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May 11, 2011

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The mission of Dominican Life | USA is to inform readers of news and activities of Dominican friars, sisters, nuns, laity and associates in the United States, promote the preaching charism of the Order, and inspire action on behalf of justice and peace. We appreciate your readership! We also welcome your support. Please consider making a donation to DomLife. Learn more

St. Albert Province
Three friars to be ordained in St. Louis May 14

Friar Dominic Patrick McManus, Friar Joseph Michael Minuth, and Friar Cassian Kenneth Sama, of the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), Province of St. Albert the Great, will be ordained to the priesthood on Saturday, May 14 at 6:30 pm, at St. Pius V Church, St. Louis, Missouri, by the Most Rev. John R. Gaydos, Bishop of Jefferson City, Missouri. Read more

Springfield Dominicans
Sisters honored for service in education, health care

Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, OP (Springfield) was named 2011 recipient of the National Catholic Education Association’s (NCEA) John F. Meyers Award at the NCEA’s annual convention and convocation in April. Also in April, Sister Mary Trinita Eddington, OP (Springfield) was awarded the Governor’s Initiative for Volunteer Excellence (GIVE) Marsha Meeks Kelly Award for Lifetime Achievement in Volunteer Service at a ceremony held in Jackson, Mississippi. Read more

St. Dominic Priory
Construction underway; first tour of building is May 14

Last year, the Dominican provinces of St. Albert the Great and Martin de Porres purchased the former Loretto Academy building in St. Louis. After some renovation, the building will become a priory for men in formation from both provinces. Built in 1908, the building is on the National Register of Historic Places. The St. Dominic Priory Building Project has its own web site, and the first tour of the priory is scheduled for Saturday, May 14. The priory is expected to be ready for occupancy this fall.

Houston Dominicans
Sisters welcome new members to the Dominican Family

On Saturday, April 30, during the Eucharistic celebration for the Second Sunday of Easter, 29 women and men were welcomed into the Dominican Family by the Dominican Sisters of Houston. Having completed two years of initial formation learning about St. Dominic and the four pillars, they made a year-long commitment to live the Dominican charism. Read more

Market Complicity and Christian Ethics

Are we morally responsible for the distant harms of our market transactions? If so, why? This book examines culpability for the injurious ripple effects of our market choices. Drawing insights from law, theology, economics, and social philosophy, it evaluates our moral complicity in others' economic wrongdoing or in collective market harms. Author Albino Barrera, OP, is professor of economics and theology at Providence College in Rhode Island. Read more

Friar in the News
Fr. Tony lives out his faith… at the local mall

Dominican Fr. Tony Wall is not a mall walker. He is a mall preacher. Fr. Tony spent a month at a mall in Portland, Oregon, making himself available to those who wanted to meet and talk with him. The story was featured in the Catholic Sentinel, a service of the Oregon Catholic Press. “People don't meet priests any more. We are hiding in the rectory,” said Fr. Tony in the Catholic Sentinel article. “Jesus sent people out on the road… St. Dominic was out in the crossroads and at the inns. He was not waiting for people to find him.” Read more

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sisters take action for justice, hope to inspire others

The Dominican Sisters of Peace have established four justice committees: Peace and Nonviolence, Human Trafficking, Immigration, and Eco-Justice. Sister Judy Morris, OP, justice and peace promoter for the congregation, is eager to share news of what the sisters are doing, and hopes their work will inspire and encourage others. Read more

Faith and Film
Win Win

Win Win is a new film written and directed by Thomas McCarthy, who gave us the excellent 2008 film The Visitor. McCarthy’s latest isn’t as good as his previous effort. However, like The Visitor, it presents characters which are flawed, but basically good and likeable, facing unexpected dilemmas in their lives. Read review by Tom Condon, OP.

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The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, May 25. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, May 20.


SHOP newsletter

The latest newsletter from the Sister Historians of the Order of Preachers (SHOP) in Fanjeaux, France, is now available.

iDoms Reader app

A new app created by friars from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph and the Province of Ireland provides access to articles and videos aggregated from various web sites of the Dominican order. The application is suitable for iPhone/iTouch and the iPad.

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Beatification of Pope John Paul II

Read homily by Fr. Brian Mulcahy, OP. From Dominican Daily, e-newsletter of the Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph

Dominican sister named principal

St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater, Minn., will welcome Dominican Sister Mary Juliana as principal for the 2011-2012 school year. The Sisters of the St. Cecilia Congregation in Nashville, Tenn., arrived at St. Croix Catholic in 2002; however, Sister Mary Juliana will be the first sister to serve as principal. From

DSC May gift sharing fundraiser

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.

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Dominican crosses available

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