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December 15, 2010

Advent
A reflection on the Immaculate Conception

When we hear the question, "What disturbs you?" we may quickly focus on those persons, events, or situations that cause tension in our lives. It could be a boss who is always negative about our work or the noisy neighbors who don't respect our property… Whatever it may be, often times we begin to answer this question from the point of view of what affects my world, my life, and my priorities. On the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we could ask, “What disturbed Mary?” Reflection by Fr. Dominic Izzo, OP. READ MORE

Dominican Sisters International
Christmas letter from Sister Fabiola, newsletter posted

Visit the home page of the Dominican Sisters International web site to read the Christmas letter from Sister M. Fabiola Velasquez Maya, OP, international coordinator, and to download the December issue of the DSI newsletter. Highlights of the newsletter include articles and photos from the DSI Assembly, an interview with the new director of Dominican Volunteers International, Lucia Fernandez, OP; stories of mission and preaching in Tanzania, Kenya and Iraq, news of the International Dominican Youth Movement, and more. READ MORE

Dominic: Light of the Church
New feature-length film portrays life of St. Dominic

The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines recently announced the screening of a new movie, “Dominic: Light of the Church.” The Dominican Province of the Philippines gave life to St. Dominic de Guzman through the production of the first ever feature film on the extraordinary life of the saint. The movie is a gift of the Dominican Province of the Philippines to the Dominican Order as it celebrates its 800th anniversary in 2016. READ MORE

Dominican Sisters of San Rafael
Anniversary: Founder was first Catholic sister in California

On Sunday, Dec. 5, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael were joined by family and friends to celebrate the 160th anniversary of the arrival of the congregation’s founder. On Dec. 6, 1850, Mother Mary Goemaere arrived in San Francisco with Archbishop Joseph Alemany and Father Sadoc Vilarrasa. Mother Mary was the first Catholic sister in California, and established the first Catholic school in the state. READ MORE

Katrina documentary
Film released on five-year anniversary of hurricane

A new, award-winning documentary, “Not Broken,” illustrates the pain, struggle and near-death experiences of some who faced the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina five years ago, and, yet, in the midst of turmoil, mustered the courage to help one another. The film is produced by Pluma Pictures, Inc., a nonprofit production company founded by Fr. Armando Ibáñez, OP of the Southern Dominican Province. READ MORE

Coast to coast
Associates in New York; volunteers in San Francisco

On the East Coast, an active group of Dominican associates, the St. Hyacinth Group at the Church of Notre Dame in New York, meets monthly and welcomes visitors and new members. On the West Coast, the Sisters of Mission San Jose in San Francisco are in their second year of hosting volunteers, who serve at Immaculate Conception Academy. Dominican Volunteers USA is accepting applications. READ MORE

SOA Watch
Tacoma Dominican sisters participate in annual vigil

Five Tacoma Dominican sisters and associates and two friends traveled to Columbus, Georgia, for the annual SOA Watch prayer vigil and protest at the gates of Fort Benning military base. The Tacoma Dominicans have participated in this November event each year, some for more than 13 years. We walked side by side with 10,000 strong, including many young college and high school students and many Dominicans from our various sister congregations. READ MORE

El Salvador martyrs
Marking 30-year anniversary of deaths of missionaries

The night of Dec. 2, 1980 , Maryknoll Sisters Maura Clarke and Ita Ford arrived at the airport in San Salvador from a Maryknoll community meeting in Nicaragua. There to take them home were two women from the Cleveland, Ohio, mission team working in La Libertad, Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel and lay missioner Jean Donovan. Their van was stopped at a roadblock by Salvadoran national guardsmen. The women were taken to a remote area, abused and murdered. Their bodies were buried in a common grave by farmers compelled by the guardsmen. READ MORE

Faith and Film
Fair Game

“Fair Game” tells the true story of Valerie Plame, who was an actual covert CIA agent. Her true occupation was known only to her husband, Joe Wilson, and to her parents. All this changed when Valerie was “outed” by her own government. The headline-grabbing story took place in June 2003, a few months after the outbreak of the Iraq war. Review by Tom Condon, OP. READ MORE

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, December 29. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, December 24.

IN BRIEF

Reflections on the Mystery of Advent by priests and brothers at the Dominican House of Studies, Dominican Province of St. Joseph

Vocation news from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph

Send holiday greetings to soldiers overseas

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