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March 7, 2012

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Congregation elects new leadership team

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have elected a new four-person leadership team to a six-year term which takes effect July 1, 2012. The election was held Feb. 26, with nearly 100 sister delegates casting votes for a prioress, vicaress and two councilors. The new team includes Sisters Maureen Geary, OP, prioress; Sandra Delgado, OP, vicaress; Lucianne Siers, OP, councilor; and Mary Ann Barrett, OP, councilor. Read more

Northeast Dominican sisters welcome collaboration promoter

In January 2009, five congregations in the northeastern United States shared their desire to collaborate in order to further Dominican life and mission. The Dominican Sisters of Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope, and Sparkill initially formed a coordinating team composed of two members and one leadership person from each congregation. On Jan. 19 of this year, the Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC) welcomed its new collaboration promoter, Sister Mary Ellen O’Grady (Sinsinawa). Read more

Adrian Dominicans
Prioress gives lecture at Barry University law school

Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters and an attorney, delivered the annual Distinguished Dominican Lecture at Barry University’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law on Feb. 16 in Orlando, Florida. She challenged the students, faculty, staff and administration to be a “school of public service” and to stand for justice with the oppressed. Read more

Sister in the News
St. Francis Center serves families in ‘volatile’ neighborhood

A recent article in Catholic San Francisco featured an interview with Sister Christina Heltsley, OP (Sinsinawa), executive director of the St. Francis Center of Redwood City, California, which provides housing, food, clothing and education to help families in need in the area. The San Mateo County deputy sheriff describes Sister Christina’s work as “powerful for the community,” which is plagued by gang violence. Read article

UN Briefing
Group works to raise awareness of plight of rural women

The Working Group on Girls wanted girls from around the world to participate in the UN advocacy process Feb. 26–March 7 as part of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women. The Dominican Leadership Conference invited two students from Saint John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, New York to participate. Read article by Dominican Volunteer Alex Sajben.

Las Casas
Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha to be first Native American saint

The Vatican recently announced the approval of the canonization of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha. The canonization ceremony will be celebrated on Oct. 21 (World Mission Sunday) at the Vatican. Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, known as the “Lily of the Mohawks,” was born in 1656. She is the patroness of the Tekakwitha Conference, the only Catholic Native American/Aboriginal Religious Organization in North America. Read article by Diane Poplawski, OP

Marywood offers tour of sacred places in England, Scotland

The Dominican Center at Marywood, a ministry of Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids in Michigan, is sponsoring a tour of England and Scotland, with a focus on the history of Celtic spirituality and mysticism. This 11-day trip, hosted by Sisters Nancy Brousseau, OP and Diane Zerfas, OP, will leave Chicago on Oct. 21 and return to Chicago on Oct. 31. Read more

Wisdom House offers summer retreat on Meister Eckhart

“Meister Eckhart: A Prophet for Our Age” is scheduled for Aug. 10–17 at Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. This retreat, led by the Rev. Ward Bauman, will explore Eckhart's teaching through his mystical works. Read more

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.


Previous updates:

February 22, 2012 February 8, 2012 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, March 21. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, March 16.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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40 Days with the Least

The Marianists have developed a creative Lenten Program featuring 40 days and 40 Least Developed Countries. This program presents a rich opportunity
to learn about people living in poverty and the health challenges they
face in various countries around the world.



International Women’s Day is March 8

The Dominican Justice Promoters offer links to prayers for International Women’s Day.

Link to prayers

Sister Toni Harris, OP, Justice and Peace Promoter for Dominican Sisters International, offers a reflection for International Women’s Day on Vatican Radio.


St. Dominic Priory open house March 25

The newly renovated St. Dominic Priory and Studium in St. Louis, Missouri, will open its doors to the Dominican Family for an open house on March 25. An open house for the public will be held April 22.

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Group works to raise awareness of plight of rural women

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