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July 24, 2013

Photos of the Week

Province of the Holy Name of Jesus
Mass in the mountains in Seattle

Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP (Western Province) led 40 students and young adults from Prince of Peace Newman Center at the University of Washington, Seattle, in a hike and an outdoor Mass by Lake Surprise in Central Cascades on July 6. Fr. Lukasz is the assistant director of the Newman Center. Read more, view photos

Sparkill Dominicans
A tale of two sisters, and a surprise gift

The Sparkill Dominican Sisters were surprised with a gift of three paintings by John Thorpe, father of Alice Mary Thorpe, founder of their congregation. The paintings were presented by Sister Anne Lythgoe, OP (Peace) following her keynote at the Sparkill congregation’s assembly in June. The paintings had hung in the congregational offices of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci, which merged with the Dominican Sisters of Peace last December. Read more

Volunteers close year of service with retreat

From July 10 to 14 in Ossining, New York, 17 Dominican Volunteers celebrated the completion of their year of service at Mariandale Retreat Center, a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Hope. This closing retreat was facilitated by Sisters Margaret Galiardi, OP (Amityville) and Carolann Masone, OP (Amityville). Read story by Michael Chapuran

Adrian Dominicans
Congregation welcomes 201st associate

On July 15, the Adrian Dominican Sisters formally welcomed their 201st associate, Mary Margaret Bommarito. The ritual of acceptance took place during Vespers in St. Catherine Chapel, on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ motherhouse campus. Mary Margaret, formerly Adrian Dominican Sister Bernard Michelle Felling, met the congregation as a student at St. Dominic School and Dominican High School, both in Detroit. Even after formally leaving the congregation, Mary Margaret taught with the sisters at Dominican High School and remained connected with the congregation. Read more, view photos

International Dominican Youth Movement
Blauvelt novice attends IDYM World Meeting in Bogota

In a recent blog post (“Where is the novitiate?”), Sister Jennifer Schaaf, OP (Blauvelt) writes about her experience at the International Dominican Youth Movement World Meeting in Bogota, Colombia. More than 200 youths attended the event July 7–17 on the campus of St. Thomas University.

What is Earth asking of the Order?
Reflection by Arlene Flaherty, OP (Blauvelt)

Within the taproot that gave rise to our Dominican Family in the 13th century is a wisdom understanding that every member of the Dominican Family is called to awaken within ourselves, and within every context to which we are sent in mission. The taproot wisdom at the heart of Dominican identity and mission can be described today as communion consciousness. Read more

Racine Dominicans
Sister Mary Ann shares insights on Middle East

Sister Mary Ann Pevas, OP (Racine) is a retired university professor who taught economics at Winona State University in Winona, Minnesota. She had the unique experience of going on sabbatical to Cairo, Egypt, where she learned Arabic and spent time talking with the “ordinary people” of Egypt. She also taught at Bethlehem University in Palestine. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience of the Middle East. She has a blog, “Insights about Egypt,” and was recently featured in a video interview with Sister Lois Aceto.

Dominican Nuns
Our Lady of the Angels Monastery

“Near the foot of the Hollywood Hills, in the shadow of the iconic white towering Hollywood sign, quietly sits the Monastery of the Angels, a community of Dominican nuns.” Br. John Maria Devaney, OP, writes about the first cloistered community of monastic women in Southern California. Read article in Dominicana

LCWR interview with Donald Goergen, OP
‘Encountering the Holy Spirit’

The Summer 2013 edition of The Occasional Papers, a publication of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), features an interview with Fr. Donald Goergen, OP. Fr. Donald addressed questions from Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM, LCWR communications director, on “matters of contemplation and the Spirit.” Reprinted with permission. Read article (PDF)

World War Z

“Nothing simplifies life like a zombie apocalypse…” The summer movie “World War Z” proved thought-provoking for two Dominican student brothers from the Province of St. Joseph. Their reflections (“Zombie Apocalypse: Life Among the Ruins” by Br. Edmund McCullough, OP, and “Zombie Apocalypse: A Plague” by Br. Pier Giorgio Denger, OP) were published in Dominicana.

Previous updates:

  July 10, 2013 June 26, 2013
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, August 14. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, August 9.


General Chapter of the Order of Preachers

The General Chapter of the Order of Preachers opened July 22 with Mass concelebrated by Fr. Bruno Cadore, OP, master of the order, and his predecessors Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, and Fr. Carlos Aspiroz Costa, OP. More than 100 Dominican friars from around the world are participating in the chapter, which is being held in Trogir, Croatia.

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Latest news from Chicago parish

Read about the good work being done at St. Pius V parish in their summer newsletter. The parish is led by pastor Brendan Curran, OP; and associate pastors Charles Dahm, OP, and Matthias Mueller, OP.

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Caldwell College receives WWII writings

Maxine Giannini, widow of Ugo Giannini, a former Caldwell College art professor, recently donated two drawings and a book to the college’s Jennings Library. Sister Gerardine Mueller, OP, professor emerita and founder of the college’s art department, was quoted in an article about the donation in the local newspaper. Caldwell College was founded by the Caldwell Dominican Sisters.

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Nuns in the News

The Dominican nuns of the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin, Texas, were featured in a recent article (“The Power of Prayer”) in The Daily Progress (Jacksonville, Texas).

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RIO + 20
one year later… Part II

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