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November 23, 2011

Prayers dedicated to 500th anniversary; retreats and events

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.

Dominican Saints
Saint Albert the Great: ‘Pioneer of the natural sciences’

Dan Burke, executive director of the National Catholic Register, blogs about Saint Albert the Great on his feast day, Nov. 15. Read article

Happy Holidays
Ideas for Dominican gift giving

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

Houston Dominicans
Sisters sell crafts, build community at annual event

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 does double duty as pastoral minister, chaplain

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
Biology professor presents at Vatican adult stem cell conference

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
The Way

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.

The planning committee for the first DSC Convocation takes time for a photo during a tour of the Westin Hotel in Wheeling, Illinois in October. Registration materials for the convocation will be mailed to congregations early next year. Look for more information in future DomLife updates.

Previous updates:

  November 9, 2011 October 19, 2011
October 5, 2011 Sept 21, 2011 Sept 7, 2011
August 24, 2011 August 10, 2011 July 20, 2011

The next Dominican Life | USA update will be published on Wednesday,December 7. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, December 2.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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Link to video of 500th anniversary webcast

New translation of Roman Missal

A recent article by Fr. Thomas Petri, OP, on the new translation of the Roman Missal ("Six things every priest should know") has been posted by the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. From Dominican Daily.

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New Jersey elementary schools honored

St. John the Apostle School in Clark-Linden (Sister Donna Marie O’Brien, OP, principal) and Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona (Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan, OP, principal) were among seven New Jersey Catholic elementary and middle schools to receive the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Awards.

More info on NCEA web site

Mud Puddle Films launches Facebook page

Mud Puddle Films, a nonprofit ministry of the Dominican Friars of the Western United States headed by Dominic DeLay, OP, is now on Facebook.

Visit Facebook page

Dominican Women and Preaching Calendar

Dominican Sisters International (DSI) and Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) are collaborating on a 2012 calendar that will celebrate the richness and variety of female preaching in the 111 countries in which Dominican sisters are present. The calendar will be available soon on the DSI web site.

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