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April 4, 2012

Dominican Sisters Conference
2012 May Gift Sharing

The annual Gift Sharing for the Dominican Sisters Conference is underway! A gift will be drawn each day in May. You have more than 30 chances to win great gifts donated by Dominicans all over the country, and your ticket purchase supports the mission of the Dominican Sisters Conference. Tickets are $10 each or three for $25. Download Gift Sharing brochure

Maryknoll Sisters of St Dominic
Centennial Symposium: Hearts on Fire is April 20–21

The Maryknoll Sisters are hosting a free symposium on religious life and mission in the 21st century. “Hearts on Fire” will be held April 20–21 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, New York. Keynote speakers include Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ; Melinda Roper, MM; and Joanne (Jaruko) Doi, MM. You may participate in person or via live webcast. Read more

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sisters sponsor keynote by ‘The New Jim Crow’ author

The Sinsinawa Dominican Antiracism Transformational Team and Restorative Justice Committee is helping to sponsor an appearance by Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Alexander will speak at the Policy and Practice Symposium at the University of St. Francis, Joliet, Illinois, on April 12. This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit the university web site. The Policy and Practice Symposium also has a Facebook page.

Shem Center
Spring concert marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Vatican II by dedicating its annual spring concert to Angelo Roncalli. The April 15 concert will include classical music and children’s storytelling, and benefits the peacemaking mission of the Shem Center. For more information, visit or e-mail Br. Joseph Kilikevice, OP, at

Dominican Center at Marywood
Women and the Word is June 11–15

In celebration of the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Dominican Order, Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Michigan, presents a week-long conference and retreat for women, men, preachers, hearers and doers of the Word. Presenters include Barbara Reid, OP; Amy-Jill Levine, PhD, and Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP. Read more

Dominican Alliance
Houston sisters host Eco-Justice Committee meeting

On March 15, members of the Dominican Alliance Eco-Justice Committee traveled to Houston for their semi-annual meeting. The theme of the meeting was “Alternate Journey: A Climate for Change.” Read article by Ceil Roeger, OP

In Memoriam
Kevin O’Rourke, OP, was renowned bioethicist

Fr. Kevin O’Rourke, OP died March 28 at the age of 85. He was professor emeritus and former director of the Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics at the Medical Center at Saint Louis University. In 2004, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Health Association of St. Louis. An obituary was posted on the Saint Louis University web site. Fr. Kevin was also featured in a column on, in the Chicago Sun-Times and on

OPeration Haiti
Priest leads group on mission to mountain villages

Fr. Thomas Petri, OP, of the Theology Department at Providence College, traveled to the mountain villages of Duverger and Dandann in Haiti to do missionary work in March. He was accompanied by Prof. Paul Gondreau, also of the Theology Department at Providence College. Their group of missionaries spent their days visiting with Haitian orphans and with the villagers. View photo slideshow Several students and faculty at Providence College also participated in other mission trips as an “Alternative Spring Break.” Read more

Racine Dominicans
Sisters recognized for community improvement efforts

The Racine County (Wisconsin) Board recognized the Racine Dominican Sisters for their role in community improvement, honoring them for Women’s History Month in March. Among other projects, the Racine Dominican Sisters sponsor Rooted in Hope, an eco-justice center on their property that includes an education center and hermitage, and offers tours, field trips, and ecology camps. Read more

Friar in the News
Br. Matthew Carroll, OP, featured in diocesan newspaper

The Catholic Herald, the official newspaper of the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, recently interviewed Matthew Carroll, OP, a 28-year-old native of Manassas, Virginia, about his vocation to religious life. Br. Matthew was ordained a deacon earlier this year and hopes to be ordained a priest in May 2013. From Dominican Daily. Read more

Dominican Province of St. Joseph
Friars lead pilgrims in Seven Church Walk

On Saturday, March 31, more than 100 young adults from Washington, D.C.; Virginia, and Maryland participated in the annual Seven Church Walk through downtown D.C. Among the pilgrims were contingents of brothers from the Dominican House of Studies and of seminarians from the Blessed John Paul II Seminary of the Archdiocese of Washington. From Dominican Daily. Read more/view photos

Justice for Palestine
Briefing by Hanan Ashrawi

Hanan Ashrawi, member of the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization and member of the Palestinian Legislative Council, recently briefed the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People on the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and latest developments in the political process. This information was shared by the Dominican Justice Promoters. Watch video of briefing

Faith and Film

“Undefeated” is this year’s Oscar winner for best documentary. It recounts the 2009 football season of Manassas High School, located in an impoverished Memphis neighborhood. It had been many years since Manassas had had a winning football team, and it had never won a playoff game. This was about to change. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Dominican Sisters Conference
Registration, Market Place tables

Register now for the first annual Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) Convocation 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.” The convocation will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4, and will close Sunday, Oct. 7 at noon. To download registration materials (PDF 1.6 MB), click on the graphic or click here.

The Market Place is an opportunity for promoters of preaching, justice, young adult groups, eco-farmers, artists, bakers, booksellers and other special groups or vendors to promote their programs, products or services. Download Market Place application form (MS Word document). Download Market Place flyer (PDF)

Previous updates:

  March 21, 2012 March 7, 2012
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, April 18. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, April 13.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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Order of Preachers launches new web site

The Order of Preachers announces a new “more dynamic, interactive and effective” web site.

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Blog: Information, Ecstasy and Lent

A reflection by a student brother from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. From Dominicana, a daily blog by the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC.

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Summer camp with Houston Dominicans

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Dominican Sisters of Houston’s summer camp for girls in Pinehurst, Texas. The summer session is July 8–14 and enrollment is limited.

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A Roman Way of the Cross

Sister Toni Harris, OP, Justice and Peace Promoter for Dominican Sisters International, describes a "contemporary" way of the cross on Vatican Radio.


Lenten reflections

Fr. Ferrer Quigley, OP, continues his series of video reflections on the virtues of Lent (compassion, love, faith, humility, forgiveness and gratitude) on the Providence College YouTube channel. From Dominican Daily.

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New app: iDoms Portal

The Friars from St. Joseph Province and the Province of Ireland have created a new App suitable for both the iPhone/iTouch and the iPad. The new App is called iDoms Portal and is available in the iTunes App Store. From Dominican Daily.

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Two-day workshop for priests, deacons

Aquinas Institute of Theology offers a workshop June 6–7 titled “To Practice What We Preach: Hearing, Proclaiming, and Being the Living Word of God.” The session is presented by Fr. Gregory Heille, OP, DMin. To register or for more information, call 800-977-3869 or 314-256-8806, or -e-mail

ODU offers summer Medieval Latin program

Ohio Dominican University is offering a special summer program in Medieval and Ecclesiastical Latin, taught by Dr. Matthew Ponesse, OPA. Deadline to apply is May 1.

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Dominican NGO news from a visiting correspondent

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