Dominican Sisters Conference
Registration materials for the first annual Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) Convocation are now available. The convocation will be held Oct. 4–7 at the Westin Hotel in Wheeling, Illinois. Speakers Timothy Radcliffe, OP and Judi Neal will address the theme “Edge Walkers: Unfolding the Fertile Unknown.” To download registration materials (PDF 1.6 MB), click on the graphic or click here.
Jean Ramacciotti, a Lay Dominican and RCIA director at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Palo Alto, California, was among those honored on Martin Luther King Day with the Obama administration’s 2012 Drum Major for Service awards, presented “in recognition and appreciation of your commitment to strengthening our nation and for making a difference through volunteer service, addressing the most pressing needs in your community and in our country.” Jean was nominated by the Islamic Networks Group for her work on their Interfaith Speakers Bureau. Read more
Dominican Young Adults
Four members of the newly formed Dominican Young Adults Chapter in Puerto Rico travelled to New Orleans, Louisiana, for a service project Jan. 9–14. The student volunteers cleaned, mudded, sanded, primed and used drills as they helped make a home move-in ready for a displaced victim of Hurricane Katrina. Read article by Sister Gina Fleming, OP, including reflections by the students on their experience.
“We are a big family, used to welcoming different people. Some are very traditional, some are a bit crazy!” So responds Jean-Jacques Pérennès, OP, of the Dominican Institute of Oriental Studies in Cairo, in an interview with Lucette Verboven. This interview, along with those of 16 other Dominicans, can be found in Verboven’s anthology: “The Dominican Way.” The two people most responsible for this remarkable collection of interviews are Verboven, a Flemish writer and film producer, and Timothy Radcliffe, Master of the Order of Preachers from 1992 to 2001. Review by Ruth Caspar, OP. Read more
Fact: 1.4 billion people in our world live on less than U.S. $1.25 a day. Eradicating poverty is the theme of the 50th Session of the Commission for Social Development Feb. 1–10 in New York. In conjunction with the commission, there will be a Civil Society Forum on Jan. 31. Over the past year, the NGO community has been advocating for what is called a “social protection floor,” and this will be our focus during the Civil Society Forum. Read article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP
The last few days of the Christmas season at the Adrian Dominican motherhouse sparkled with joy as Sharon Bossler, OP, and Emmy Chelagat Choge, OP, transfer candidates, reaffirmed their vows as Adrian Dominican Sisters. The Rite of Reaffirmation took place on Jan. 7, 2012, during a special liturgy at St. Catherine Chapel. The Reaffirmation of Vows was the culmination of a three-year transfer process. Both Sisters had professed final vows in their original communities: Sister Sharon with the Dominican Nuns of the Monastery of the Blessed Sacrament in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and Sister Emmy with the Assumption Sisters of Eldoret, Kenya. Read more
Friar in the News
A recent article in the Catholic Sentinel (Oregon Catholic Press) featured Fr. Antoninus Wall, OP, and his unique ministry: being present and preaching at Lloyd Center Mall in Portland, Oregon, one month out of each year. This is his second January at the mall. In the words of Fr. Wall: “St. Dominic would be in the marketplace.” Fr. Wall is former president of the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California and the author of “The Journey to God.” Read article
Sister Gail Himrod, OP, associate professor of music history, was recently recognized for more than 35 years of service and leadership in the music program at Providence College, founded in 1917 by the Dominican Friars of the U.S. Eastern Province. Through her years as a member of the music faculty, she has helped the program to fulfill its mission: “to assist students to study, to hear, and to perform music with intelligence and understanding within the spirit of an art that transcends analysis.” Read more
On Dec. 19, 2011, Pope Benedict XVI confirmed he signed a decree acknowledging a miracle attributed to the intervention of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. This is the remaining miracle needed for her canonization. This announcement has long been anticipated, hoped for and prayed for by Native Peoples and countless others throughout the country and beyond. Read article by Diane Poplawski, OP
Faith and Film
Meryl Streep’s performance in “Iron Lady” is remarkable in that we see her not only as an old woman, but as a young member of Parliament, and as Britain’s first female prime minister. Unfortunately, the movie is not nearly as good as Streep’s performance. Read review by Tom Condon, OP