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August 14, 2013

Photos of the Week

International Dominican Youth Movement
Dominicans from 25 countries gather in Bogota

From as far away as Nigeria, the Philippines, Poland, and the United States, Dominican Young Adults, friars, sisters and laity gathered for the 12th International Dominican Youth Movement in Bogota, Colombia in July. The theme of this year’s conference was “Soy Yo En Persona! (LC 24,39).” Twenty-five countries were represented at the meeting. Read stories by Sister Gina Fleming, OP (Amityville), and Br. Francis Orozco, OP (St. Martin de Porres). Sister Jenn Schaaf, OP (Blauvelt) also wrote about her experience of the event in her blog.

Above from left: Sister Lenore Toscano, Sister Diane Capuano, Lyamar Rodriguez, Siser Jenn Schaaf, Br. Francis Orozco, Andy Abberton, Sean Mundy, Mike Malinowski, Sister Gina Fleming, Sister Mary Soher, and Kevin Sullivan.

Mission San Jose
Formation gathering includes sisters from U.S., Mexico

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California, gathered seven sisters in formation and their directors from the U.S. and Mexico provinces July 5–15. The initial days at the motherhouse overlapped with a discernment retreat for eight new inquirers, which proved to be an enriching experience for both groups. Read more

Front row, from left: Dulce Sarai Aguilar Rodriguez, Laura Concepcion Ramirez Sanchez, Mary-Han Nguyen, Mary Therese Perez. Back row, from left: Candidate Maria Jesus (Chuy), Julieta Puente Rodriguez, Mary Yun.

Province of St. Joseph
In habit: 18 men prepare for novitiate in Cincinnati

On Aug. 8, the feast of St. Dominic, the 2013 novitiate class from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph put on their white and black habit for the first time (vestition) in preparation for the beginning of their year-long novitiate at the Priory of St. Gertrude in Cincinnati, Ohio. Read more, view photos at the Order of Preachers Vocations Blog

Above: The 18 novices with Fr. Benedict Croell, OP, director of vocations for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph.

Weber Center
Summer retreat was ‘Dominican Family at its best’

More than 60 retreatants from five Dominican congregations participated in a July retreat at Weber Center in Adrian, Michigan. “In the Beginning was the Word…” was described as “a Dominican, scriptural-based retreat, aimed at deepening our rootedness in the Word of God and renewing our passion for preaching.” In the words of Sister Terry Rickard: “Great preaching, liturgy, and music; time for contemplation and sharing of the echoes of the word heard and received. It was Dominican Family at its best!”

The retreat team (from left): Brian Pierce, OP (Southern Province); Rebecca Gemma, OP (Springfield); John Pitzer, OP (Southern Province); Megan McElroy, OP (Grand Rapids; Terry Rickard, OP (Blauvelt).

Springfield Dominicans
Summer fun with the sisters: Dominican Faith Camp

July 28–30, 31 young campers joined the Springfield Dominican Sisters for Dominican Faith Camp at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, Illinois. The girls, ranging in age from 11 to 13, enjoyed swimming, games, crafts and prayer time with sisters. Each camper was paired with a Sister Buddy who prayed with them. At the end of the camp, the girls put on a skit which was performed for all of the sisters.

Dominican Volunteers USA
Twenty volunteers gather for orientation in Blauvelt

August 3–9, Dominican Volunteers USA oriented its largest class in history—20 members—to begin a year of service! The new volunteers, many of them recent college graduates, came from various locations across the United States. The event was hosted by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt and Sparkill. Read more

Above: The new volunteers in front of the pond at the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, New York, motherhouse.

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sisters receive novice, welcome candidate

At First Vespers on the Feast of St. Dominic on Aug. 7, Kathleen Flynn (left) was received into the Dominican novitiate, and Christin Tomy was welcomed as a candidate to the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation. Kathleen is from Davenport, Iowa, and will be a full-time novice at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. Christin is from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and will live in community with Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in Jacksonville, Florida. View video on YouTube | View photos on Facebook

Peace Dominicans
Three new sisters begin their journeys

The week of Aug. 12 marks new beginnings for three young women who have recently become part of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Two novices—Sisters Beata Tiboldi and Anne Knight—will begin their canonical Novitiate year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. And Sister Trina Marie Ulrich, who recently transferred membership to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, will begin her new ministry teaching at St. Mary's Dominican High School in New Orleans. Read more

Dominican Institute for the Arts
17th annual gathering held July 31–Aug. 3

Representatives from 12 states, Great Britain, and the Dominican Republic assembled on the campus of Ohio Dominican University, Columbus, Ohio, for the 17th Annual Gathering of the Dominican Institute for the Arts, an organization dedicated to promoting the preaching mission of the Dominican Order through the medium of the arts. Read article by Elizabeth Michael Boyle, OP

Maryknoll Sisters of St Dominic
Chinese students, sister attend World Youth Day in Rio

Nearly 11,000 miles lay between Hong Kong and Rio de Janeiro, and the Chinese students who’d made the trek to attend World Youth Day 2013 with Maryknoll Sister Norma Pocasangre felt it—not only in jet lag, but in the numerous different cultures they encountered at the gathering, which ultimately attracted more than 3 million people from around the world. Read article by Sue Palmer

Tacoma Dominicans
Sisters offer hospitality to families of immigrant detainees

Detention centers are spread throughout the United States. The Tacoma Dominicans have one in our “backyard,” about 10 minutes from our administrative offices. On July 15, 15 sisters and associates spent the afternoon outside the detention center, offering refreshments and support to the families returning from visiting their loved ones. Read story by Sister Sharon Casey, OP

Springfield Dominicans
Congregation celebrates Sister Kathryn’s

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, began honoring the feast of St. Dominic and their Dominican life and mission a day early this year. Aug. 7 was the date of a joyful celebration of Sister Kathryn Pereira’s Rite of Initiation into the novitiate. Sister Kathryn will attend the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in St. Louis, Missouri. View photos from the ceremony

Mission San Jose
Sisters bid farewell to priory in Germany

Sister Gloria Marie Jones, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California, recently traveled to the congregation’s German priory at Altenhohenau to participate in a celebration of gratitude and farewell. The congregation also welcomed German Sisters Imelda Loch and Pia Jobs to the Mission San Jose motherhouse. Read more

Previous updates:

July 24, 2013 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 28. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, August 23.


Maryknoll Sisters
in the news

Mother Mary Joseph Rogers, MM, founder of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, will be inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October. In “Sisters for Life,” New York Times editorial writer Lawrence Downes focuses attention on the Maryknoll Sisters and their ministries. Another opinion piece (“A different sort of missionary”) in the Philippine Daily Inquirer, inspired by the New York Times article, was written by a graduate of Maryknoll College, Rina Jimenez-David.

Sister Judy Morris:
A voice for the poor

In a recent blog post, Sister Judy Morris, OP (Peace) reflects on the words of Pope Francis during his visit to Brazil, calling us to become “Courageous Christians.”

Read more

Maturing Spirituality webcast series

The Institute for Maturing Spirituality at the Martin de Porres Center, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, announces its fall webcast series.

More info

Syracuse nuns featured in Dominicana

Br. Peter Martyr Joseph Yungwirth, OP, writes about the prayer ministry of the cloistered Dominicans nuns at the Monastery of the Perpetual Rosary in Syracuse, New York.

Read article

Nuns elect new prioress

The Dominican Nuns at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin, Texas, elected a new prioress in July. Sister Maria Guadalupe, OP, is a native of Mexico and former novice directress for the community.

Link to blog

Dominicana video series

The student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC, have announced a new video series for the Year of Faith called “To the Heights.”

More info

RIO + 20
one year later… Part II

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