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March 23, 2011

Dominicans in Japan
Sisters, friars grateful for prayers

A recent newsletter from the Dominican family in Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, and Papua, New Guinea, featured messages from Dominican sisters and friars in Japan. “Words are inadequate to express our compassion for the people of Japan. We can only pray that all, especially our Dominican brothers and sisters, will have the courage to go on, knowing that they are being prayed for and supported by their family throughout the world,” writes Sister Elizabeth Hellwig, OP. Read more

New Orleans
Priests celebrate 50th anniversary of ordination

Father Neal McDermott, OP, and Father Val Ambrose McInnes, OP, both members of the Southern Dominican Province, recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of their ordination. Fr. Neal and Fr. Val entered the novitiate together in 1954 and were ordained in Dubuque, Iowa in 1961. They were both born in Canada, and both live and work in New Orleans. Both have had distinguished careers in education and pastoral ministry. Read more

St. Patrick’s Day
News from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph

From the “Dominican Daily”: Father Gregory Schnakenberg, OP, parochial vicar of St. Patrick Church in Columbus, Ohio, provides a description of the festivities for St. Patrick's day at the parish, along with a slideshow of the event. Read article/view photos Fr. Hugh Vincent Dyer, OP, a Dominican friar of Irish descent, offers a reflection in honor of the Patron of Ireland. Read reflection

Young Dominican Mission Team
Don’t miss presentation April 2–3 at Dominican University

Sister Gina Fleming, OP, has this to say about the Young Dominican Mission Team: “When was the last time you heard someone excited about our Dominican charism? When was the last time you felt excited about our Dominican charism? Well, if you need a shot in the arm, I would suggest you come to the presentation given by the Young Dominican Mission Team.” Read more

Associates in the News
Dominican associate program featured in Huffington Post

A recent article by Paul Kopenkoskey of the Religion News Service was picked up by the Huffington Post. The article highlights the one-year associate program offered by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more

Dominican Institute for the Arts
Annual gathering is July 27–30 in Springfield, Illinois

The Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) began 15 years ago with Dominican artists searching for a way to preach through their art and incorporate art in preaching. Today there are more than 100 members from convents and priories; lay and associate. This year’s guest speaker is well-known producer and director of opera Peter Sellars. Join us for a celebration of the arts. Read more

Remembering Oscar Romero in a time of war
March 24, 2011
Pax Christi USA

Obama at Romero's grave: 'Missed opportunity'
Fr. Roy Bourgeois: Visit 'could have been a historic moment'
March 23, 2011
National Catholic Reporter

Archbishop Romero
‘I Will Rise in the People’

On March 24, Christians in Latin America and throughout the world remember and celebrate the anniversary of the paschal death and resurrection of Archbishop Oscar A. Romero of El Salvador. For those of us who are preachers, Romero continues to be, in many ways, one of our greatest modern mentors. He was a preacher par excellence, one who knew himself to be called by God—in a particular place and time in history—to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ. Read more

Books and Media
‘Writing Home: A Retreat with Sister Ann Willits, OP’

Sister Ann Willits, OP (Sinsinawa) and Now You Know Media have announced the online release of ‘Writing Home: A Retreat with Sister Ann Willits.’ This audiorecording, a five CD set, features 12 25-minute topics and a written guide. Read more

Amityville Dominicans
Associates gather on Long Island March 20

On Sunday, March 20, more than 200 associate women and men and vowed members from congregations of sisters throughout the Long Island area gathered at the motherhouse of the Amityville Dominicans. The theme of the afternoon gathering was “Witnessing to the Compassion of God.” The presentation was given by Margaret Mayce, OP, our Dominican UN-NGO representative, along with Jacqui Ryan, OP, our Dominican sister from New Zealand, who is working with Margaret at the UN. Read more

Previous updates:

March 9, 2011

February 23, 2011

February 9, 2011

January 12, 2011

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, April 6. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, April 1.


Dominican crosses available

A new shipment of the Dominican crosses designed by Ann Lythgoe, OP
has arrived. The cross and chain are sterling silver; cross is embellished with
black enamel depicting the Dominican shield. Cost is $27 plus shipping. Contact Mary Sue Kennedy, OP:

DSI offers new brochure

Dominican Sisters International (DSI) has produced a new brochure to promote the mission and ministry of the organization. The brochure is available in PDF format in four languages on the DSI web site.

Delta Airlines joins fight against human trafficking

a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies to protect sexually exploited children, announced that Delta Airlines has become the first major airline in the word to sign the Tourism Code of Conduct. As a subscriber to the code, Delta will implement policies that condemn child trafficking, and provide training to help their employees identify and report trafficking activities.
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“Forgiveness”: Lenten Day of Retreat April 16

Joseph Kilikevice, OP is offering a Lenten day of retreat at Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality, Oak Park, Illinois. Teachings from both Christianity and Islam will be considered.
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