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July 20, 2011

Springfield Dominicans
Girls grow in faith at Dominican Faith Camp

The hallways of Sacred Heart Convent echoed with laughter as Dominican Faith Camp got underway. The annual summer event was a three-day retreat in which girls in elementary and middle school enjoyed fellowship with each other, visited and prayed with the sisters, explored their faith and learned more about the Dominican charism. Read more

Weber Center
Being Dominican in the 21st Century

On the eve of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the first Dominicans to the Americas, modern-day Dominicans were challenged to “begin again” to live out their vocations to the fullest. More than 100 registered participants, as well as local Adrian Dominicans who watched broadcasts of the talks, gathered for a special conference, “Being Dominican in the 21st Century,” July 8-11 at Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian, Michigan. Read more

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, Ky., celebrates 50 years

On Sunday, July 10, Sansbury Care Center celebrated its Golden Jubilee anniversary: 50 years of nurturing healing, comfort, and faith in St. Catharine, Kentucky. The celebration included a Mass, reception, and tours on the grounds of the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in St. Catharine. Read more

In Memoriam
Fr. Ed Everitt remembered as ‘good priest, good preacher’

From the National Catholic Reporter July 14: “A Louisiana Dominican priest who was found shot to death July 11 at his order's Mississippi retreat house ‘was a good priest and a good preacher’ who ‘drew the best out of people’…” Read NCR story From July 16: Hundreds gather for slain priest’s funeral at his church in Hammond. Read more More information about Fr. Ed is available at the Southern Dominican Province web site.

Dominican Sisters of Hope
Congregation sells property to Mount Saint Mary College

The Dominican Sisters of Hope (Ossining, New York) have sold their 13.1 acre property in Newburgh to Mount Saint Mary College. The Dominican Sisters, who retain an easement to access a private cemetery on the property, spent 128 years at this site. “Our mission of education began here in Newburgh, when four Sisters of Saint Dominic traveled from New York City in 1883 to establish Mount Saint Mary Academy,” recalls Sister Lorelle Elcock, OP, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Read more

Faith and Film
Beginners, The Tree of Life

Beginners” is an entertaining look at the complexity of relationships. Terrence Malick’s new film “The Tree of Life” takes us from the dawn of creation (including dinosaurs!) to the afterlife, with the story of a 1950s Texas family in the center of the film. Reviews by Tom Condon, OP.

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The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday, August 10. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, August 5.


Dominican Volunteers International

The July DVI newsletter is available online. Click here to download, or visit

Dominican prayers
on the iPhone

Read more about the iPhone Breviary. From Dominican Daily

Eulogy for Fr. Val LaFrance, OP

Given by Fr. Bruce Williams, OP, July 7 at
St. Dominic Priory Washington, DC. From Dominican Daily

Read eulogy

Sister to receive
papal award

Dominican Sister Ann Bertain, director of community services at St. Dominic Parish (Archdiocese of San Francisco), is one of six people who will receive the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice ("For the Church and Holy Father") award in August.

Read story in Catholic San Francisco

Dominican crosses available

Cost is $27 plus shipping. Contact