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.
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
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
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 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.
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
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”).
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 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