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December 19, 2012

‘We have much for which to pray during this Christmas season’
Creating a culture of peace

“As we enter a season of joy and peace, we are confronted with the unimaginable tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. The ever-present reality of a culture of violence remains with us… We have much for which to pray during this Christmas season.” The Dominican Sisters of Peace offer a reflection by Sister Judy Morris, OP, and a prayer for peace by Sister Joanne Caniglia, OP. Read more

Photo of the Week

Congregations Merge
Dominican Sisters of Peace, St. Catherine de' Ricci are one

On Saturday, Dec. 15, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de’ Ricci officially became members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a ceremony held in Columbus, Ohio, and webcasted to viewers throughout the world. Read more

A presentation of a “treasure box” by outgoing de’ Ricci President Sister Anne Lythgoe, OP (left) to Dominican Sisters of Peace Prioress Sister Margaret Ormond, OP, symbolized the gifts the de’ Ricci sisters bring to the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Advent Reflection
Dominican volunteer: ‘Advent is the Season of Waiting’

Dominican volunteer Rachel Mustain has published a reflection on Advent in Dominican Disputatio, the Dominican Volunteers USA blog. Rachel currently volunteers in San Francisco, California, at Immaculate Conception Academy, a Cristo Rey high school sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Read more

Aquinas Institute of Theology
Fr. David Caron, OP, appointed as president

Aquinas Institute of Theology recently announced the appointment of Fr. David G. Caron, OP, as president. The appointment was made by the Provincial Council of the Province of St. Albert the Great (Central Province). In making the appointment, the council accepted the recommendation of the Aquinas Institute Board of Trustees. Fr. Caron, a Dominican of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province), has been serving Aquinas Institute as acting president since August of this year. Read more

UN Briefing
Recommit to the pursuit of peace and justice

This past September, I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana… While there, I had a chance to see a good bit of the country, and was taken with both the poverty all around, and the beauty of the people. As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, I offer you these few photographs. These children of Ghana in some way symbolize the importance of the work we try to do here at the United Nations, as we advocate on behalf of human rights, and respect for the integrity of Earth. Read article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville)

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Edgewood College honors sisters, professor

Edgewood College held its 23rd Annual Heritage Celebration Nov. 5 on campus at St. Joseph Chapel. The two recipients of this year’s Mazzuchelli Medallion were Art Professor Bob Tarrell and the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa. They were awarded for cultivating personal, professional, intellectual, and spiritual resources to empower others and for a commitment to teaching and preaching through the arts. Sister Priscilla Wood, OP, preached at the ceremony, and Sister Mary Howard Johnstone, OP, accepted the Mazzuchelli Medallion on behalf of the congregation. Read more

30th Annual Aquinas Lecture
Sandra Keating to speak on Catholic/Muslim relations

Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis has announced that Dr. Sandra Keating, STL, will present the 30th annual Aquinas Lecture, titled “Toward the True and Holy: Catholic Engagement with Islam Today,” on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013, at 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier (College) Church in St. Louis. Responding to Dr. Keating’s presentation will be Ghazala Hayat, MD. Fifty years after the Second Vatican Council, the dialogue between Catholicism and Islam continues to bear fruit towards genuine understanding and mutual regard. Read more

SOA Watch 2012
Dominicans join peace activists at Fort Benning

The weekend of Nov. 16–19, Dominicans, along with family members, students and friends from across the United States, joined other peace activists at the annual SOA Watch vigil held in front of the gates at Ft. Benning, Georgia. This vigil, which began in 1990, calls for the closing of the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, formerly known as the School of the Americas. Read article by Sister Ceil Roeger, OP (Houston)

Dominican sisters, associates offer “Water Witness”

Earlier this year, the Eco-Justice Committee of the Dominican Sisters of Peace put together a study, prayer, and reflection packet on the subject of water. “Water Witness”provides an awareness raising opportunity that challenges us to examine the hidden costs of water, reflect from a Third World perspective, view photos, and journal. Read more

Happy Holidays
Ideas for Dominican gift giving

The Dominican Family includes many talented visual, literary and culinary artisans. Why not consider giving a gift from the heart and hands of a Dominican this year? This is a great way to support Dominican ministries while you cross items off your holiday shopping list. Here are some links to get you started. We welcome other suggestions; please send to Read more

Faith and Film
Anna Karenina

Director Joe Wright and actress Keira Knightly have teamed together on two lush romantic movies: “Pride and Prejudice” (2005) and “Atonement” (2007.) Once more, they collaborate on the adaptation of a romantic movie based on a famous novel: Leo Tolstoy’s “Anna Karenina.” This time Wright has decided to try a unique approach to the adaptation. Read review by Tom Condon, OP.

Previous updates:

December 5, 2012 November 16, 2012 October 31, 2012
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 Wednesday, Jan. 16. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, Jan. 11. Wishing you peace and joy this holiday season.


500th Anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas

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The Hobbit’s Guide
to the Spiritual Life

“J.R.R. Tolkien imbued meaning and purpose into his literary work. The world of The Hobbit is not a world of random chance where anything goes; in fact nothing could be further from the truth.” By Brother Patrick Mary Briscoe, OP (from Dominicana).

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Band of Sisters film:
Dubuque premiere

Dubuque’s Mindframe Theaters and Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, will host the Dubuque area premiere of “Band of Sisters,” a documentary film about the remarkable journey of Catholic sisters in the United States from sheltered “daughters of the church” to citizens of the world. Screenings will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11 and Saturday, Jan. 12, at Mindframe Theaters and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at Sinsinawa Mound (freewill offering accepted). Director Mary Fishman will be present for audience discussion after each show.

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Shem Center hosts Vatican II program

The Shem Center for Interfaith Spirituality presents “We the People of God” from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at St. Giles Parish in Oak Park, Illinois. An interfaith panel of guests will speak about the effects the Vatican II Council has had in their lives.

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2012–2013 Ordo

The Dominican Sisters of Peace have prepared two versions of the Ordo, a large-print document and a single sheet document.

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Become a Dominican Volunteer

Applications for the 2013-2014 volunteer year are now being accepted. Visit the Dominican Volunteers USA web site for more information.

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Recommit to the pursuit of peace and justice

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