Jubilees in June
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
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
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
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
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.
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 Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
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
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