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May 29, 2013

Photos of the Week

Lands of Dominic Armchair Pilgrimage
Formation communities gather together for event

The Dominican novices and formation directors from the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Albert the Great (Central) and Dominican Friars, Province of St. Martin de Porres (South), as well as the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate, joined three Dominican sisters from Africa for the recent Armchair Lands of Dominic Pilgrimage at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. Read story by Jennifer Schaaf

Province of St. Joseph
Six new priests ordained May 24

The Dominican Friars, Province of St. Joseph celebrated the ordination of six brothers to the priesthood at St. Dominic Church in Washington, DC: Fr. Dominic Joseph Bump, OP; Fr. Bernard Marie Timothy, OP; Fr. Matthew Carroll, OP; Fr. Albert Duggan, OP; Fr. Reginald Mary Lynch, OP; and Fr. Ambrose Mary Little, OP. From the province web site. Read story, view photo slideshow

Adrian Dominicans
INAI Studio celebrates 40th anniversary

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 to speak on immigration law

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 or call 517-266-4000.

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sister Priscilla Torres makes final profession of vows

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

Springfield Dominicans
Congregation welcomes 17 new associates

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

Houston Dominicans
Nurses recognized by school, community

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

Impact of UN Sanctions on children in Iraq

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)

Sparkill Dominicans
Sister Margaret honored for health care ministry in NYC

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

Unlocking Divine Action: Contemporary Science and Thomas Aquinas

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
The Beguines: Creative Religious Women in a Time of Ferment

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, Iron Man 3

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

Previous updates:

    May 8, 2013
April 24, 2013 April 10, 2013 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, June 12. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, June 7.


Dominican priest receives honorary degree

The Aquinas Institute of Theology awarded Fr. Charles (Gerard) Austin, OP, an honorary degree (Doctor of Humane Letters) at its recent graduation ceremony. Fr. Gerard, a member of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province), is Dominican Scholar in Residence in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida.

Lay Dominican, poet receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Rudge, a member of the Dominican Laity, St. Albert the Great Chapter, recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Berkeley (California) City Council. Mary has lived in Alameda, California for more than 50 years, and is the city’s first-ever poet laureate. She has published numerous books and chapbooks and spoken internationally at schools, cultural centers, libraries, poetry groups, and social justice events. She also raised seven children. She made her Life Profession as a Lay Dominican in 1962.

Memorial Mass for Sister Mary Nona McGreal

The McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, will host a Memorial Mass for Sister Mary Nona McGreal, OP, on Saturday, June 1 at 2:30 p.m. in Rosary Chapel. For more information, call 708-524-6677.

Sister in the News

Sister Debbie Blow, OP (Hope), a co-founder of the North Country Mission of Hope, was recognized as a New York State Senate Woman of Distinction at an event in Albany, New York, May 7. Sister Debbie was nominated by New York State Senator Betty Little.

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SHOP: News from Fanjeaux

Read the latest newsletter from the Sister Historians of the Order of Preachers in Fanjeaux, France.

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