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March 9, 2011

Blauvelt Dominicans
Congregation gathers for Chapter of Life and Mission

The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt gathered Feb. 18-21 for their Chapter of Life and Mission, with the theme “Celebrating Grace: Our Lives Today and Tomorrow,” to chart the course of the congregation for the next six years. The chapter opened with a prayer service and a reflection on the themes of grace, impasse and hope. READ MORE

Aquinas Institute honors women
Sparkill sister to receive lifetime achievement award

The Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis has selected five women who exemplify the pillars central to Dominican spirituality (preaching, prayer, study and community) for induction into its St. Rose of Lima Society. Sister Carol Kopff (Sparkill), who is active in prison ministry, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. READ STORY in St. Louis Review.

Tacoma Dominicans
Congregation elects leadership team at general chapter

The Sisters of St. Dominic of Tacoma recently re-elected Sisters Sharon Casey and elected Sisters Ann Marie Lustig, Anna Murphy and Maureen O’Brien to its Leadership Team. The Chapter expressed deep gratitude to Sisters Patricia Beattie and Mary Patricia Murphy for their years of Congregational leadership. READ MORE

Amityville Dominicans
More than 300 sisters gather for convocation

In February, the Dominican Sisters of Amityville held a convocation in Melville, New York, in preparation for next year’s chapter. Sister Mary Huges, OP, prioress, welcomed more than 300 Amityville Dominican sisters and associates, including four sisters from Puerto Rico. The presenters included Sister Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK. READ MORE

Dubuque’s Got Sisters
Interested in religious life? Convents offer tour in April

Are you a woman interested in exploring religious life? If so, sign up for “Dubuque's Got Sisters!” and prepare for a unique experience. Join Dubuque-area sisters for a 24-hour tour of four tri-state area convents to share life through praying, dining, and storytelling. Local transportation will be provided, and there is no fee to attend. READ MORE

Religious Education
Sister offers creative ways to teach deaf students

Sister Joan Mary Finn, OP (Amityville) was featured in a recent article on titled “The Related Unknown: Increasing Vocabulary for Deaf Children.” Sister Joan Mary was described as “an inventive and enthusiastic educator” who has worked with the hearing impaired for 40 years. READ MORE

Ministry in the News
NEW Life Center, college students working together

Sisters and college students in Flint, Michigan, are working together to build a nonprofit ministry to help unemployed women. Sister Carol Weber, OP, is director of St. Luke's NEW Life Center in Flint. “Our mission was to help at-risk women become self-sustainable by helping them find jobs, but then the bottom fell out of the economy,” she said in a recent article in the Flint Journal. “In order to be true to our mission, we felt we needed to start a small business to give them jobs.” READ MORE

Sister in the News
Four-time cancer survivor promotes healing with humor

Dominican Sister Sue Tracy (Grand Rapids) was featured in a recent story titled “Experts agree that laughter, humor speed up healing,” published in the Feb. 28 edition of the Grand Rapids Press and posted on Sister Sue works as a chaplain at Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids. READ MORE

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, March 23. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, March 18.


Lands of Dominic Pilgrimage
June 2–17

Hosted by St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas. 16-day pilgrimage to Spain, France, and Italy. Join us as we follow in the footsteps of St. Dominic. Spiritual director is Rev. Marty Iott, OP.
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Medieval Latin summer program at ODU

Ohio Dominican University will offer a summer program in Medieval Latin. Deadline to apply is May 1.
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