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June 26, 2013

Photos of the Week

Monastery Visit
Dominican sisters visit nuns in Summit, New Jersey

Dominican Sisters International has invited the apostolic congregations of Dominican sisters to visit the Dominican nuns in their monasteries. On June 14, four Dominican sisters from Amityville, Blauvelt, Caldwell, and Sinsinawa visited the nuns at the Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey. The nuns welcomed the sisters with refreshments and conversation, and the sisters joined the nuns for compline (evening prayer) in the monastery chapel.

From left: Sisters Laura Arvin (Amityville), Terry Rickard (Blauvelt), Joseph Maria (Summit Monastery),
Pat Daly (Caldwell). Photo by Mary Ellen O’Grady, OP (Sinsinawa)

Amityville Dominicans
Congregation celebrates transfer of leadership June 23

Six new members of the leadership council of the Dominican Sisters of Amityville, New York, began their six-year terms with a Mass on Sunday, June 23. Visit the congregation’s web site to read a welcome from the new prioress, and links to photos and video from the ritual.

Above from left: Sisters Teresita Rivera, OP (Provincial of Puerto Rico, four-year term); Sister Marguerite Warren, OP; Margaret Ann McVetty, OP; Patricia Anne Hanvey, OP; Mary Patricia Neylon, OP (prioress); Antoinette De Aveiro, OP; and Patricia Marie Koehler, OP. Photo by Barbara Schwarz, OP

Springfield Dominicans
Corporate stance honors interconnectedness of all life

On June 15, during their General Assembly, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, unanimously approved a corporate stance on a Consistent Ethic of Life. This stance is an embodied decision to protect the common good. “We are called to look at all issues through the lens of how our actions might sustain and support LIFE in all its interconnectedness so that the community of life might flourish,” the sisters agreed. “This corporate stance commits us—and publicly witnesses to our commitment—to look at issues, make decisions and act out of the Gospel value that ‘all may have life and have it more abundantly’.” Read more

Jubilees in June
Sisters celebrate anniversaries of religious life

Dominican sisters across the United States are celebrating anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious this month. Many of the congregations feature stories and photos about their Jubilarians online. We’ve compiled a list of congregations celebrating Jubilees, and links to more information. Read more

UN Briefing
RIO + 20 one year later… Where are we?

One year ago at RIO + 20, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, UN Member States decided to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which would build upon the Millennium Development Goals and converge with the post-2015 development agenda. Rio + 20 did not elaborate specific goals, but stated that these goals should be limited in number, easy to communicate, and that they should address in an integrated fashion the three essential dimensions of sustainable development—social, environmental and economic. Read article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP

What is Earth asking of us?
Understanding the impact of climate change

In spite of the many valiant efforts by environmental organizations, grassroots groups, and committed individuals, Earth’s temperature continues to rise. On May 9, 2013, CO2 levels reached their first-ever daily average of 400 parts per million. E5 tornadoes spin with more frequency and increased size in the U.S. Midwest. Meteorologists predict an especially violent hurricane season this year. Last year’s moderate and extreme droughts that covered most of the U.S. are replaced this year with torrential rainfalls and floods. Read article by Sharon Zayac, OP

Racine Dominicans
Eco-Justice Center featured in radio story

A recent story on WUWM 89.7 Milwaukee, “Dominican Nuns Works to Improve Sustainable Living,” featured an interview with Sister Janet Weyker, OP (Racine), director of the congregation’s Eco-Justice Center. Read more

Dominican Sisters of Hope
School names Wing of Hope for Sister Frances Irene

On June 9, the Bishop Dunn Memorial School community on the campus of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York, dedicated the newest wing of the school to Sister Frances Irene Fair, OP (Hope). Sister Frances directed the school’s special education program, and, in recent years, served as the director of development. Many of the BDM graduates, their children and their parents were on hand for the dedication. Read more

Western Province
Dominicans to administer Menlo Park parish

In a June 20 story in Catholic San Francisco, the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced an agreement with the Dominican friars of the Western Province (Holy Name) to administer St. Raymond Parish in Menlo Park. Father Christopher Fadok, OP, was appointed pastor effective July 1. Read more

Houston Dominicans
Sisters support Nuns on the Bus for immigration reform

In the trek across Texas, Houston was the first stop for the Nuns on the Bus tour for Immigration Reform. The bus arrived on the motherhouse grounds of the Dominican Sisters of Houston on June 7, where Sisters Lavergne Schwender, Eleanor Cresap and Ceil Roeger were waiting to greet them. Read article by Ceil Roeger, OP

Faith and Film
This is the End

In the last few years, young adults have flocked to what have been called “gross-out” comedies. I was drawn to “This Is the End” because of its good reviews, but mostly because I was interested in its subject matter. As the title implies, the movie is about the apocalypse. Were there religious overtones in a gross out movie? I wanted to find out. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

June 12, 2013 May 29, 2013 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, July 10. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, July 5.


DSC Win-Win OPportunity raffle

Congratulations to the following winners (so far) of the Dominican Sisters’ Conference raffle: Sisters Nancy Jurecki, OP (Adrian), Margaret Charles, OP (Caldwell), Irene Francis Fair, OP (Hope), and Barbara Gerardi, OP (Amityville). Proceeds from the raffle benefit the DSC. The next drawing will be June 28.

Enter to win!

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Houston Dominicans welcome new candidate

The Dominican Sisters of Houston recently welcomed Rosie Robleto as a candidate. Rosie has been living in community since February 2012 discerning her call to religious life as a Dominican.

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Maryknoll offers ‘unique look’ at Catholic Worker Movement

A unique look into the Catholic Worker Movement and its founders, Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin, will be offered by longtime Catholic Workers Tom and Monica Cornell on July 7 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Asia Room at Maryknoll Society Mission Center, 55 Ryder Road, Ossining, New York.
Admission is free. Call 914-941-7590 for more information.

Sister organist to perform at Sinsinawa

Sister Patricia Gallagher, OP, will play the July 10 Summer Organ Concert at Sinsinawa Mound, motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. Sister Anita Smisek, OP, will sing Gregorian chants during the concert. The concert begins at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

More info

Webcast: Dimensions
of Earth-Keeping

Weber Retreat and Conference Center offers key segments of this ecology program via live stream. “Dimensions of Earth Keeping: Biblical, Legal and Practical” is scheduled for July 19–20 and features presentations by Sisters Pat Benson, OP; Pat Siemen, OP; and Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP.

More info

RIO + 20 one year later… Where are we?

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