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November 22, 2013

Photos of the Week

Mount Saint Mary College
Spirit of the Mount Week celebrates Dominican heritage

Sister Diane Kennedy, OP (Sinsinawa) was an integral part of the recent Spirit of the Mount Week, which celebrates the Dominican sisters who began the Mount Saint Mary College community. Sister Diane spoke on the college’s Dominican heritage, and presented the college’s Aquinas and Ralph Scholars with their honor cords, to be worn at graduation. Sister Diane is vice president for mission and ministry at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.

Youth Preaching Workshop
High school students participate in weekend event

Nov. 16–17, eight students from St. Agnes Academic High School came to St. John the Baptist High School for a weekend of prayer, study, and the forming of community. These students were the latest group to attend one of our youth preaching workshops. They learned how to bring to life their baptismal call to “preach the Good News” by using the gifts and talents that have been given to them by our loving God. Read article by Sister Gina Fleming, OP

Blauvelt Dominicans
Morning of reflection, discussion for women

Forty-two women, including several sisters and associates, participated in the Nov. 9 morning of reflection and discussion for women. Associate Pat Hannon and Sisters Dottie Maxwell and Ceil Lavan led the event, which provided presentations and discussions on the question, “What Is Pope Francis Saying to the Church?” The Blauvelt Preaching Team of sisters and associates sponsors two reflection mornings for women each year in addition to several other preaching events. For more information about the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, visit

Dominican Sisters International
Solidarity with the Philippines

DSI is deeply moved by the suffering of the people of the Philippines caused by the recent passage of the typhoon, and in solidarity, commends the efforts of the Dominican Family working together there to bring relief to many who have experienced great loss. We carry the nation in our prayers, specially the survivors who mourn the loss of loved ones that they may experience solidarity in their efforts to comfort one another and to rebuild after the storm. From the DSI web site. Read more

UN Briefing
Superstorm Haiyan: ‘A climate nightmare’ in the Philippines

“I am deeply concerned that the scale of our actions is still insufficient to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. People now face and fear the wrath of a warming planet.” There was reason for alarm in Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s words to the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw, Poland. The conference began just two days after the strongest typhoon ever to make landfall hit the Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation. Rather than presume to tell you about Typhoon Haiyan and its terrible toll, I would like to excerpt from the address made by the Philippines lead negotiator at the Warsaw Conference, Yeb Sano. His words are an eloquent testimony to the resiliency of the human spirit, and a clear challenge to each and every one of us to rouse ourselves from any complacency we may have regarding this profound crisis of our moment in history. Read article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP

What is Earth asking of the Order?
Making choices that build the Kindom of God

What I think Earth is asking us is two-fold: to recognize that she is a source of wisdom, and to see our diminishment (as religious congregations and religious institutions of Western culture) in the context of Earth’s global ecological crisis. Put another way, what Earth is asking us is to realize that we are part of each other, to draw from Earth’s experience, and then do something to make a difference. Read article by Sister Linda Gibler, OP (Houston)

Peace Dominicans
Building a community of sisters in Nigeria

Sisters Margaret Ormond and Roberta Miller traveled recently to Africa to visit with “daughter congregation” the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, founded from an initial mission from the Great Bend Dominicans in 1956. The purpose of the visit was three-fold: to visit with Dominican Sister of Peace missionary Sister Rita Schwarzenberger, to witness the transfer of elected leadership in their community, and to oversee the final evaluation of a three-year grant. Read more

Lay Dominicans
Article focuses on pillars of Dominican life

“The season of autumn has manifested itself in the northern hemisphere with obvious changes in weather and the harvest for many crops. This time also leads us to the realization that the Year of Faith will soon come to a close at the end of November. This year has been a ‘summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world’ (Porta Fidei 6). It has been a time of pilgrimage for us as Catholics and as a Family of Saint Dominic to reflect on what our Faith means to us and how we live it through the sacramental life of the Church and the four pillars of ministry, community, study, and prayer.” Read article by Gerard Elizondo, OP

Sinsinawa Dominicans
‘Nativities of the World’ on display Dec. 3–Jan. 1

The Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents “Nativities of the World” Dec. 3, 2013–Jan. 1, 2014. This exhibit features handcrafted nativities from lands near and far including the United States, Indonesia, Germany, Tanzania, India, Rwanda, Columbia, Ecuador, Jerusalem, Peru, Russia, Ireland, Kenya, and many more countries. Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin. For more information, visit

Faith and Film
12 Years a Slave

No doubt many have already heard of this powerful film. Everything you’ve heard is true. It is intense, brutal, and at times extremely hard to watch… The violence of the beatings may be hard to bear, but they must be acknowledged as part of our nation’s history. The film is the incredible, true story of Solomon Northrup (Chiwetel Ejifor), a free man of color, living in Saratoga, New York, in the 1840s. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

November 6, 2013 October 23, 2013 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, January 8, 2014. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, January 3.


Read about upcoming retreats, events

Don't forget to visit the Coming Events page for the latest news of upcoming retreats and programs in your area.

Coming Events

Nov. 7: Feast of All Saints

In recognition of the Feast of All Saints of the Order of Preachers, a Dominicana blog post featured an excerpt from the “Treatise on the Re-establishment of the Order of Preachers in France.” The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology posted a “Litany of the Dominican Saints and Blesseds.”

Mission San Jose Young Adult Advent Retreat

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose (Fremont, California) are hosting a Young Adult Advent Retreat on Sunday, Dec. 8. RSVP by email or call 510-933-6335.

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Parish priest thanks Amityville sisters

In a recent letter in the Saint Aidan (Long Island, New York) parish bulletin, Monsignor James McDonald expresses gratitude to three Amityville Dominican Sisters, who were also recently honored by their congregation with the Catherine of Siena Award.

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SHOP newsletter

Sister Historians of the Order of Preachers (SHOP) have posted the latest “News from Fanjeaux.”

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IDF newsletter

The International Dominican Foundation has posted its latest newsletter.

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Dominicana blog:
The Office of Lector

In a recent blog post Br. Nicholas Schneider, OP, writes: “On Nov. 9 this year, all eight of us first-year student brothers at the Dominican House of Studies were installed in the office of Lector. This office is a formal step towards ordination to the priesthood, but it is also an office with its own proper function of ‘reading the word of God in the liturgical assembly’.”

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DSC has polo shirts available

The Dominican Sisters’ Conference has a limited number of polo shirts available for $20 each. Contact Sister Mary Sue Kennedy, OP at

Superstorm Haiyan: ‘A climate nightmare’ in the Philippines

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