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September 26, 2012

Photo of the Week

Dominican volunteers in the Bronx, New York, enjoying papusas and good company. From left: Margaret Knows the Ground, Katie Garrison, Teresa Roll, Cynthia Velaquez and Ann Connolly, OP (Blauvelt). Photo by Alexandra Sajben

Dominican Sisters Conference
Sister Honora Nolty elected to executive committee

Sister Honora Nolty, OP (Amityville), has been elected by the members of the Dominican Sisters Conference to be their member-at-large representative to the executive committee. She will become a member of the executive committee effective Oct. 1. Sister Honora currently serves as assistant director of RENEW International. Read more

Springfield Dominicans
Rosary High School celebrates 50 years

A recent article in The Observer, the newspaper of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, Illinois, featured Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois. The high school, founded by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield in 1962, held a Jubilee celebration Mass on Sept. 9. Read story

Dominican House of Studies
Dominican brothers welcome new master of students

Fr. Andrew Hofer, OP, has been appointed as the master of students at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. A native of Kansas, Fr. Andrew professed solemn vows as a Dominican in 2000 and was ordained a priest in 2002. He previously ministered as a priest in Rhode Island and also taught in Kenya, Africa, for two years. Read more

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Edgewood College dedicates new visual and theater arts center

Edgewood College, a Sinsinawa Dominican sponsored institution, dedicated The Stream, a new visual and theatre arts center, on Sept. 22. Events included an open house featuring music, tours of studio and classroom spaces, a performance of The COR Stories, the first work presented in The Black Box, the new theater, and the exhibition “Ernest Hupeden: Beyond the Forest,” in the Edgewood College Gallery. Read more

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Anne Knight welcomed as new candidate

On Sunday, Sept. 23, the Dominican Sisters of Peace held a Rite of Entrance ceremony for Anne Knight, welcoming her as a new candidate to their congregation of Catholic sisters. As a candidate, Anne will continue on a path of prayer and discernment, determining whether she will eventually make vows as a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. In this year of candidacy, she will live with a local community of sisters, participate in their shared life of prayer, study, and service, and continue to learn more about the joys and struggles of being a Dominican Sister. Read more

UN Briefing
Setting goals to foster sustainable human development

The 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly opened on Sept. 18. The key topics to be discussed include climate change and sustainable development. This past June, the RIO + 20 Earth Summit issued a final outcome document that, among other things, calls upon the United Nations to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to complement and expand upon the Millennium Development Goals. These SDGs are expected to set goals and targets needed to facilitate progress in human development in balance with planetary limits. Read article by Margaret Mayce, OP

Adrian Dominicans
Prioress to receive St. Thomas More Award

Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, will receive the prestigious St. Thomas More Award from the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, during the guild’s annual banquet on Oct. 1. Judge Lisa K. Gigliotti will present the St. Thomas More Award to Sister Attracta in recognition of her tireless efforts to shield children and adults from human trafficking, to protect women from violence, and to advocate for immigrants in need of asylum. Read more

College Preaching Conference
One student’s reflection on her experience

Sister Gina Fleming, OP, says people often ask her how attending the College Preaching Conference affects the participants. Are they enlightened about the whole concept of being “Dominican”? Do you think it has any affect on their lives or is it a one-shot deal that is exciting for the time they are participating, but gradually wears off with time? In response, Sister Gina has shared the following reflection from one of the students from Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, who participated in this year's conference. Read reflection

Dominican Monastery of St. Jude
Sister Mary Jordan makes solemn profession of vows

On Aug. 18, Sr. Mary Jordan of the Holy Family, OP made her solemn profession at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude in Marbury, Alabama in the presence of Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi, Archbishop of Mobile; Archbishop Emeritus Oscar H. Lipscomb, Dominican friars and sisters, diocesan clergy, friends, family and her Dominican community. The community in Marbury, founded in 1944, currently numbers eight nuns (including one postulant and one novice) ranging in age from 19 to 86. Read story, view photos on Dominican Province of St. Joseph web site

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Dominican Days at Marywood

“With Hearts Inflamed” was the theme for this year’s Dominican Days at Marywood. About 275 sisters and associates were in attendance, with an ambitious agenda that included a reflection on
the legacy of Vatican II from former prioresses, who have guided the congregation through the 50 years that have followed the opening of the Ecumenical Council. The gathering included reflection on the 2012 chapter direction statement and culminated in recognition of the 20th year of Associate Life and the annual salute to Jubilarians. Read story, view photos from InWord

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. 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) or e-mail Sister Mary Ellen O’Grady.

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August 29, 2012 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, October 17. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, October 12.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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DSC Convocation

More than 600 sisters and associates are registered to attend the first Dominican Sisters Conference Oct. 4–7 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.

For the latest information about the convocation, visit the DSC web site

Webcast Nov. 12: Dominicans Promote Racial Justice

The preaching continues… Join the webcast event on Monday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Central time.

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Las Casas newsletter

Las Casas, Dominicans in Ministry with Native Americans, has posted its latest newsletter. Read more about the work of Las Casas, and visit their booth at the upcoming DSC convocation. The board of Las Casas includes Marilyn Winter, OP (Adrian); Diane Poplawski, OP (Racine); Kateri Mitchell, SSA (Sister of St. Ann); Mary Therese Johnson, OP (Sinsinawa); Charlotte Rebbe, OP (Springfield); and Barbara Bogenschutz, OP (Springfield).

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Aquinas Institute honors bishop

Aquinas Institute of Theology will honor the Most Reverend J. Terry Steib, SVD, bishop of the Catholic diocese of Memphis, as the 2012 recipient of its annual Great Preacher Award. Aquinas Institute began presenting the Great Preacher Award in 1995 to recognize those who by their words and actions have contributed in an outstanding way to the building up of the Catholic community.

Read article in St. Louis American

Fall programs at Dominican Center at Marywood

The Dominican Center at Marywood, a retreat and conference center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has posted its fall offerings.

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Setting goals to foster sustainable human development

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