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September 25, 2013

Photo of the Week

Houston Dominicans
Five Bordages sisters gather for eldest sister’s Jubilee

In September, members of the Bordages family (which includes 13 children and five blood sisters who are also Dominican Sisters of Houston) gathered to celebrate the 75th Jubilee of Sister Denise Bordages, OP (Houston).

Above from left: The five Bordages sisters: Emily, Raphael, Denise, Marie, and Francis Marie.

UN Briefing
Ban Ki-moon: ‘A life of dignity for all’

In his report to the 68th UN General Assembly, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon states: “The world has changed radically since the turn of the millennium. New economic powers have emerged, new technologies are reshaping our societies, and new patterns of human settlement and activity are heightening the pressures on our Planet. Inequality is rising in rich and poor countries alike. A new era demands a new vision and responsive framework. Sustainable development… must become our global guiding principle… Ours is the first generation with the resources and the know-how to end extreme poverty and put our Planet on a sustainable course before it is too late.” Read more

Dominican Retirement
Dominican women gather to vision holistic retirement

The Visioning Dominican Retirement Committee met in St. Catharine, Kentucky, Sept. 7–10 to discuss issues that relate to those who administer and support members of Dominican congregations of sisters who are retired. Twenty-two women, both sisters and lay women who work in Dominican retirement facilities came from the congregations of Peace, Springfield, Hope, Maryknoll, Sinsinawa and Grand Rapids to network and share their expertise. Read article by Lucianne Siers, OP

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Dubuque’s Got Sisters!

Are you a woman wondering what life might be like as a religious sister? Then sign up for “Dubuque’s Got Sisters!” and get ready for a unique experience. Dubuque, Iowa area religious communities (including the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters) are offering an opportunity to come together with sisters and other women who are asking how to best serve the people of God. Join us for prayer, conversation, and a chance to get to know communities of women who continue to serve people on the margins. There is no fee to attend. Read more

Adrian Dominicans
Dominican Day Oct. 7 at Barry University

Sister Adela Langa, OP (Adrian), coordinator for mission effectiveness and leadership for Barry University, is planning special events on the university’s Miami Shores, Florida, campus on Monday, Oct. 7, to mark the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to lunch and conversation with three Dominicans: a friar from the Southern Province, an Adrian Dominican Sister, and an Adrian Dominican Associate. The three will speak of their own call to Dominican life. Read more

Dominican Center at Marywood
Sister leads ‘Crossing Borders’ immigration workshop

Sister Mary Brigid Clingman, OP (Grand Rapids), pastoral associate, will lead a six-session course starting Monday, Oct. 7 and continuing through Nov. 11 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Designed by JustFaith Ministries, the workshop offers the opportunity for prayer, reading, and reflection about the issue of immigration. Participants will explore public policy positions on immigration, the U.S. history of immigration, Biblical concepts and experiences, Catholic social teaching, and the effects of globalization on economic systems enmeshed in immigration realities. Read more

Faith and Film
The Spectacular Now

Based on its posters and trailer, you might expect “Spectacular Now” to be a “feel good” movie about young romance. On the contrary, this new movie is much more serious. It tells the story of Sutter Keely, a 17-year-old high school senior with a drinking problem. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

  Sept 11, 2013 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, October 9, 2013. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, October 4.


New book

“Scanning the Signs of the Times: French Dominicans in the 20th Century,” a new book by Fr. Paul Philibert, OP, and Tom O'Meara, OP, tells the story of seven French Dominicans—Sertillanges,
Chenu, Congar, Lebret, Loew, Liégé, and Couturier—who were influential in the
Catholic church during Vatican II.

More info

Blog features volunteer’s justice work

Dominican Volunteer Luke Sullivan is passionate about supporting the rights of low-wage income earners. Luke is in his second year ministering with ARISE Chicago.

Read blog

Young adult fall retreat: Walking with Pope Francis

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose are hosting a fall retreat for men and women from ages 18 to 40. “Walking with Pope Francis,” based on the Encylical of Pope Francis’ “Light of Faith,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 at the Mission San Jose motherhouse in Fremont, California.

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Ban Ki-moon: ‘A life of dignity for all’

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