Dominican Life USA
the Word
Today's News
Coming Events

being Dominican
Preachers Resources
Justice and Peace
Faith and Film
Groups and Organizations
Latin America
Recent Books

Practical Planet

Can't open PDF
format files? Click on the link below and download the latestAdobe Reader. It is safe, secure and free. Honest.
Adobe Reader

August 29, 2012

Photo of the Week

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Lay ‘partners in mission’ attend conference at Sinsinawa

This summer, 25 lay faculty and administrators from nine Sinsinawa Dominican sponsored ministries attended “Heart of Our Dominican Identity: Truth, Passion, and Joy―A Conference for Partners in Mission” at Sinsinawa Mound. Read more

Above: Sister Laurie Brink, Tara Suchland from Trinity High School, and Sister Priscilla Wood share a light moment at the Dominican Identity Conference.

Lay Dominicans in the News
Salt Lake City chapter celebrates profession of vows

The Intermountain Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, Utah, recently published a story on the St. Catherine of Siena Chapter of the Lay Dominicans. Read story

Dominican Institute for the Arts
Dominican artists participate in annual gathering

The Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) held its annual Gathering July 25–28 at St. Albert Priory in Oakland, Calif. Twenty-seven Dominican artists from the United States and England gathered where DIA began 16 years ago. The group honored Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP (Adrian) with the Fra Angelico Award, and Sister Janice Holkup, OP (Adrian) and Dominican Associate Carol O’Connor, OPA, with Spirit Recognition. Read more

UN Briefing
Nuclear weapons are roadblock to global peace and security

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has called for U.N. member states and civil society to re-affirm commitments to nuclear disarmament, and to ensure that this common end is reflected in national budgets, plans and institutions. An op-ed article written by the Secretary-General stresses the absolute necessity of disarmament. He states that “massive military spending and new investments in modernizing nuclear weapons have left the world over-armed—and peace under-funded.” Read more

Mount Saint Mary College
Cardinal Dolan celebrates Mass, opening Aquinas workshop

Cardinal Timothy Dolan visited Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, this summer to celebrate mass preceding a four-day philosophy workshop of international scholars. Eighty five scholars attended the philosophy workshop, titled “Thomas Aquinas and the Mind/Body Problem.” Read more

Caravan for Peace
Mexican Dominicans travelling from California to D.C.

The Dominican Family Justice and Peace Commission in Mexico wrote a letter to the Dominican family in the United States, seeking solidarity with their Caravan for Peace, which began Aug. 12 and continues through Sept. 12. Participants in the caravan are family members of victims of violence in Mexico. The caravan will be hosted by U.S. Dominicans at several locations throughout the U.S. More photos and information about the caravan will be posted in the Sept. 12 DomLife update. Read letter

Mariandale Retreat Center
Sister Nancy Murray to perform as Catherine of Siena

Sister Nancy Murray, OP (Adrian) will perform “Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times” at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14 at Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining, New York, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Sister Nancy wrote the two-hour, one-woman show at the behest of the Dominican Leadership Conference in 2000, and has been performing it for the past 12 years. Read more

Vote for the Common Good
Northeast Dominican sisters host Sister Simone Campbell

The Northeast Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC) will host Sister Simone Campbell, SSS from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23 at Caldwell College and also from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Blauvelt Dominicans motherhouse. Sister Simone, director of NETWORK (a national Catholic social justice lobby), will lead an exploration into the topic “Vote for the Common Good.” The events and parking are free, but seating is limited. Early registration is encouraged. Download registration form (PDF), e-mail Sister Mary Ellen O’Grady, or call Sister Peggy Ryan at 973-403-3331 ext. 46.

Maryknoll Sisters
Documentary ‘Trailblazers in Habits’ premieres Oct. 28

Trailblazers in Habits,” a 90-minute film documenting the pioneer work of Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious dedicated to foreign mission, will have its New York premiere on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St. Award-winning director Nancy Tong, an alumna of Maryknoll School, Hong Kong, is contributing all the proceeds from the film to the Maryknoll Sisters. Read more

Adrian Dominicans
House of Discernment for Women opens in New Orleans

The Archdiocese of New Orleans and the congregations of women religious serving there—including the Adrian Dominican Sisters—are offering women a home where they can discern God’s call in their lives. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans blessed the Magnificat House of Discernment for Women on Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Read more

Wisdom House Retreat Center
Vatican II anniversary program offered Sept. 28–29

Wisdom House Retreat Center and the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University are co-sponsoring “Vatican II: An Unexpected Revolution” Sept. 28–29. at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut. The program begins with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday and concludes at 2:30 pm Saturday. The program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by exploring its purpose and legacy. Presenters include Maureen Sullivan, OP, PhD; Paul Lakeland, PhD; and the Most Rev. Peter A. Rosazza, D.D. For more information, call 860-567-3163 or visit

Dominican Sisters Conference
Registration continues

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.

Previous updates:

  August 15, 2012 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, September 12. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, September 7.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

Click here for more information

Sister Mary Hughes addresses National Press Club

Sister Mary Hughes, OP, prioress of the Amityville Dominican Sisters and past president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), spoke at the National Press Club’s Aug. 16 luncheon in Washington, DC. A video of her talk is available on C-SPAN.

View video

Come and See Weekend Nov. 9–11

Consider participating in a discernment weekend exploring God's call in your life. Join the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, for the next Come and See Weekend, Nov. 9–11, 2012. Meet the sisters, share faith and life with us and discover the depth of the charism of Dominican life. For more information, e-mail or call Sister Durstyne Farnan, OP, 517-266-3537.

Friar appointed president of Donum Dei Foundation

Friar Neal McDermott of New Orleans has been appointed president of the Donum Dei Foundation. He will oversee the contribution of large grants to Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, Angelicum in Rome, Ave Maria University in Florida and Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans. Fr. Neal previously served as executive director of Religious Formation for the Archdiocese of New Orleans from 2000–2011.

Review for Religious available online

The complete collection of Review for Religious, from 1942 to January 2012, documents the changes that took place in religious life over a span of 70 years. The collection is available online through St. Louis University.

Visit site

Canonization of first Native American saint

Sister Marilyn Winter, OP, a member of the Las Casas board, will represent Las Casas at the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha Oct. 21 in Rome. She will assist Kateri Mitchell, SSA (executive director of the Tekakwitha Conference and Las Casas board member) with the canonization celebrations.

Nuclear weapons are roadblock for global peace and security

Making text larger

To enlarge text on a PC, use the keyboard shortcut: Control + (push and hold the Control key and then push the + key). To reduce the size of text, do the same thing using the Control - (minus) keys.

Dominican crosses available

Cost is $27 plus shipping. Contact