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February 23, 2011

Friar in the News
Haiti native builds connections as a priest in Memphis

Father Eduardo Logiste was ordained as a Dominican priest last July. He currently ministers at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Memories of childhood poverty, and the vivid realization of life in earthquake-devastated Haiti, where his family still lives, are part of his daily reality. A recent article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal highlighted the work that his parish and others are doing to help the people of Haiti. READ MORE

Sparkill Dominicans
Catholic Digest features article by Sister Margaret Palliser

Margaret Palliser, OP, a member of the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, has written an article on Dominican spirituality (“Praying with
the Dominicans: Tap into a spiritual tradition that can enrich your prayer life”) that appears in the March 2011 issue of Catholic Digest. Sister Margaret is also the editor of “Living with Christ.” READ ARTICLE

Sister artist sculpted legacy of beauty, knowledge

Mystic: “insight into mysteries transcending ordinary human knowledge; directed by communication with the divine.” Thus was Sister Monica Gabriel, according to the Random House Unabridged Dictionary. Sister Monica, a Racine Dominican, died Feb. 16 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A nationally respected artist, she also taught elementary through college-level art students in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. READ MORE

Friends of God
Dominican Ashram announces new mission, focus

Following an extended time of prayer and reflection, the Friends of God Dominican Ashram, with its core community members and its advisory council, announces a new focus in its mission to promote the contemplative dimension of our human experience. The hope is that this focus will support the sisters, friars, nuns, laity and associates of the Dominican family—and is open to all who seek to nurture a deeper contemplative consciousness. READ MORE

High Schools Preaching Conference
Registration forms available now for June 25–30 event

Students and adult mentors from Dominican high schools throughout the country will gather at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan June 25–30 for the 13th annual Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference. The mission of the conference is to “empower high school students to discover and deepen the preacher within themselves through prayer, study, community, and interaction with the Dominican family.” Registration materials for students and mentors are now available online.

Sister delegate reports increase in human rights abuse

Racine Dominican Sister Pat Chaffee traveled to Honduras as a member of a five-person delegation sponsored by the Friendship Office of the Americas. She writes about her experience, expressing concern that the ongoing human rights violations in Honduras are occurring “below the radar,” and urges Dominicans and others to become informed and support the nonviolent resistance effort. READ MORE

Genesis Farm
New Cosmology Immersion experience offered

“Immersion in the New Cosmology,” a 14-day summer program, “provides an intense, transformative experience that empowers us to re-think the meaning of our lives within this new story of Earth and Cosmos.” Students attend lectures, engage in discussion, do rituals, cook with whole foods, garden, and explore the farmland and bioregion. Presented by Sister Mariam MacGillis, OP (Caldwell), co-founder of Genesis Farm, and Larry Edwards, adjunct staff member at Genesis Farm. The program is offered July 17–30 and Aug. 7–20. Genesis Farm is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. For more information, visit Genesis Farm online.

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, March 9. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, March 4.


Aquinas, Barth Conference June 19–22

The Dominican House of Studies and Princeton Theological Seminary are co-sponsoring a conference on the theologies of St. Thomas Aquinas, OP, the Dominican medieval theologian, and Karl Barth, the 20th century Protestant theologian.

Workshop: Thomas Aquinas & Contemporary Philosophy

June 23-26, 2011. Co-hosted by the Catholic & Dominican Institute at Mt. St. Mary College in Newburgh, New York, and the Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Keynote speaker is Fr. Charles Morerod, OP, from the Angelicum in Rome.
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