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August 28, 2013

Photos of the Week

Adrian Dominicans
Sisters ages 65 and younger gather to ‘Envision Future’

About 50 Adrian Dominican Sisters, ages 65 and younger, emerged from an intense, three-day gathering, prepared to face the challenges before them and to continue the mission and vision of the Adrian Dominican Sisters into the future. The sisters met in Adrian Aug. 7–10 for “Envisioning the Future.” Participants came from throughout the United States, the Dominican Republic, and the Philippines, and had entered the congregation in a wide span of years, from the 1960s through 2010. Read more

San Rafael Dominicans
Congregation celebrates reception of Christina Atienza

On Aug. 11, after living with the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael as a candidate for a year, Christina Atienza was received as a novice. Sisters, family and friends attended evening prayer and the rite of entrance to the novitiate on a sun-drenched Sunday afternoon. Born and raised in Manila, the Philippines, Sister Christina immigrated to the United States with her family in 1985 and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering. Eleven days after the novitiate ceremony, Sister Christina flew to St. Louis, Missouri, to join four other Dominican novices for her canonical year at the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate.

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sister speaks at joint conference of black religious

The Joint Conference of black priests, brothers, sisters, deacons, and seminarians gathered in Chicago July 28–Aug. 1 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the founding of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and National Black Sisters' Conference. This year is also the 20th anniversary of the National Association of Black Catholic Deacons. Many of the founding members of the organizations were in attendance. Cardinal Francis George presided at the opening and celebrated Eucharist. Prior to the Mass, a march against gun violence took place and conference members gathered with families of victims of gun violence to pray for an end to violence in our communities. One of the keynote speakers for the 45th anniversary Joint Conference was Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Patricia Rogers, OP. She currently ministers as executive director of Dominican Center for Women in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her talk was titled, “Steadfast in Faith, Prevailing Against All Odds.” In 2012, Sister Patricia was honored during the “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration of Unsung Heros” at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith for being an integrated student at an area high school in the 1960s. She integrated the second semester of her senior year.

Priest in the News
Indian priest retires in South Dakota

A recent article in the Argus (South Dakota) Leader featured Dominican Fr. Paul Pathiyamoola, a retired Dominican priest who lives in South Dakota. Fr. Paul retired after serving as a parish priest for 43 years, several of those in the Diocese of Sioux Falls. He founded Mother Teresa House to help feed the poor in his home state of Kerala, India, and he continues to support this ministry by raising funds from South Dakota. Read article

Adrian Dominicans
Congregation celebrates professions of three sisters

Over the course of the summer, three women professed vows with the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. Sister Abegail Santos, OP, professed her perpetual vows, and Sisters Michelle Salalila, OP, and Adela Langa, OP, professed their First Vows. Read more

Peace Dominicans
Ohio associates celebrate commitments in August

Aug. 5 and 12 were days much anticipated by several candidates who had been in discernment for the past several months in their journey to becoming associates of the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Those called into this adventure celebrated their first commitment in ceremonies in the chapels of the Dominican Sisters of Peace motherhouses in Akron, Ohio, and Columbus, Ohio, with sisters, associates, friends and family. Read more, view photos

Faith and Film
Fruitvale Station, The Conjuring

In the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2009, a young, unarmed black man named Oscar Grant was shot and killed by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police in Oakland, California. Horrified onlookers from a commuter train recorded this incident on their cameras. The videos went viral on the internet. “Fruitvale Station” tells the story of this tragedy. “The Conjuring” is based on a real incident. Ed and Lorraine Warren were psychic investigators in New England in the second half of the 20th century. Among many cases, they investigated the haunting made famous in “The Amityville Horror.” They worked closely with the Church, often consulting with priests, and, on occasion, bringing them in as exorcists. Read reviews by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

    August 14, 2013
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, September 11. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, September 6.


50th anniversary
of Martin Luther King speech

“[Martin Luther King] recognized that those who discriminate isolate themselves from the wisdom, beauty, humor and richness of people who aren't like them. They choose fear instead of love,” writes Patrick Reardon in the National Catholic Reporter. “In doing so, they harm themselves, and that too, King saw, is the crime of prejudice.”

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Eight novices profess simple vows

The friars of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph celebrated the profession of eight of their novices on Aug. 15 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Hope Dominicans protect land

“As Dominican Sisters we have committed ourselves to promote good stewardship of Earth and her resources in as many opportunities as we can,” said Sister Judy Brunell. The congregation recently placed an agricultural restriction on a piece of property in Dartmouth, Massachusetts. This land is now protected from development and will remain farm land indefinitely.

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Peace Dominican Sisters

Christine Patella, a 23-year-old Ohio State University graduate with a degree in medical dietetics, was blessed and missioned by the Dominican Sisters and Associates of Peace and the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, as she prepared to leave for a one-year term of service with the latter in Zambia through Dominican Volunteers International.

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