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October 31, 2012

Photos of the Week

Dominican Alliance
Eco-Justice Committee meets in Wisconsin

The Eco-justice Committee of the Dominican Alliance met at the Bridge-Between Retreat Center in Denmark, Wisconsin, to begin the groundwork for designing their next program for presentations at motherhouses across the Midwest and beyond. Read more

Above: on the stairs of the silo. From top left: Sharon Zayac, OP (Springfield); Marguerite Chandler, OP (Peace); Mary Vuong, OP (Peace); Rose Marie Dischler, OP (Racine); Paula Marie Jarosz, OP (Racine); Ceil Roeger, OP (Houston); Anita Cleary, OP (Springfield); Jane Belanger, OP (Peace); Julia Mohr, OP (Sinsinawa); Mary Navarre, OP (Grand Rapids); Caroline Sullivan, OP (Sinsinawa).

Racine Dominicans
Sisters, associates volunteer with Habitat for Humanity

In conjunction with the congregation’s 150th anniversary celebration, Racine Domincan Sisters and Associates worked with Habitat for Humanity in the rehabilitation of two houses during the week of Oct. 15. View more photos

Election Day 2012
Maryknoll statement: Sustainable peace, security for all

As the United States approaches the 2012 presidential and congressional elections, Maryknoll missioners recognize that people around the world are interconnected as never before. While Maryknoll is based in the U.S., Maryknoll Sisters, Fathers, Brothers and Lay Missioners work in over 30 countries, in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Guided by Gospel values and the Social Teachings of the Church, we encourage candidates to address the central issues that affect not only people who reside in this country but also the billions of sisters and brothers with whom we share this Earth. Read more

Racine Dominicans
Sister Pat joins peace delegation to Pakistan

Sister Pat Chaffee, OP, participated in the Code Pink peace delegation to Pakistan Oct. 3–11 to protest drone warfare. The delegation’s 500-vehicle convoy wound through mountains from Islamabad to a village near Waziristan; 100,000 Pakistani civilians joined them in a rally. Read Sister Pat’s personal account of her experience on the Racine Dominicans’ web site. The October issue of JustWord, published by the Grand Rapids Dominicans, also features an article questioning the legality of drone missile use.

New DVDs are resource for vocation discernment

Sister Jeanne Harris, OP (Mission San Jose), a member of the Wordnet Productions team, announces the completion of two new DVDs promoting consecrated life. “Parenting Vocation” presents a JS Paluch panel of parents of religious priests, brothers, and sisters explaining their journey supporting their son or daughter (including Dominican women and men). “Called to Love,” the first sequel to “Jesus Calls Women,” presents consecrated celibacy by Sandra Schneiders, IHM, and a variety of women’s congregations, including Springfield and Sinsinawa Dominicans. 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. To participate in the web cast: Go to Click on LIVE EVENTS TAB. Click WATCH to join the webcast. To respond during the webcast, there are two options: email or chat. Email: Chat: At the beginning of the webcast, click CHAT. You will be prompted to create a user account with email and password. Fill in personal and account info only. Join us in continuing the preaching of Montesinos! Download flyer

Dominican Laity
New web site is resource for vocation discernment

Lanie LeBlanc, OP (Southern Dominican Laity, USA) has developed a new web site,, that offers free Dominican formation materials. Why Dominican? was designed as a two-year initial formation program consistent with the approved formation topics of the Southern Dominican Lay Province. Lanie also invites all Dominicans to participate in a collaborative Word Cloud project by answering the question, “As a Dominican, how do you live your passion for preaching?” Read more

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Congregation leaders meet with education leaders

The Dominican Sisters of Peace Leadership Team met Oct. 18–19 at Ohio Dominican University with the leaders and board chairs of the congregaton’s sponsored education ministries (three colleges and four K–12 schools). Prioress Sister Margaret Ormond, OP, addressed the group and challenged them to consider their responsibilities in light of the Dominican Sisters’ mission to preach, build, and be peace through their lives and work. Read more

Faith and Film

“Argo,” my first movie of the fall season, is a great success. It’s a suspenseful, and at times surprisingly funny, movie that tells an previously unknown story behind a historical event. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

October 17, 2012 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 Friday, November 16. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, November 9.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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Voter resource guide

The Adrian Dominican Justice Promoters have compiled a comprehensive list of online resources and links for discerning voters.

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New Dominican laity

On Oct. 7 at St. Dominic's Parish in Denver, Colorado, Danny Medina, OP; Dolores Vigil, OP; Darlene Kaski, OP; and Leo Fua, OP made their final profession as Dominican Laity in the Province of St. Albert the Great, after completing a four-year formation program. Learn more about the Denver Chapter of Lay Dominicans at the link below.

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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 Nov. 9–11 in Fremont and Jan. 25–27, 2013, in Southern California.

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DVUSA newsletter

Read the latest news from Dominican Volunteers USA.

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CDN blog

Read the latest news from the four novices at the Common Dominican Novitiate

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