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March 13, 2013

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United nations in Sparkill
Sisters, novices meet and greet in the Northeast

On the evening of March 11, sisters and associates from Adrian, Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope, Montebello, Maryknoll, Sinsinawa, and Sparkill gathered at Dominican Convent in Sparkill. Visitors included five Dominican sisters from various countries and continents, sponsored by Dominican Sisters International, who were attending the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations, and four novices from the Common Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri, who were on their spring break.

From left: Cecilia Espenilla, OP (Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena/Philippines); Sister Adela Langa (Adrian Novice), Margaret Mayce, OP (DLC-NGO/Amityville); Corrine Sanders, OP (Dominican Sisters of Adrian/USA); Sister Renee Asmar (Sparkill Novice); Paulina Chioma Ogbonnaya, OP (Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena/Nigeria); Sister Jenn Schaaf (Blauvelt Novice); Edel Murphy, OP (Dominican Sisters of Cabra/Ireland); Pamela Robles Espinoza, OP (Missionary Sisters of the Rosary/Peru). Photo by Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP (Sinsinawa)

Justice Promoters
Meeting to determine focus of peace, justice ministry

They came from every corner of the country—from New York to Houston; from Washington to Kentucky—The North American Dominican Justice Promoters all made their way to Grand Rapids, Michigan for their biennial meeting March 1–2. While the winter sun shone brightly on the motherhouse of the Grand Rapids Dominicans and the snow-covered ground, it was the warmth of Dominican hospitality and the embrace of old friends and colleagues that broke through winter’s chill. Sisters, friars, lay Dominicans, and co-workers were all gathered to determine the focus of the Peace and Justice Ministry of the Dominican Family for the next two years. Read story by Christopher Matthias

Congregation elects new leadership team

The Dominican Sisters of Amityville, New York elected a new Leadership Council March 9–10 during their congregation’s general chapter. This newly elected group will assume leadership of the congregation’s 466 members on June 23. Elected to the role of prioress was Sister Mary Patricia Neylon, OP. Sister Mary Patricia is an associate professor in the humanities department at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, where she has worked for 28 years. Read more

UN Commission on the Status of Women
Empowerment, education focus of sessions

The 57th session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) began Monday, March 4, and continues through Friday, March 15. As editor of DomLife, I had the privilege of attending for a few days as a member of the Dominican Sisters Conference staff, along with Sister Mary Sue Kennedy, DSC executive director. We spent two days at the UN, attending “parallel events” that were offered in conjunction with the general sessions. Read more

Maryknoll Sisters
Founder named inductee of National Women’s Hall of Fame

Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, MM, founder of Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, Maryknoll, New York, has been named one of nine American women to be inducted in 2013 into the National Women’s Hall of Fame (NWHF). The oldest national membership organization dedicated to recognizing outstanding individual American women and their achievements, the NWHF selects up to 12 women every other year “to honor in perpetuity whose contributions have been of the greatest value for the development of the country.” Read more

Province of St. Joseph
Six friars ordained as deacons

On March 9, the Most Reverend Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, D.C., ordained six friars to the Order of Deacons. The Mass took place in the main chapel of the Dominican House of Studies. Read more

Faith and Film

“Amour” is a critically acclaimed film, which just won the Oscar for foreign language film. Georges (Jean-Louis Trintignant) and Anne (Emmanuel Riva) are retired music teachers in their 80s who live in a Paris apartment. Anne’s health deteriorates after a series of strokes, and Georges devotes himself to taking care of her. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

  February 27, 2013 February 13, 2013
January 30, 2013 January 16, 2013 Dec 19, 2012
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, March 27. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, March 22.


Bridge-Between receives historic preservation award

The Bridge-Between Retreat Center in Denmark, Wisconsin, received an Historic Preservation Award from the Brown County Historical Society. The award reconized the center’s efforts in "Adaptive Building Re-use" of the farmhouse, 1890 granary, silo, and Belguim cathedral barn on their 27-acre property.

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DVUSA second annual silent auction

Dominican Volunteers USA invites you to its second annual Silent Auction Saturday, April 20 from 5 to 9 p.m. at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. All proceeds support the ministry of Dominican volunteers.

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Spring concert at Sinsinawa Mound

Sinsinawa Mound Civic Chorus presents its spring concert, “Sing of Victory Won,” April 7 at 2 p.m. at Sinsinawa Mound. The program will feature new choral music for the Lent and Easter season from a wide variety of composers. A freewill offering will be accepted.

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Commission on the Status of Women: Stopping violence

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