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July 11, 2012

Photo of the Week

Nuns on the Bus

NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby, and its executive director, Sister Simone Campbell, have made national headlines lately with their Nuns on the Bus campaign, a nine-state tour which concluded in Washington, DC, July 2. The Nuns on the Bus visited Catholic social service agencies and offices of members of Congress, promoting awareness of Catholic sisters’ ministries to the economically poor, and advocating for a “moral” federal budget.

Above: The Dominican Sisters of Peace joined a Columbus, Ohio rally in support of the effort. Read more

Nuns on the Bus rally in Columbus" (story by WOSU-FM Columbus NPR News)

The Nuns on the Bus also visited ministries and motherhouses of the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Adrian and Sinsinawa Read more

Photo by WOSU-FM Columbus NPR News Reporter Mandie Trimble; reprinted with permission

Springfield Dominicans
Faith Camp 2012

Seventeen girls who will be entering grades 6–9 attended the 2012 Dominican Faith Camp held at Sacred Heart Convent July 1–3. Sponsored by the Springfield Dominican Sisters, the camp offers a mix of prayer time, recreational activities and opportunities to meet the sisters and get a glimpse of religious life. Read more

UN Briefing
Reflection on my time at the UN

When I first applied for this ministry position, I wrote that a sense of hope is essential for working towards long-term change. I laughed when I pulled out my admissions essay this week, because those words were more prophetic than I had realized… While it’s obviously not possible to solve the world’s problems in a year, I did try to contribute my small portion to the global fight for social justice during my volunteer term. Read article by Alexandra Sajben

Sisters offer Come and See weekend retreats

Do you need a weekend that explores the sacred art of finding your way? Why not take some time away as an opportunity to discover more deeply God’s call? Join the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Adrian, Michigan, for a “Come and See” weekend Aug. 3–5. More info The Dominican Sisters of Peace will sponsor a “Come and See Retreat” Aug. 31–Sept. 3 in Akron, Ohio, that offers single women, ages 18–45, an occasion to learn more about the life and ministry of the sisters while sharing, meeting and having fun with other women who are also discerning God’s call in their lives. More info

Maryknoll Centennial
Award-winning Filipino glee club serenades sisters

Young women from Miriam College High School in the Philippines serenaded the Maryknoll Sisters July 2 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center near Ossining, New York. Maryknoll Sisters founded the high school in Manila 85 years ago. The concert was part of the congregation’s centennial celebration. The MCHS glee club is currently in Cincinnati, competing in the World Choir Games. Read more

Grand Rapids Dominicans
New leaders take office, prioresses gather for photo

The Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids have a new leadership team, elected in February, whose six-year term of service was effective July 1. The new team includes Sister Maureen Geary, prioress; Sister Sandra Delgado, vicaress; and Sisters Mary Ann Barrett and Lucianne Siers councilors. Also, a recent event provided an opportunity for a photographer to capture 45 years of Grand Rapids Dominican prioress leadership in one sitting. Read more

Racine Dominicansx
Eco-Justice campers learn to live by the 8 Rs

Located off 6 Mile Road in Racine, Wisconsin, lies a unique destination, the Racine Dominican Sisters’ Ecology Center for Justice. The “Eco-J Center,” as it is called by those who know it as home, is a center for education, conservation, and sustainability. These values sprout from the 8 Rs, which are the roots of this great foundation: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle, Reverence, Respect, Responsibility, Rethink, and Repair. Read more

Faith and Film
Moonrise Kingdom

The latest film from the quirky independent filmmaker Wes Anderson (“The Royal Tannenbaums,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox”), “Moonrise Kingdom” takes us back to a small New England town in the summer of 1965. “Moonrise Kingdom” is beautiful to look at, with a cast of likeable actors, yet when I left the theater, I wasn’t sure what I was supposed to make of it. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

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:

  June 27, 2012 June 13, 2012
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, July 25. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, July 20.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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International Dominican Foundation

In June, Michael Demkovich, OP, formally began his duties as the new president of the International Dominican Foundation. Read more about the work of the foundation in their latest newsletter.

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Marian Catholic High School in the news

Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois,was recently featured as part of a survey of private high schools in the Chicago Tribune. The school is sponsored by the Springfield Dominican Sisters.

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Video interview with Cardinal Schönborn

His Eminence Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, OP, was interviewed by Kindly Light Media recently at the Dominican Church of Saint Vincent Ferrer in New York City where he celebrated the Vigil Mass of Saints Peter and Paul. The Cardinal spoke of his calling to the priesthood and his vocation to the Order of Preachers. From Dominican Daily.

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Reflection on my time at the UN by Dominican Volunteer Alexandra Sajben

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