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The Adrian Dominican Sisters will celebrate the 40th anniversary of INAI Studio, founded by Sisters Barbara Chenicek, OP, and Rita Schiltz, OP, on June 2. Through INAI Studio, Sisters Barbara and Rita have spent the past 40 years designing worship areas for a number of parishes and institutions in the United States and abroad. Read more
Immigration: Livestream Workshop
Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, will present “Immigration Law: From Ya’ll Come! to Ellis Island to Secure Communities,” a three-hour workshop in two sessions, on Saturday, June 1 (from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.) Sister Attracta is prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, earned her law degree in 1996 from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In 2012, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Diocese of Lansing presented Sister Attracta with the St. Thomas More Award in recognition of her tireless efforts to shield children and adults from human trafficking, to protect women from violence, and to advocate for immigrants in need of asylum. The workshop will provide activists and other concerned individuals with substantive background on U.S. immigration law: what has been, what is, and what could be. Please register for the live stream workshop by emailing email@example.com or call 517-266-4000.
Sister Priscilla Torres, OP, made her final profession with the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation last month. The ceremony was held in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. Weeks later, she said, “I’m still basking in the glory of God!” In making her final profession, Sister Priscilla committed to life as a woman religious “unto death.” “It’s what I’ve been waiting for. Now I can live it to the fullest. I feel contentment, joy, Alleluia! This is the greatest blessing God could have given me.”Read more
In a Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, May 19 at Sacred Heart Chapel in Springfield, Illinois, 17 candidates formalized their relationship with the Dominican Family by making a public commitment to witness Gospel values as Springfield Dominican Associates. In doing so, they join more than 300 women and men in the United States and Peru who accompany the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois on a life-long journey of prayer, study and preaching. Read more
Sister Mary Brenda, OP, a teacher and school nurse at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas; and Doris Yordanoff, nurse manager for the Dominican Sisters of Houston, were honored for their dedication to their profession during National Nurses’ Week May 6–12. Read more
Philippe LeBlanc, OP, recently completed a report on the United Nations sanctions and their impact on Iraqi children. Fr. Phil is a former permanent delegate of the Dominican Order at the UN in Geneva (1996–2006) with ECOSOC Special Consultative status at the United Nations. Read report (PDF)
On April 29, Sparkill Dominican Sister Margaret Theresa Oettinger, OP, received the 2013 Saint Catherine of Siena Award for Leadership and Excellence in Catholic Health Care. Sister Margaret is director of pastoral care at The Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. The award was presented by the Dominican Friars Health Care Ministry following a special Mass at the Church of Saint Catherine of Siena. Read article by Margaret Palliser, OP
Fr. Michael Dodds, OP, professor of philosophy and theology at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, California, recently published a new book, “Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas.” For more information, and to watch a video of the book launch presentation, click here.
Wisdom House Retreat and Conference Center, Litchfield, Connecticut, will host a program titled “The Beguines: Creative Religious Women in a Time of Ferment” on Saturday, June 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come learn about the beguines, female members of the medieval lay movement, which broke new ground in experimenting with the elements of traditional religious life. These women were self-supporting and engaged in ministry to the sick and the poor. Presented by Elizabeth Dreyer, Ph.D. For more information and to register, click here.
Faith and Film
“To the Wonder,” the new film by American filmmaker Terrence Malick, is very much a companion piece to his earlier film, the Oscar-nominated “Tree of Life.” While “Tree” explores faith in a family dealing with loss, “Wonder” deals with faith in the lives of a couple, Neil (Ben Affleck) and Marina (Olga Kurylenko), as well as a priest, Fr. Quintana (Javier Bardem). The first of the big superhero/comic book movies hitting theaters between now and Labor Day, “Iron Man 3” never takes itself too seriously. Read reviews by Tom Condon, OP