The steering committee for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas has developed prayers for each Sunday of Advent, which begins Nov. 27. The prayers are available in PDF format. Download prayers: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 Also, visit the Coming Events page for information about Advent retreats and holiday events.
Dan Burke, executive director of the National Catholic Register, blogs about Saint Albert the Great on his feast day, Nov. 15. Read article
The Dominican Family includes many talented visual, literary and culinary artisans. Why not consider giving a gift from the heart and hands of a Dominican this year? This is a great way to support Dominican ministries while you cross items off your holiday shopping list. Here are some links to get you started. Read more
After a year of knitting, crocheting, making ornaments, painting and stitching, the Dominican Sisters of Houston were ready for their annual Arts and Crafts Sale, held the first weekend in November. The sale featured handcrafts, needlework, holiday decorations, paintings, baked goods, homemade jellies and jams. Many come early each year for the Dominican Marmalade. Read more
Dominican Sisters of Hope
Sister Connie Koch, OP (Hope), has been appointed chaplain to the Westchester (New York) County Department of Public Safety and the Westchester County Police Force. She previously served for 19 years as chaplain to the police and fire departments of Dobbs Ferry in Westchester. Commenting on her work as chaplain, Sister Connie says, “I am ‘on call’ whenever needed…” Read more
Friars in the News
Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP, associate professor of biology and instructor of theology at Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island, was a featured presenter at a three-day international Vatican conference on adult steam cell research. The conference, entitled “Adult Stem Cells: Science and the Future of Man and Culture,” gathered 350 scientists, religious figures, politicians, educators and industry representatives. Fr. Austriaco spoke on the topic, “Will the Advancement of Life Sciences Change Our Vision of Man?” From Dominican Daily. Read more
Faith and Film
Written and directed by Emilio Estevez, “The Way” is a reflective movie which takes spirituality seriously… a rarity these days. “The Way” is a very Catholic movie, with its emphasis on pilgrimage. Conversion happens gradually, even imperceptibly, along the way of life. As Tom (Martin Sheen) discovers, the pilgrims who share our journey are not accidental to our spiritual growth, they are absolutely necessary; even (perhaps especially) the ones who annoy us the most. Read review by Tom Condon, OP.