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June 22, 2011

Jubilees in June
Sisters celebrate anniversaries of religious life

Dominican sisters across the United States are celebrating anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious this month. Many of the congregations feature stories and photos about their Jubilarians online. We’ve compiled a list of congregations celebrating Jubilees, and links to more information. Read more

UN Briefing
Pray for peaceful independence day for Southern Sudan

Having recently returned from Kenya, and the meeting of Dominican Sisters of Africa, I can’t help but pay greater attention to the plight of that beautiful continent—in particular, the ongoing violence in Sudan. By Sister Margaret Mayce, OP. Read more

Dominican Central Province
Friars elect new leadership at 18th provincial chapter

The Dominican friars of the Central Province (Province of St. Albert the Great) have elected Charles E. Bouchard, OP, as their new provincial during their 18th provincial chapter June 9–17 in River Forest, Illinois. The new Provincial Council includes Gerald Stookey, OP; Robert Keller, OP; Jose Santiago, OP; Paul Whittington, OP; Michael Kyte, OP; Daniel Davis, OP; and Andrew McAlpin, OP. Read more

Weber Center
Sisters, others enjoy virtual voyage to Holy Land

More than 60 pilgrims spent the week of June 13-18 visiting such sites as Galilee, Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem; taking a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee; living through the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus; and learning about the political and religious aspects of life at the time of Jesus – all without leaving Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the Motherhouse campus of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian. Read more

Sister in the News
Oakford Dominican speaks on UN AIDS panel

Sister Alison Munro, OP, director of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference AIDS Office in South Africa, spoke on universal access to treatment for AIDS patients during the recent United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS June 8–10. A story on the panel discussion was featured on the U.S. Catholic web site (“Panelists say faith-based groups lead the way in addressing AIDS crisis’). A copy of Sister Alice's presentation, “Is Universal Access a Myth or Reality at Local Level?” is available on the Dominican Sisters of Oakford web site.

Reflections: Art and Verse of Divine Love

Journey through the beauty and sacredness of everyday life with Sister Regina Marie Bernet, OP. In “Reflections: Art and Verse of Divine Love,” Sister Regina Marie explores the wonder of love found in everything around us, even in ourselves, using original verse, art and photographs taken by the Springfield Dominican Sisters. This 120-page full-color book contains more than a hundred reflections on the wonder of creation, the joy of life, and the love of God. The book is available for purchase through Adonis Designs Press, Chatham, Illinois, and is also available through or Barnes & Noble.

Houston Dominicans
Retreat focuses on interconnectedness of creation

Following their recent convocation, several Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas, participated in a community retreat led by Sister Linda Gibler, OP, and John Surette, SJ. During the week, the sisters studied the values and dynamics of God’s universe as a source of wisdom for creatively living and acting as persons of faith in today’s world with all of its challenges. Read more

Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology
Fr. Richard Schenk to head Catholic university in Germany

Michael Sweeney, OP, president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT), has announced the appointment of Richard Schenk, OP, as president of Katholische Universitaet Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, the only Catholic university in Germany. His term begins Oct. 1. Fr. Richard is currently professor of philosophy and theology and department chair of theology at DSPT. Read Fr. Michael's farewell remarks

Photo of the Week

Holy Land Pilgrimage at Weber Center: Sister Peg O’Flynn, OP, director of Weber Center,
checks the “passport” of Sister Dorothy Booms, OP, while Linda Braman, of the Weber Center staff, prepares to stamp the passport.

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


Common Dominican Novitiate

As the 10-month program draws to a close, the novices reflect on their time at CDN in their latest newsletter.

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New convent
open house

The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee, recently hosted an open house of their new convent. Photos from the event are featured in the Dominican Province of St. Joseph's blog.

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Ordinations on video

Brothers Hyacinth Marie Cordell, OP; Ignatius John Schweitzer, OP; Ezra Sullivan, OP; and Austin Dominic Litke, OP were recently ordained at Saint Dominic Church in Washington, DC. From Dominican Daily.

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Money and morals

“Budget decisions are moral choices…” The Dominican Sisters of Springfield have included a link on their web site to A Circle of Protection: A Statement on Why We Need to Protect Programs for the Poor. Among the primary signatories on this statement is Mary Hughes, OP, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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