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June 13, 2012

Photo of the Week

Amityville Dominican sister professes final vows

In April, Sister Flor de Maria Buruca, OP (Amityville) pronounced her perpetual vows as a Sister of St. Dominic. The Rev. Marvin Navas, CM, a friend of Sister Flor’s, celebrated the Mass. Flor de Maria Buruca is a native of El Salvador who entered the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville in April 2003. Sister Flor has worked in various ministries of service as she studied at Molloy College and became a U.S. citizen. Sister Flor was also instrumental in the building of a chapel for the people of her village in El Salvador. Pictured from left: Sister Mary Hughes OP, prioress, Dominican Sisters of Amityville; Sister Flor de Maria Buruca, OP; and the Rev. Marvin Navas, CM.

Jubilees in June
Sisters celebrate anniversaries of religious life

Dominican sisters across the United States are celebrating anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious this month. Many of the congregations feature stories and photos about their Jubilarians online. We’ve compiled a list of congregations celebrating Jubilees, and links to more information. Read more

College Preaching Conference
Students participate in 10th annual event

During the week of May 22, 35 students from Dominican universities/colleges or colleges with a Dominican presence gathered at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, for the 10th national “Preaching in Action” conference. These young people came together to learn about the Dominican charism of preaching and how that charism can be incorporated into their own lives and passed on to others. Read article by Gina Fleming, OP

Dominican Central Province
Friars bid farewell to priory in River Forest, Illinois

The Dominicans Friars of St. Albert the Great (Central) Province gathered for a "farewell Mass" in the chapel at St. Thomas Aquinas Priory June 10. All theological studies at the old priory in River Forest, Illinois, have been transferred to the new campus in St. Louis, Missouri. More than 150 people attended the final Mass in the historic chapel. Read story, view photos in ElmLeaves (Chicago Sun-Times)

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
Camp Kateri: Summer fun for kids ages 7 to 13

Camp Kateri is a week-long day and overnight summer camp at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center located in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Established in the 1960s, Rosaryville’s youth summer camp continues to offer an exciting and enriching experience for boys and girls ages 7-13. Two one-week sessions are available: June 24-29 and July 22-27. Rosaryville Spirit Life Center is an apostolic ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Read more

Faith and Film
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Most summer movies are targeted to young audiences who are out of school, looking for something to do with their free time. So if the latest superheroes action movie isn’t exactly your cup of tea, it’s good to know that there are at least a few films targeted to “more mature” audiences. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Dominican Retreat and Conference Center
The Windmill offers opportunity for individual retreat

In a world that is constantly in motion, it is difficult to be still. In a world where we are surrounded with noise, it is difficult to be quiet. In a world where so many demands are made of us, it is difficult to receive. Yet we all need a quiet place where we can simply be, can collect our thoughts, and listen to the voice of God speaking within us. The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, New York, offers the Windmill for private, individual retreats. Read more

Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt
Summer rental opportunity: Home of Peace by the Sea

Holy Family Convent, in Ventnor, New Jersey, is available for summer rental. Two weeks in July are available: July 14–21 and July 21–28 (Saturday to Saturday). Cost is $5,500 per week and includes 13 bedrooms that sleep 30 adults, seven full bathrooms with handrails in showers, one half bathroom, two kitchens, washer and dryer, picnic tables, chairs and umbrellas; wrap-around porch with rocking chairs and ocean view, and beach badges. Contact Sister Laura Fitzgerald, 718-293-2390 or Sister Maureen Gibbons, 212-307-5188.

Coming Events
Learn more about summer programs, retreats

Visit DomLife’s Coming Events page for the latest schedule of summer retreats, programs, and educational opportunities. We have been making regular updates to this page, so please check back. If you know of an event and would like to see it published, please send the information to

Dominican Sisters Conference
Registration, Market Place

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:

May 31, 2012 May 16, 2012 May 2, 2012
April 4, 2012 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, June 27. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, June 22.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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G20 Summit: Message from Toni Harris, OP

The G20 heads of government will meet June 18–19 in Mexico. Following are links to a petition in support of the Financial Transaction Tax and a letter campaign sponsored by the Economic Justice Working Group. The Group of Twenty, or G20, includes 19 country members and the European Union. Its purpose is to coordinate financial policy among members to achieve global economic stability.

Link to petition

Link to letter campaign is a collaborative effort of the Dominican Student Brothers of St. Dominic Priory in St. Louis, Missouri. The studium comprises members of the provinces of St. Albert the Great (Central) and St. Martin dePorres (Southern). The community of clerical and lay students studies for the priesthood and future ministry at the Aquinas Institute of Theology.

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Dominican sister appointed to USCCB post

Sister John Mary Fleming, a member of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tennessee, was recently named executive director of the Secretariat of Catholic Education of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Sister John Mary currently serves as the principal of St. Dominic School in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Read story in National Catholic Register

Dominican Cooperator Brother named Academic Fellow

Aquinas College School of Nursing has named Br. Ignatius Perkins, OP, as a fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education, in recognition of his contribution to the field of nursing education. Br. Ignatius is dean of the School of Nursing at Aquinas College. From Dominican Daily.

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World Environment Day is June 5

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Dominican crosses available

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