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October 17, 2012

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Dominican Sisters’ Conference
First convocation Oct. 4–7 draws 645 sisters, associates

Dominican sisters and associates from across the United States gathered near Chicago, Illinois, Oct. 4–7 for the first Dominican Sisters’ Conference Convocation. The theme was “Edgewalkers: Unfolding the Fertile Unknown.” Sister Ceil Murray, OP (Hope) and Associate Conni Dubick (Peace) reflect on their experience at the convocation. Photo by Sister Aneesah McNamee (Adrian) Read more

Dominican Sisters’ Conference
Congregational leaders meet Oct. 7–8 following convocation

Immediately following the DSC convocation, the Annual Meeting of Elected Leaders took place. Building on the energy that had been generated from the convocation, the follow-up meeting moved forward to planning for the future. As the elected leaders tended to their agenda, they seemed to transition from the role of Edgewalker to that of Hearthtender. While they were inspired to think globally, they were challenged to act locally. Read more

Las Casas
McGreal Center welcomes Las Casas archives

The Las Casas: Dominicans in Ministry with Native Americans, Inc. Board has chosen to collaborate with the McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies to archive the history of Las Casas. The McGreal Center provides a unique opportunity to professionally archive the ministry of Dominicans serving in Native American ministry and make this history available to the Dominican Family as well as Dominican University students. Read more

Adrian Dominicans
Sister Linda inducted into Diocese of Brooklyn Hall of Fame

Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, president of Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, was inducted into the Diocese of Brooklyn Inaugural Hall of Fame on Oct. 10. She is the only woman religious among the initial inductees, which include such public figures as former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, film director Martin Scorcese, and actress Mary Tyler Moore. Sister Linda's roots are in the Diocese of Brooklyn; she was born on Long Island, New York, and attended schools staffed by the Amityville Dominican Sisters and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Brentwood, Long Island. Read more

Dominican Sisters of Houston
Celebrating 130 years of ministry in Texas

On Saturday, Sept. 29, the Dominican Sisters of Houston gathered for their fall meeting and to celebrate 130 years in Texas. Following prayer, Sister Carol Mayes, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, took us back in time as she channeled Mother Mary Agnes Magevney speaking to the sisters in Somerset, Ohio. Mother Mary Agnes met with the sisters to inform them that they had been invited to Galveston by Bishop Gallagher. Twenty sisters boarded a train and arrived four days later in Galveston on shortly before noon Friday, Sept. 29, 1882. Read more

Dominicans Promote Racial Justice in the 21st Century

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, and the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, are collaborating to offer a webcast that will examine the issue of systemic racism. All are invited to participate. The webcast will be streamed live on Monday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Central time. Download flyer

UN Briefing
Observing World Food Day, every day

On Oct. 16, the United Nations observed World Food Day, reminding us to remember not only how to make food choices to foster right relationships with one another, but with the natural world and all of its inhabitants. Please observe World Food Day every day as an opportunity to promote a dialogue about where your food comes from, who cultivates it, its environmental impact, and how you personally can engage in actions toward achieving a more just and sustainable food system. Read article by Kati Garrison, Dominican Volunteer

Shem Center Retreat
‘We the People of God’: Observing the 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Oct. 11 marked the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the the Second Vatican Council (1992 -1995) convened by Blessed Pope John XXIII. “We the People of God,” a day of retreat to observe the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatical Council, will be held Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality in Oak Park, Illinois. Read more

‘Tuning In to God’s Call’ a guide for religious discernment

Fr. Andrew Carl Wisdom, OP, and Sister Christine Kiley, ASCJ, have published a new book that draws from their experiences with real life discerners. The book offers reflections and activities that provide direction and inspire greater peace during the process of discerning a life choice. They first describe the Church’s invitation to make a generous gift of self to God through married life, an intentional single life, priesthood, or religious life. The reflections are arranged by the common stages of discernment journeys and are designed to help the reader move from creating and cultivating a vocational interest to a decision to follow or abandon that interest. The book is available through Ligouri Publications.

Ministry Opportunities
Positions available in Illinois, New York, Virginia

Dominican University (River Forest, Illinois) Department of Theology and Pastoral Ministry invites applications for a full time tenure track position in Scripture at the assistant professor level beginning in Fall 2013. Also, the Maryknoll Sisters (Ossining, New York) are seeking a full time Wellness Center Coordinator, and Dominican Retreat in McLean, Virginia, is looking for an administrator. Read more

Previous updates:

  Sept 26, 2012 Sept 12, 2012
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 31. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, October 26.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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Maryknoll Sisters launch web site for teens

Teen4Mission features an interactive daily calendar during October Mission Month, packed with interesting articles, links to videos, mission-focused games, as well as places where teens themselves can upload their own articles, pictures, and videos about mission and share their thoughts about mission in daily life with other teens.

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Caldwell Dominicans welcome new associates

The Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey, welcomed the following new associates on Sept. 28 with a celebration in the motherhouse chapel: Marie Rose Badaracco-Apolito, MD; Cathy Capiello, Donna Cifelli, Trinity Dilauro, Gloria Friedman, Patricia Lockhart, Luz V. Obias, Christl Pilot, Kathryn Richards, Carol Scheskosky, and Andrei St. Felix.

Religious Life Discernment Retreats

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, California, are offering religious life discernment retreats for single Catholic women ages 18 to 40. Upcoming dates are Oct. 28; Nov. 9–11, and Jan. 18–20, 2013.

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Bibliography of books by Central Province friars

A comprehensive bibliography of books written and/or edited by Dominican friars from the Province of St. Albert the Great is now available in PDF format.

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DSC Executive Committee welcomes Sister Judy Brunell

The Dominican Sisters’ Conference announced the results of the vote to fill an elected leader’s position on the committee. Sister Judy Brunell, OP (Hope) will replace Sister Judy Golden on the committee.

Bridge-Between celebrates 25 years

The Bridge-Between, an ecumenical retreat center, garden and farm in Denmark, Wisconsin, is celebrating 25 years this month. The center's mission is to provide a contemplative place to deepen relationships with God, self, neighbor and creation.

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Observing World Food Day, every day

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