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August 15, 2012

Adrian Dominicans
Dominican Volunteers complete orientation

In true Dominican fashion, 19 young women and men left the Adrian Dominican motherhouse on Aug. 9, the day after the Feast of St. Dominic, to preach the Word to people in need from one U.S. coast to the other. They were the 2012–13 Dominican Volunteers, newly commissioned at the 10:30 a.m. liturgy in St. Catherine Chapel after a week of orientation. This is the largest group of volunteers since Dominican Volunteers USA (DVUSA) was founded in 2001. Read more

Sister Mary Hughes to speak at Press Club lunch Aug. 16

Sister Mary Hughes, OP, prioress of the Amityville Dominican Sisters and past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), will represent LCWR at the National Press Club’s Aug. 16 luncheon in Washington, DC, beginning at 12:50 p.m. EST. Her address and a subsequent question and answer session will be covered on C-Span and will also be webcast. Sister Mary Hughes was also recently interviewed by PBS.

High Schools Preaching Conference
Nearly 100 students participate in 14th annual event

Twenty-five Dominican High Schools participated in the 14th Annual Preaching Conference June 26–July 1 at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan. For six days, 99 students and their mentors immersed themselves into the Dominican charism. This collaborative effort involves the Dominican sisters of Adrian, Amityville, Houston, Mission San Jose, Peace, San Rafael, Sinsinawa, and Springfield, and the Dominican friars of the provinces of St. Albert the Great and St. Martin de Porres, along with the Dominican Volunteers, the National College Preaching in Action Conference, and Dominican Young Adults USA. Read more

Dominican Province of St. Joseph
Four brothers make solemn profession of vows

On Saturday, Aug. 11, four student brothers, Br. Thomas More Garrett, Br. John Maria Devaney, Br. Sebastian White, and Br. Gabriel Joseph Torretta, made their Solemn Profession of Vows in the Priory Chapel of the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The friars will continue their education and formation in Washington as they prepare for eventual ordination as deacons and then as priests. View photos on Dominican Province of St. Joseph web site.

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Associates make, renew commitments

Four ceremonies Aug. 11–12 in Akron, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Great Bend, Kansas; and Oxford, Michigan were filled with proclamations from Dominican Associates of Peace as they committed themselves to the call and the Dominican preaching mission through a life rooted in prayer, study, community, and ministry. View photos from the associate commitment ceremonies on the Dominican Sisters of Peace web site.

Dominican Center at Marywood
Sister artists display work at Marywood Gallery

Several Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan are exhibiting their artwork at the Dominican Center at Marywood in Grand Rapids through Aug. 27. Read more

Journey with Dominic and Catherine of Siena
Tour offered for laity working in Dominican ministries

Sister Mary Driscoll, OP, will lead a tour of France and Italy June 20–30, 2013 designed for laypersons who want to deepen the Dominican charism in the holy places where Dominic and Catherine of Siena lived and preached. The program includes conferences on the life and spirit of Dominic and Catherine, as well as prayer, seminars, group sharing and tours. For more information, e-mail Sister Jeanne Goyette, OP.

Rhineland Mystics July 2013 in Strasbourg, France

Immerse yourself in the spirit of the Rhineland mystics during a retreat and one-day tours July 20–28, 2013 in Strasbourg, France. Learn about Dominican mysticism in the 14th century and visit the cities influenced by the Dominican mystical movement. Make a retreat where the preaching of Meister Eckhart, John Tauler and Henry Suso inspired countless women and men in their search for union with God. Led by Mary Driscoll, OP; Jeanne Goyette, OP; Patricia Gallagher, OP; and Donagh O’Shea, OP. Download brochure or e-mail Sister Jeanne Goyette, OP for more information.

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! More than 600 sisters and associates will attend. 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:

    July 25, 2012
July 11, 2012 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, Aug. 29. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, Aug. 24.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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St. Dominic in the news

The Feast of St. Dominic Aug. 8 was an occasion for several stories in the media about St. Dominic, including “Pope explains St. Dominic’s nine ways of prayer” (Catholic News Agency).

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San Rafael Dominicans launch new web site

The Dominican Sisters of San Rafael have launched a new web site.

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Blauvelt Dominicans celebrate Feast of
St. Dominic

Sisters, associates and friends gathered on Sunday, Aug. 5 to anticipate the celebration of the Feast of Saint Dominic. During the Eucharistic Liturgy, Anthony Lipari made his commitment as an associate for one year; Peggy Pomeroy and Imelda Sobiloff renewed their associate commitments for five years, and candidate, Jennifer Schaaf was received in the novitiate.

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Sister Simone Campbell to speak on ‘Vote for the Common Good’

Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, a national Catholic social justice lobby, will speak on the topic “Vote for the Common Good” from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 23 at Caldwell College, Caldwell, New Jersey, and Nov. 3 at the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt motherhouse, Blauvelt, New York. To register, call 845-359-8893 or e-mail

Friars continue video lecture series

Brothers Joachim Kenney, OP and Raymund Snyder, OP from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph present the following topics: “Is Heaven Real? St. Thomas Aquinas on Seeing God” and “How could Bread be God? St. John of Cologne, Martyr of the Eucharist.”

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

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