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July 6, 2011

Blauvelt Dominicans
Sisters celebrate transfer of leadership

On Sunday, June 26, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, celebrated the transfer of leadership during a Eucharistic liturgy. The liturgy began with a procession of ministries, during which sisters, associates and lay people who work with the sisters carried in signs representing the many diverse places in which they serve. Read more

International News
Sister honored for work with Aboriginal children

Sister Doreen Hynes (Dominican Sisters of Cabra, South Australia) ministers in South Australia as an English and math tutor to indigenous children. She recently received a National Aboriginal Islander Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) award for her services. Read story in Adelaide Now

Volunteers gather for retreat in Grand Rapids

As the 2011 service year comes to a close, the Dominican Volunteers met in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in June to reflect and prepare themselves for the year ahead. The theme of the retreat was “Movement and Transitions” as the volunteers prepared to leave their ministries and begin their next adventure. Read more

Province of St. Joseph
Dominican friars vocation event is July 10 in Rhode Island

All men interested in learning more about a vocation to the Order of Preachers are invited to a Dominican Vocation Event on Sunday, July 10 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Pius V Church, 55 Elmhurst Ave., Providence, RI 02908 (across the street from Providence College). This is an opportunity to meet the director of vocations and other Dominican friars from the Province of St. Joseph. For more information, contact Fr. Benedict Croell, OP,

Dominican congregations take stance on immigration reform

The Dominican congregations of Amityville, Blauvelt, Hope, Sparkill (New York) and Caldwell (New Jersey) believe that our present immigration law is badly broken and in need of reform: It ignores the human situation of separated families and the oppressive living conditions that force people to migrate. We support a compassionate and comprehensive immigration law… Read more

Sparkill Dominicans
Celebrating 30 years of ministry in Peru

Sisters Mary Murray and Margaret Palliser traveled to Lima, Peru to be present for a celebration honoring Sister Maureen Robinson for 32 years of health care ministry to and with the people of Pamplona. Read more

Faith and Film
Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris is turning out to be Woody Allen’s most popular movie in decades. It’s not hard to see why. It’s engaging, surprising, and has many beautiful scenes of Paris. What’s not to like? Review by Tom Condon, OP. Read more

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The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, July 20. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, July 15.


A Question of Habit

The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters will host a screening of the full-length documentary film “A Question of Habit” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 19. The film examines the wide variety of visual images of Catholic nuns and sisters used in contemporary U.S. popular culture and contrasts these images with the lives of actual women religious, both historical and current. The screening is free and open to the public. For more information, call (608) 748-4411, ext. 819, or visit

Jubilee: Sisters celebrate anniversaries

Dominican sisters across the United States are celebrating anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious. 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.

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