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February 8, 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.

Springfield Dominicans
Sisters observe Year of Dominican Women and Preaching

Legend has it that St. Dominic often visited his sisters in Prouille before and after he and his brothers engaged in their preaching ministry. No doubt, in the course of these supportive conversations, the sisters exerted a measure of influence on Dominic’s preaching and thus participated in the preaching ministry. In like manner, 22 sisters at the Springfield Dominican motherhouse are gathering with Fr. Peter Witchousky, OP, their chaplain, throughout this next year to participate in “Prouille Conversations.” Read more

Volunteers gather for mid-year retreat in Kentucky

During the last weekend of January, including the Feast Day of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Dominican Volunteers had the opportunity to reflect on their call to service before returning for the second half of their ministry year. Graciously hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Peace at their motherhouse in St. Catharine, Kentucky, 13 volunteers gathered for Midyear Retreat in what has been called the “Kentucky Holy Land.” Read more

UN Briefing
Making poverty eradication a global priority

The disastrous effects of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable populations, and the need for funding to support efforts to eradicate poverty, are areas of great concern to the NGO community. This article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP, addresses the connection between climate change and poverty eradication, and examines proposals for financing poverty eradication initiatives. Read more

San Rafael Dominicans
Sister to present at 12th Biennial Colloquium

Sister Marie Sagues, OP will present a session titled “Students, the Arts, and Contemplation” at the 12th Biennial Colloquium of Dominican Colleges and Universities in June at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. The theme of the colloquium is “The Contemplative Vision: Love, Truth and Reality.” For more information about the colloquium, visit their web site.

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Dubuque’s Got Sisters! tour March 30–31

Are you a woman interested in religious life? Then sign up for "Dubuque's Got Sisters!" and get ready for a unique experience. Join Dubuque-area sisters for a 24-hour tour of four convents in Iowa and Wisconsin, and share experiences through praying, dining, and storytelling. Local transportation will be provided, and there is no fee to attend. Read more

Aquinas College
Dominican sister installed as 11th president

Sister Mary Sarah Galbraith, OP (Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia), was installed as the 11th president of Aquinas College during a Mass at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Nashville, Tennessee, on Jan. 28. Read article in Tennessee Register (“Aquinas ‘poised to play important role,’ says bishop”).

Dominican Saints
Thomas Aquinas, Catherine de Ricci

The feast days of two important Dominican saints were recently observed: St. Thomas Aquinas (Jan. 28) and St. Catherine de Ricci (Feb. 4). The friars of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph offer a handy online guide titled “Dominican Saints 101.” Learn more about St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine de Ricci.

Faith and Film
The Artist

The talk of the film year has been the amazing story of a black and white silent film which won the Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last May and opened in late 2011 to critical acclaim in the United States. Now it has won a Golden Globe, and, with 10 Oscar nominations, seems the movie to beat for best picture. It’s been over 80 years since a silent film won the Oscar for best picture, and 18 since a black and white film won. “The Artist” could well make history at the Oscars this year. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Photo of the Week

Sister Dorothea Sondgeroth, OP (Springfield) recently retired as president of St. Dominic Health Services in Jackson, Misissippi. She served in that minsitry for 16 years. From left: Springfield Dominican Sisters Kristin, Rever, OP; Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP; Dorothea; Rose Marie Riley, OP; and Celestine Rondelli, OP.

Previous updates:

    January 25, 2012
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 22. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, February 17.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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Dominican Call to Justice

Read the latest document from the Dominican Justice Promoters of North America (compiled at the Dominican Justice Promoters meeting in October 2011).

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Catholics Vote for the Common Good

Dominican Justice Promoters have been invited to collaborate with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and Network for the Catholics Vote for the Common Good Program. The program encourages conversations around “voting our Catholic values” as we look ahead to the national election in November.

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Maryknoll 100th anniversary

A video of the Maryknoll Sisters’ 100th anniversary Mass celebrated by Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is now available online.

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Immigration reform: Sister quoted in CNS article

Sister Diane Kennedy, OP, vice president of mission and ministry at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, was quoted in a recent Catholic News Service article on immigration reform (“Cardinal urges Catholic college leaders to embrace immigration reform.”)

Read article

Dominican friars vocation weekend

The friars of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph are offering a weekend visit for men interested in learning more about vowed religious life March 30–April 1 at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C.

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Making poverty eradication a global priority

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