their Hearts: Mitch Miller helped Dominican Sisters make music" ran in the Aug. 12 issue. READ MORE

Dominican Young Adults
National group has biennial meeting in Chicago

“I am Under Obligation, That is Why I am Eager to Preach the Gospel” (Rom 1:14-15) was the theme of the Dominican Young Adults (DYA), USA gathering in July. Seventeen members of DYA and four other members of the Dominican Family sat down together to set goals, plan events, share their love of the Dominican charism, pray together and simply enjoy each other’s company. READ MORE

Lay Dominicans
San Antonio group celebrates Feast of St. Dominic

The Lay Dominican Fraternity of St. Rose of Lima in San Antonio, Texas, came together to celebrate the Feast of St. Dominic Aug. 8. The Holy Mass took place in the Chapel of San Juan Macias. Mr. Gerard Elizondo, OP of Corpus Christi,Texas, made his perpetual promise as a Lay Dominican during the liturgy. Mr. Gordon Pfeil of San Antonio,Texas, was also admitted as a candidate. READ MORE

Faith and Film
The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright is a film about an unconventional family. Nic (Annette Bening) and Jules (Julianne Moore) are a lesbian couple in a long term committed relationship. They have two teenage children by artificial insemination. The film explores what happens when the children decide to discover the identity of their biological father. Review by Tom Condon, OP.

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Mary Hughes, OP elected president of LCWR

Mary Hughes, OP, took office in August as the 2010-2011 president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Sister Mary is the prioress of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Amityville, N.Y.

A Soul’s Work Exhibit: Celebration of the Life and Works of Gerardine Mueller, OP

The Visceglia Gallery at Caldwell College opens its fall season Sept. 8 with “A Soul’s Work" exhibit. A special reception featuring a video of Sister’s life and works will be held on Saturday Sept. 25 from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield rejoice with Carol Eddy’s response to God’s call to join the Dominican Sisters of Springfield by entering the formation experience as a candidate.


The 250 members of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia are still educating Nashville’s young women who attend Saint Cecilia Academy, but have expanded their teaching apostolate to 14 states and Australia in 35 schools and Aquinas College in Nashville. READ MORE