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December 29, 2010

Dominican Sisters Conference
New office location; planning underway for convocation

At its November meeting in La Grange, Illinois, the Dominican Sisters Coordinating Committee reviewed the budget for DSC, and made a decision to relocate the DSC office to Farmington Hills, Michigan. The committee also formed planning committees and set dates for a gathering of elected leaders in Springfield, Illinois, Sept. 30–Oct. 3, 2011; and a convocation of Dominican sisters and associates Oct. 4–7, 2012 (location TBD). READ MORE

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sr. Patricia Connick makes perpetual profession of vows

On Dec. 10, Sr. Patricia Connick made her Perpetual Profession of Vows as a Dominican Sister of Peace at a ceremony at St. Catherine of Siena Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The event was purposefully scheduled early on a Friday afternoon so that young women from nearby Dominican Academy, where Sr. Pat serves as assistant principal, could witness the momentous occasion. READ MORE

Sisters find hope, faith amid devastating conditions

Three sisters and one laywoman from Dominican congregations in Argentina, Brazil and Peru have been living and working in Haiti for the past several months: María Marciano, Sister Mercedes More, Marleni Guiraldo Ramirez (Dominican layperson) and Sister Noemí Zambrano. Sister Noemi sent a letter via e-mail which has been translated from its original Spanish to English. The letter begins: “To name Haiti is to name resilience.” READ MORE

Adrian Dominicans
Adrian Rea Literacy Center receives accreditation

Adrian Rea Literacy Center, located on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, formally received accreditation on Dec. 14 by ProLiteracy worldwide. Adrian Rea is one of only six adult literacy providers in Michigan to have that distinction. READ MORE

Priest in the News
Fr. Greg Maturi, OP, helps fight crime in Youngstown

Fr. Greg Maturi, OP, a Dominican priest in Youngstown, Ohio, was featured recently in a CNN report entitled “Crime Fighting Friar.” After two murders near Saint Dominic's church in less than a year, Fr. Maturi decided to take action. LINK to video and CNN Belief Blog

Adrian Dominicans
Sisters begin new ministry to orphans in Kenya

Inspired by the work of other lay missioners from Michigan, four Adrian Dominican Sisters have volunteered to work with orphaned children in Africa. Sisters Maurine Barzantni, OP; Kathryn Cliatt, OP; Christa Marsik, OP; and Renee Richie, OP left Adrian in mid-October and have been settling into their new ministries at The Children’s Village orphanage in Kenya. There, they serve as a caring presence to the children, visiting the classrooms, offering personal and group therapy, providing prayer opportunities, and working with the children on creative projects. READ MORE

Sisters in the News
NPR reports on Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia

Young sisters talk about being called to religious life as Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. The congregation, based in Nashville, Tennessee, welcomed 27 new members in 2010 and a total of 90 new members in the past five years. READ MORE

A Soul-Centered Life: Exploring an Animated Spirituality

A genuine spirituality must address two essential characteristics: It cannot be meant for an elite few, yet it must answer life s toughest and most basic questions: How did we get here? What are we destined to become? It recognizes the crucial role of religious tradition and community; it is not merely eclectic and individualized therapy, focused only on my well-being. Retrieving a theological understanding of the soul, Michael Demkovich, OP, explores an animating spirituality that integrates faith and life, the moral and the intellectual, into an animated spirituality that makes life meaningful and satisfying. READ MORE

Evolutionary Christianity
Sr. Linda Gibler to speak as part of teleseminar series

“The Advent of Evolutionary Christianity: Conversations at the Leading Edge of Faith,” a free online event, will feature Houston Dominican Sister Linda Gibler, OP, speaking on “An Evolutionary View of Sacraments.” Her live interview will air on Sunday, Jan. 9. This online teleseries, which began Dec. 4 and continues through Jan. 14, features discussions with 38 leaders in science and religion. READ MORE

A Journey with St. Dominic June 2–17, 2011

St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas, is sponsoring a 16-day pilgrimage to Spain, France, and Italy “in the footsteps of Dominic.” The tour includes visits to 12 European destinations significant in the life of St. Dominic and the Church. DOWNLOAD intinerary and registration form.

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, January 12. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, January 7. Happy New Year!


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