Dominican Sisters Conference
Fall was definitely in the air when 90 sisters arrived on the beautiful campus of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, to attend the first Elected Leaders Assembly of the Dominican Sisters Conference Sept. 30–Oct. 3. The theme for the gathering was “Deepening Dialogue, Nurturing Hope and Birthing Life and Mission Anew.” Read more
Dominican Sisters of Peace
On Oct. 7, the feast of the Holy Rosary, two Associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace were married at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Dodge City, Kansas. The story of their separate life journeys—and how they intersected to arrive at the opening of this current chapter—is not only unique, but intimately entwined with their common Dominican connection. Read more
Priest in the News
A recent story in the Columbia Missourian (a community news organization directed by professional editors and staffed by Missouri School of Journalism students) focuses on a Dominican priest who is serving as pastor of two local parishes. Read story
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change will be convening in Durban, South Africa next month. States and civil society members will be discussing new developments in the environment, policy recommendations, and adaptation to climate change. While most people usually consider climate change as an isolated concern, this cross-cutting issue affects a multitude of others, including gender inequality, peace and security, health, and economic development. Read article by Dominican volunteer Alexandra (Alex) Sajben.
Nun in the News
Dominican Sister Mary Catharine Perry, novice mistress of The Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey, was featured in a recent article in the National Catholic Register, “Dominican Nun Delves into the Mystery of the Rosary.” Writes Kathryn Jean Lopez in her introduction: “In an interview to mark the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, she provided a deeper window into the cloistered life in the New York metropolitan area and does what Dominicans do so well: teach about the Rosary to those of us outside monastery walls.” Read article
Dominicans in the Americas
In preparation for the 500th anniversary of Dominican presence in the Americas, a steering committee has been formed by Sister Toni Harris, OP, to commemorate this event. We invite the Dominican Family to find ways to celebrate this preaching presence beginning with a webcast on Nov. 21 and throughout the year 2012. The committee has compiled an extensive list of opportunities and upcoming events. Read more
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Hope Justice committee held an Immigration Summit at Mariandale in Ossining, New York. Attendance was over 100. The goal of the day was to contribute to a shift in the U.S. approach to immigration law and practice, and to develop strategies for future collaboration. Sponsors included The Dominican Sisters of Hope, Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, and Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York; and the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. Read more
Faith and Film
Bring your hand sanitizer: “Contagion” is a reminder that we are a global village. With jets crisscrossing the globe every day, a virus can indeed move undetected from continent to continent, infecting millions by casual contact. The film is not perfect, but it is entertaining. Read review by Tom Condon, OP.