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June 8, 2011

Dominican Sisters Conference
Leadership assembly is Sept. 30–Oct. 3 in Springfield, Ill.

The Planning Committee for the Elected Leaders' Assembly has been hard at work for the past few months arranging for the fall meeting for leadership. The theme chosen for this assembly is: “Dominican Sisters Conference: Deepening Dialogue, Nurturing Hope, Birthing Life.” The deadline for registration is Aug. 29. Download registration materials (PDF)

UN Briefing
‘Divine blessings’: Meeting Dominican sisters in Africa

Sister Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville), DLC/NGO representative at the United Nations, recently returned from Nairobi, Kenya, where she attended the Assembly of Dominican Sisters of Africa May 16–23. She described the visit as just one of the fruits of working closely with DSI over the past few years, in an effort to establish stronger ties between Dominican sisters worldwide and her work as the UN NGO representative. “It was very inspiring to pray and reflect with the sisters regarding their lived reality in Africa, and to witness their deep desire to bring about a fullness of life for their brothers and sisters on the continent,” said Sister Margaret. “They hold dear their identity as Dominicans, and as preachers.” Read more

Province of St. Joseph
Friars celebrate four ordinations to priesthood

Watch a photo slideshow of the ordinations of brothers Hyacinth Marie Cordell, OP, Ignatius John Schweitzer, OP, Ezra Sullivan, OP and Austin Dominic Litke, OP to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ through the imposition of Hands and Prayer of Ordination by the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, JCD, Archbishop for the Military Services, U.S.A. on May 27 at Saint Dominic Church in Washington, D.C. From Dominican Daily.

College Preaching Conference
Thirty-six students participate in ninth annual event

During the week of May 24, 36 students from Dominican universities/colleges or colleges with a Dominican presence gathered at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, for the ninth national “Preaching in Action” Conference. These young people came together to learn about the Dominican charism of preaching and how that charism can be incorporated into their own lives and passed on to others. They were given the opportunity to experience themselves as preachers using the mediums of art, dance, drama, and music. Read more

Caldwell Dominicans
Sisters receive RENEW award, honorary doctorate

Sister Mary McGuinness, OP, received the inaugural Msgr. Thomas A. Kleissler Award on June 2 at the RENEW International 12th Annual Gala in West Orange, New Jersey. This award is presented to an individual person who exemplifies the missionary and visionary qualities of RENEW International’s founder: to serve the needs of today’s Church through innovative pastoral services and resources that build vibrant faith communities of hope and Gospel action. Sister Gerardine Mueller, OP, professional artist and professor emerita at Caldwell College, was given an an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa). during Caldwell College's 69th annual commencement. Read more

Dominicans in the Americas
500th anniversary committee sends out a call for papers

The Steering Committee of the 500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas welcomes articles from historians, theologians, justice promoters and preachers of the Dominican Family to submit articles or papers for publication for the upcoming 500th Anniversary of this preaching which changed the direction of the New World. Read more

Gathering of Dominicans commemorates anniversary

The weekend of May 20-22 in San Pedro Sula occasioned the first-ever gathering of all friars, sisters and laity in Honduras. The Justice and Peace Commission of the San Pedro Sula Dominican Family called together representation from the friars, the five Dominican women’s congregations working in Honduras, and some 29 laity. The event was planned as a commemoration of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Dominicans to Americas. Read more

Faith and Finance
Adrian Dominicans committed to community investing

Sister Corinne Florek, OP (Adrian) and the Adrian Dominican Sisters will be honored at the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions 37th annual conference, “Serving the Underserved,” June 15-18. Read more

Photos of the Week

Mary Sue Kennedy, executive director of the Dominican Sisters Conference, meets with sisters in St. Catherine, Kentucky. Left: Sisters Mary Agnes Sullivan and Mary Sue Kennedy. Above, clockwise from top left: Sisters Maria Goretti Brown, Mary Alan Stuart, Mary Agnes Sullivan, Betty Dorr and Nancy Hanna.

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The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, June 22. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, June 17.


Student brothers publish new issue of Dominicana

The students of the Dominican House of Studies have published a new issue of the Dominicana, a publication of that was started in 1916 and ran for more than 50 years. The student brothers plan to publish the journal three times a year. From Dominican Daily.

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An Imaginative Word with Timothy Radcliffe, OP

September 23-24 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. The flourishing of Christianity depends upon us touching
people's imagination. The good news will only come alive in
people's minds and hearts if it transforms how we see the world and each other. How can we do this today?

Friars make pilgrimage in Washington, D.C.

Fourteen Friars of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., recently made a pilgrimage through the streets of of the nation's capitol to commemorate the founder of the Dominican Order, St. Dominic de Guzman.

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Maryknoll sister helps fight tuberculosis in Ethiopia

Maryknoll Sister Rosemarie Milazzo is helping to build a social service network for TB patients in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. She was recently featured in an article in the Maryknoll Sisters

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