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April 10, 2013

Photos of the Week

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Way of the Cross/Way of Justice in New Orleans

On Good Friday, nine Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace participated in the 30th Annual Way of the Cross/Way of Justice, which took place in the Central Business District of New Orleans, Louisiana. Read more

Dominican Sisters of Houston
Walk for Justice in Houston

On Good Friday afternoon, members of the local peace and justice community came together in downtown Houston, Texas, to walk the Stations of the Cross commemorating the passion and death of Jesus. Fr. Richard Wahl, CSB, led the opening prayer, and students from St. Christopher Parish enacted the stations. The annual event is sponsored by Pax Christi, which extended an open invitation to organizations addressing crucial justice issues of our times to lead the stations. The Dominican Sisters of Houston led Station 3, “Jesus Falls the First Time.” Their reflection focused on the realization that just as Jesus suffered from the weight of the cross, Earth, our home, is suffering from the weight of environmental devastation. We walked with Jesus from the beginning when he was condemned until he was laid in the tomb. Just as it did not end there for Jesus, our journey did not end there. We celebrated the 15th station, “The Resurrection,” reminded of the hope that drives our work for justice and peace. — Sister Ceil Roeger, OP (Houston)

Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt
Orientation for associate candidates

The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, New York, Associates held an orientation session for Associate candidates on March 30. Sister Mary Ellen O'Grady, promoter of collaboration for the Northeast Dominicans (Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, Hope and Sparkill,) presented the “Four Pillars of Dominican Life.” Associates from Blauvelt and Sparkill also attended. A dinner followed the presentation.

Dominican Sisters of Springfield
High school students enjoy ‘Girls’ Night In’

TThe Dominican Sisters of Springfield hosted a “Girls’ Night In” at their motherhouse March 23–24. The high school students enjoyed prayer, journaling with Scripture, liturgy and sharing a meal with their sister prayer partner.

Northeast Dominican sisters work for justice for detainees

IRATE–First Friends, an organization in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that seeks dignity for immigrants, has developed an ongoing collaboration with the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. The partnership has been marked with good faith and compassion in helping immigrants who are languishing in detention. Read more

Dominican Sisters Conference
A win-win OPportunity: DSC’s annual fundraiser

The DSC needs your support! While dues from member congregations covers a large portion of the expenses for Dominican Sisters Conference, it does not cover it all. This year, we are asking you to donate in return for a chance to be a lucky recipient of some of the money raised! Please read the flyer and join others by donating toward the operation of “our” Dominican Sisters Conference. The tickets are not limited to Dominican Sisters and Associates… check with your family and friends and give them a chance to be part of our “win-win OPportunity”! Download flyer Another way you can help support DSC is by purchasing items through using this link.

UN Briefing
Food and faith: ‘Eating is a moral act’

The NGO Working Group on Food and Hunger represents one of the many committees at the United Nations in which the Dominican Leadership Conference actively participates… This past weekend, I traveled to Ecumenical Advocacy Days (EAD) in Washington, DC, to pursue the acquisition of further knowledge surrounding prevalent concerns regarding food and hunger as well as strategies for advocacy. Quite fittingly, this year, “At God’s Table: Food Justice for a Healthy World” served as the theme of the EAD. Read article by Kati Garrison, Dominican Volunteer

Earth Day
Dominican Sisters of Peace share resource packet

The Eco-Justice Committee of the Dominican Sisters of Peace have prepared an Earth Day Resource Packet, which includes an Earth Day prayer service, activities for groups or individuals, action ideas, witnessing opportunities, and even ideas for a special meal. Download packet (PDF)

Maryknoll Mission Institute
Spring/summer courses begin May 5

The challenges of evangelization in the 21st century, the evolution of human thought, and migration, globalization and the human journey are just some of the powerful topics to be addressed this spring and summer at Maryknoll Mission Institute, to be held weekly, beginning May 5, at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, 10 Pinesbridge Road, Ossining, New York. Registration deadline is April 30. Read more

Adrian Dominicans
Sisters participate in Detroit Future City meeting

The Detroit Future City Plan was the topic for learning and discussion at a recent meeting of Adrian Dominicans, Sisters of Mercy, and Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM Sisters) in Detroit, Michigan. Held at the Mercy Education Project building on March 23, the gathering featured James Ribbron, director of the Detroit Board of Zoning Appeals. Read more

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Mother’s Day event scheduled for May 11

Sinsinawa Mound is hosting its 2013 Mother’s Day event, “I have become my mother,” on Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sister Ann Willits, OP, invites you to complete the gathering by your presence. Every mother-daughter relationship is unique, but over time that relationship becomes a mystery which has universal implications. Grace emerges in the words, “I have become my mother!” Read more

Dominican Sisters of Peace
Homeless coalition honors sisters with humanitarian award

The Columbus Coalition for the Homeless has honored the Dominican Sisters of Peace with their Marsha Donner Humanitarian Award. The award was presented April 3 at the organization's annual meeting, in recognition of the congregation’s “incredible generosity… to support homeless women at their Mother's Day event.” Read more

Previous updates:

    March 27, 2013
March 13, 2013 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, April 24. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, April 19.


The DSC needs your support!

The DSC needs your support! While dues from member congregations covers a large portion of the expenses for Dominican Sisters Conference, it does not cover it all. This year, we are offering a “win-win OPportunity” by asking you to donate in return for a chance to be a lucky recipient of some of the money raised!

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DSC April newsletter

The April newsletter of the Dominican Sisters Conference is available online.

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations April 21

The Vatican has set the 50th World Day of Prayer for Vocations for April 21. The theme for this year's celebration is "Vocations as a sign of hope founded in faith." The theme underscores the hope that vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life bring to the entire Church. The U.S. Bishops' web site offers resources to help laity and clergy build a culture of vocations at home and in parishes.

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Sinsinawa Gallery hosts Women and Spirit exhibit

Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America” through June 2. Panels of photographs and text highlight the historical contributions of nine women’s religious communities of the Upper Mississippi River Valley. Among them are local congregations including Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of the Visitation, Sisters of the Presentation, and Sinsinawa Dominicans.

Sister to speak at Georgetown Institute on Sacred Scripture

The 50th annual Georgetown University Institute on Sacred Scripture will be held June 11–13 in Washington, DC. Sister Barbara Reid, OP (Grand Rapids), one of three presenters, will speak on “Fifty Years of Feminist Biblical Interpretation.” Sister Barbara is vice president and academic dean and professor of New Testament Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

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Kaleidoscope convocation Aug. 28–31

“Leading: Preaching an Uncontained Word” will be the theme of the fourth Kaleidoscope convocation Aug. 28–31 in San Antonio, Texas. The purpose of Kaleidoscope is to promote opportunities for relationship building; to network, and to foster leadership among newer/younger Dominican sisters.

Sister Nancy Murray to portray Dorothy Stang

Adrian Dominican Sister Nancy Murray, OP, will give a one-woman performance on the life of Sister Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN. “Rooted in Love: The Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang,” will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago.

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Dominican scholar visits student brothers

Patristic scholar Fr. Nageeb Michael, OP, director of the Digital Center for Eastern Manuscripts, recently visited the student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. His current work focuses on the preservation of ancient Christian manuscripts in the Middle East. In a video interview, Fr. Nageeb prays the Our Father and Hail Mary in Aramaic. From Dominican Daily.

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Food and faith: ‘Eating is a moral act’

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