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October 23, 2013

Photos of the Week

Houston Dominicans
Exhibit honors sister artist’s legacy

Sister Mary Agnes Malone, OP, joined the Dominican Sisters of Houston in 1903 at age 17. She studied and taught art and music. As a young sister, she painted murals at a former mansion known as Bishop’s Palace in Galveston. The Galveston Historical Society hosted a recent exhibit there featuring Sister Mary Agnes’ murals and 28 paintings. Read more

Amityville Dominicans
1878 pipe organ featured in concert in historic chapel

The rich sounds of an 1878 pipe organ filled the historic chapel at the Dominican Sisters of Amityville’s Rosary Hall on Oct. 13. The Celebration of the 1878 Jardine Pipe Organ featured a recital by organist Cynthia Holden of the Suffolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, followed by prayerful song known as Choral Vespers. Speakers at the program included Sister Judith Golden, OP, who provided remarks about Rosary Hall, and Raymond Henderson of the Suffolk Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, who discussed George Jardine & Son, builders of the organ.

Above: The 1878 Jardine Pipe Organ in the historic Rosary Hall chapel at the Dominican Sisters of Amityville motherhouse. Above inset: (from left) Raymond Henderson, American Guild of Organists; Sister Elaine Jahrsdoerfer, OP, liturgy director for the Dominican Sisters of Amityville motherhouse, Amityville, New York; and organist Cynthia Holden.

Adrian Dominicans
Sister Jean honored for ‘dedication to social justice’

Siena Heights University presented the St. Dominic Award Oct. 4 to Sister Jean Hughes, OP, in recognition of her “lifetime of dedication to social justice and serving the poor in our world.” Sister Jean taught for 15 years in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, and served as principal of her Alma Mater, Aquinas High School in Chicago, during its final years before closing. She has also served as a community organizer at the Eighth Day Center for Justice in Chicago and, for the past 20 years, has ministered at St. Leonard’s Ministries, helping formerly incarcerated men and women to rebuild their lives. She is also the Justice Promoter for the Dominican Midwest Mission Chapter of the Adrian Dominicans. Read more

UN Briefing
Day of the Girl: Education key to transforming lives

Oct. 11 marked the second annual Day of the Girl Child, established by the United Nations General Assembly as a response to the urgent problem of neglect and devaluation of girls around the world. The event is an opportunity to celebrate girls’ lives and power, to raise awareness of the challenges they continue to face, and to advance their opportunities through support and advocacy. For its second observance, the theme was “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” Read article by Dominican Volunteer Abby McCrary

Tacoma Dominicans
Celebration of 125 years comes to close

In 1888, young Sister Thomasina and her two companions, Sisters de Chantal and Aloysia, in their love for and commitment to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, arrived in Washington State, then known as the Northwest Territory. This year, the Tacoma Dominican Sisters are celebrating 125 years of ministry at parishes in Washington, Oregon, and California where they staffed schools. In September, Sister Mary Pat Murphy, OP, preached a homily at Holy Cross Parish, Tacoma, and this month, Sister Patty Morisset, OP, a native of Bellingham, preached a homily at Assumption Parish, Bellingham. The Tacoma Dominicans will complete their quasquicentennial with a Mass Oct. 26 at Holy Rosary Parish in Seattle, presided by Archbishop Peter Sartain.

What is Earth asking of the Order?
Veritas in Vino

The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change Report released in September gave insights more shocking than most of us would have anticipated. The cause is absolutely human activity. The timeline of absolute crisis is shorter than we thought. One might benefit from a glass of wine while digesting the findings of the report; or for a turn of phrase, take veritas with vino. (For the uninitiated the traditional phrase is “in vino, veritas” or in wine there is truth, and Dominicans are dedicated to the pursuit of truth.) Read article by Christopher Matthias

Adrian Dominicans
Congregation receives Orders for World Service Award

The Adrian Dominican Sisters received the Orders for World Service Award from Oikocredit USA during the organization’s first-ever National Investors Summit, held in September in Washington, D.C. Sister Attracta Kelly, OP, prioress of the congregation, accepted the newly established award on behalf of the Adrian Dominican Sisters during the Investor Inspirations Award Ceremony. The Orders for World Service Award recognizes religious orders who are “active, engaged, and patient investors in Oikocredit USA, utilizing the body of their membership to spread the mission of Oikocredit and support our work through a shared goal of poverty alleviation and economic empowerment.” Read more

Houston Dominicans
Sisters honored for leadership in education

Sisters Donna Pollard, OP (left) and Jane Meyer, OP

On Oct. 6, the administration and school board of St. Ambrose Catholic School honored Sisters Donna Pollard, OP, and Jane Meyer, OP, for their dedication to Catholic education in the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese. Sister Donna has been the Head of School at St. Pius X High School since 1991. Sister Jane has been St. Agnes Academy’s Head of School since 1997. Both women have been instrumental in shaping students in the Dominican pillars of prayer, study, community and preaching. Many alumni from St. Agnes Academy and St. Pius X High School as well as Dominican Sisters of Houston joined them for the celebration.

Previous updates:

    October 9, 2013
Sept 25, 2013 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, November 6, 2013. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, November 1.


Preaching initiative named after sister

The Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri, recently honored Sister Joan Delaplane, OP (Adrian) by putting her name on its new preaching initiative, funded by a $500,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment. Sister Joan is emerita professor of homiletics at Aquinas.

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Mission San Jose Discernment Retreat

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California, are hosting a Discernment Retreat Nov. 15–17 for single Catholic women ages 18 to 40.

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Dominican nuns in Lufkin, Texas

Br. Athanasius Murphy, OP writes about the Dominican nuns at the Monastery of the Infant Jesus in Lufkin, Texas, in a recent Dominicana blog post.

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Sister theologians in the news

Sister Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP (Peace), professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, recently shared her insights on the concept of life after death on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” Sister Maureen Sullivan, OP (Hope) was featured in an article in the BC Catholic, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, about a presentation she gave at the Canadian Catholic School Trustees’ Association annual conference.

Barry University offers MOOC

Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida, unveiled its first-ever free online course on Oct. 7. Barry’s first MOOC (massive open online course) is entitled Safety, Function, Action, and is designed for members of the disaster response community.

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Monastery offers Christmas cards

The Dominican nuns of Caterina Benincasa Dominican Monastery in New Castle, Delaware, are inviting orders for Christmas cards. Proceeds from the sale from these cards contribute to the nuns’ monthly income.

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Day of the Girl: Education key to transforming lives

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