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January 25, 2012

Dominican Sisters Conference
Convocation registration materials available

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.

Dominican Laity
Jean Ramacciotti honored with Drum Major for Service award

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
Rebuilding homes, and building friendships, in New Orleans

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.

Book Review
The Dominican Way

“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

UN Briefing
Social Protection Floor would meet basic human needs

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

Adrian Dominicans
Sisters reaffirm vows as Adrian Dominican Sisters

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
Priest goes where the people are: at the mall

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

Adrian Dominicans
Music professor recognized for 35 years of service

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

Las Casas
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha on her way to sainthood

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
The Iron Lady

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

Previous updates:

January 11, 2012 December 21, 2011 December 7, 2011
November 23, 2011 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,February 8. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, February 3.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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Dominican sisters-in-training launch blog

Sisters Christine DeAnna, Kelly Biddle and Krissie Koll have started a blog, “A Day in the Life…”
about their experience living at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate (CDN) in St. Louis.

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Dominican Sister inspired Catholic educators

A recent article in the National Catholic Reporter, “Family credits strong Catholic education for daughters' career choice,” included the following quote from the mother of four girls who each became teachers in Catholic schools: "Sister Juliana demonstrated to all the girls that being a Catholic educator went beyond the classroom walls… She celebrated with them in their victories and supported them when they were down, (and) she knew the best way to help her students was to help their families. All four were honored to have known her." The late Sister Juliana Naulty, a Dominican Sister of Hope, was principal of St. Joseph School in Toms River, New Jersey.

Summer workshop: Thomas Aquinas and the Mind/Body Problem

June 21–24 at Mount Saint Mary Colelge in Newburgh, New York. Sponsored by the Catholic and Dominican Institute of Mount Saint Mary’s College and the Thomistic Institute of the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC. Presenters include Charles Morerod, OP, Bishop of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg, Switzerland; and James Brent, OP, The Catholic University of America.

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Social Protection Floor would meet basic human needs

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Dominican crosses available

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