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April 6, 2011

Dominican Sisters Conference
May gift sharing fundraiser underway

Dominican sisters and associates have donated wonderful gifts for the raffle that will take place during the month of May. Proceeds from the fundraiser support the mission of the Dominican Sisters Conference. Download brochure

Caldwell Dominicans
YNT Vocation Rally held in March

In text messaging parlance, “YNT” means “Why Not?” So, on a sunny day in March, 240 girls in Grade 11 at four Dominican high schools arrived on the campus of Caldwell College to consider the question “YNT?” The Dominican Sisters asked “YNT” in the framework of God’s call to join Dominican life and mission: “Why Not YOU be a woman called by God to become a Dominican Sister?” Read more

Puerto Rico
Dominican charism, education brings students together

Sister Gina Fleming, OP (Amityville), co-director of the National College Preaching Conference, recently returned from a trip to Puerto Rico and was impressed by the energy and enthusiasm modeled by the students at the Collegio San Antonio in Isabella. The students were eager to learn more about Dominican programs, and took steps to initiate the first chapter of Dominican Young Adults in Puerto Rico. Read more

Interfaith Award
Jewish Community Relations Council honors Dominicans

The prestigious Norman A. Stack Community Relations Award will be presented to Fr. Richard Peddicord, OP, president of Aquinas Institute of Theology, and to Sister Carla Mae Streeter, OP, longtime Aquinas faculty member, at the Jewish Community Relations Council annual meeting May 25 in St. Louis, Missouri. This award was established in 1989 to honor leaders of the St. Louis community who have made significant contributions to interfaith understanding, intergroup relations, and social justice. Read more

Dominican Alliance
Eco-Justice Committee meets in Great Bend, Kansas

The Eco-Justice Committee of the Dominican Alliance met at Heartland Farm and the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend motherhouse in Kansas March 17-20. Ten committee members were present, representing the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Springfield, Peace, and Racine. Participants stayed at Heartland Farm, in Pawnee Rock, holding the business meeting in the farm's strawbale arts building, praying in the converted silo, and enjoying home-cooked meals and a tour of the farm. Read more

Breaking ground for a new monastery in Vancouver

On March 28, in a setting of awesome natural beauty, on a high plateau above the Squamish River Valley, Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, and friends of Queen of Peace Monastery community gathered to break ground for a new monastery in the Archdiocese of Vancouver. Sister Mary Thomas, OP, prioress of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament, came from Farmington Hills, Michigan, the Dominican monastery that sponsored the new foundation in Western Canada over its first 10 years. Read more

Faith and Film
The Grace Card

“The Grace Card” is one of a new breed of Christian movies. Encouraged by the popularity of the 2008 film “Fireproof,” a steady stream of movies aimed at Christian audiences has emerged. “The Grace Card” was filmed in Memphis, Tennessee, with some local churches taking an active part in funding the movie. Review by Tom Condon, OP. Read more

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The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, April 27. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, April 22. Happy Easter!


St. Vincent Ferrer celebrated April 5

Roman Catholics celebrated the missionary efforts of St. Vincent Ferrer on April 5. The Dominican preacher brought thousands of Europeans into the Catholic Church during a period of political and spiritual crisis in Western Europe. (Catholic News Agency)

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Aquinas Lecture available online

The 2011 Aquinas Lecture, "The Dead in Christ Will Rise: Thomas Aquinas and Current Ideas on the Time of the Resurrection," was offered by Fr. Bryan Kromholtz, OP, assistant professor of theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology.

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Talk on Flannery O’Connor’s fiction

Br. Boniface Endorf, OP, spoke on “The Grotesque Iconography of Flannery O'Connor” as part of the Passion of Christ Conference at the Dominican House of Studies.

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Papal theologian featured in video

Watch the video trailer by Kindly Light Media, featuring Father Wojciech Giertych, OP, the papal theologian. From the establishment of this office in 1218, the position has always been held by a member of the Dominican Order.

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Dominican crosses available

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