Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, reflects on the wisdom of the Beatitudes during this season of Advent. “Maybe it's just that Christmas has become too commercialized, robbing it of its promise of quiet joy and peace at the Lord's coming. But perhaps part of it is that as we look forward towards this season of “Joy to the World,” we find ourselves touched, not by angels, but by acedia— that spiritual affliction… that convinces us that the whole business of being joyful just takes too much energy.” Read more
Dominican Sisters of Peace
On Saturday, Dec. 10, Sister Patricia Dual, OP, made her perpetual profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of Peace at the congregation's Columbus, Ohio motherhouse. While the membership of the Dominican Sisters of Peace does include a diversity of cultures, Sister Patricia is the first African-American vowed member of the congregation. Read more
Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci
After a year-long complex process of discernment, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci have voted to request a merger with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. The action took place during their Extraordinary Chapter, held at their retreat center in Niskayuna, New York, Dec. 13–15. The congregation had been in discernment with the Dominican Sisters of Adrian and the Dominican Sisters of Peace for about two years. Read more
The Dominican Sisters of Peace have approved a corporate stance on immigration reform that states: “We, Dominican Sisters of Peace, call for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide additional viable legal avenues for immigration, reunite families, legalize undocumented persons, and establish opportunities for permanent residency.” Read more The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters were among 10 congregations of women religious who issued billboards across Iowa with a Gospel message, along with a statement calling on the president and Congress to make progress on comprehensive immigration reform. Read story in National Catholic Reporter
Preaching in Action
Students from Dominican colleges or colleges that have a Dominican presence are invited to participate in the national “Preaching in Action” conference May 22–27 at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. The program introduces young adults to the Dominican charism and offers opportunities for preaching, prayer and service. Read more
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO + 20), will meet from June 20-22, 2012, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two major themes to be addressed are: the green economy, in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development; and, an institutional framework for sustainable development. Just recently, however, an important related event took place in Durban, South Africa—the 17th UN Climate Change Conference. While there was extensive media coverage of this meeting in other parts of our world, relatively little information was provided here in the United States. Read article by Margaret Mayce, OP.
Sister in the News
Caldwell Dominican Sister Pat Daly, OP, was recently featured in the December issue of U.S. Catholic magazine (“Sister Pat battles the board: How women religious are protecting consumers”) and in an interview with Rebecca Jarvis and the Rev. Seamus Finn, board member of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsiblity (ICCR), for the CBS Early Show (watch video). Sister Pat is the executive director of the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment, which represents 40 Catholic institutions (most from the New York metro area) to the ICCR.
UN Agency Position Available
International Congregations at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) is seeking a consecrated man or woman to serve as an executive secretary for the organization. The Food and Agriculture Organization is a United Nations specialized agency, accountable to the FAO Conference of member governments. FAO’s headquarters is in Rome, Italy. The deadline for application is Jan. 9, 2012. Read more
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Faith and Film
“The Descendants” is the acclaimed new film from writer-director Alexander Payne, who gave us “Sideways” and “About Schmidt” several years ago. Like those previous films, “The Descendants” pulls off the neat trick of being both funny and sad. Based on the book “The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian Selznick, “Hugo” tells the story of an orphan who lives in Paris’ train station in the 1930s. Hugo was taught by his father and grandfather to keep all the clocks running on time in the enormous station. The film, directed by Martin Scorsese, is visually stunning. Reviews by Tom Condon, OP.