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April 23, 2014

Photos of the Week

Peace Dominicans
Leadership for Peace

On a sunny Saturday in early April, a group of young women and Dominican sisters came together to participate in Leadership for Peace, a collaborative project of Dominican Sisters of Peace and Ohio Dominican University. The participants learn peace-building skills related to interpersonal negotiation and mediation, addressing injustices, and forgiveness and reconciliation. Read article by Sister Cathy Arnold, OP (Peace)

Dominican College of Blauvelt
Students volunteer with Habitat during spring break

Students from Dominican College of Blauvelt in New York partnered with Habitat for Humanity at three different sites in March for an alternative spring break. Twelve students and two staff members traveled to Baltimore, Maryland and Macon, Georgia; closer to home, 10 students and two staff members were in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Read article by Sister Joan Smith, OP (Blauvelt)

Above: Students gathered in the college chapel for a commissioning service before heading out to their Habitat volunteer sites

Earth Day
Blauvelt sisters celebrate Earth Day at the motherhouse

The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt, New York, celebrated Earth Day at their motherhouse with prayer and a tree blessing.

Tacoma Dominicans
Catherine Place featured in News Tribune

A recent article in the Tacoma, Washington, News Tribune featured Catherine Place, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma. Catherine Place, a shelter for women in need, is described in the article as “a place where women enduring abuse, loss, hard times or loneliness can come and tell their story—and where someone is always willing to listen.” The Dominican Sisters founded Catherine Place in 2000. Read article in News Tribune

Maryknoll Sisters
Brooklyn sister working to help Ethiopian TB patients

Maryknoll Sister Rosemarie Milazzo of Brooklyn, New York, recently travelled to Addis Ababa to work with Harvard University’s Global Medical Committee to develop support groups for medication-resistant tuberculosis patients in Ethiopia. Sister Ro has been travelling once a year to Ethiopia, visiting with patients and documenting their progress, trying to encourage them and give them hope that wellness is a possibility. Read more

Justice Promoters
Houston Dominicans host annual meeting

The Central-South Dominican Justice Promoters gathered for their annual meeting April 10–11 at the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas. Hosted by Houston Justice Promoter, Ceil Roeger, OP, the group received excellent Dominican hospitality, as well as time to connect with one of their partners in the pursuit of immigration reform. Carlos Duarté of Mi Familia Vota joined the group to discuss his non-partisan organization’s work to register Latino voters and empower them to use their vote. Read article by Christopher Matthias

Peace Dominicans
Mission Immersion event scheduled for May 12–16

The Dominican Sisters of Peace invite single women ages 18 to 45 to spend a week at a community soup kitchen, an ecological farm, or another service project May 12–16 in Columbus, Ohio. Live, pray, work, play and build community with the Dominican Sisters each day. Read more

San Domenico School
San Domenico receives Green Ribbon Schools Award

On Earth Day, San Domenico School, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, California, was honored with the Green Ribbon Schools Award from the U.S. Department of Education for excellence in sustainability practices. On the San Domenico web site, Cecily Stock, head of school, writes, “What began with the vision of Sister Gervaise to design and cultivate a one-acre working organic garden in 1994, to having the largest school solar installation in Marin County today, our focus on environmental education, engagement and stewardship has always been at the core of who we are and what we do.” Read more

Faith and Film

“Noah” is one of the more bizarre movies I’ve seen in a long time. The Transformer-like creatures that appear in “Noah” are apparently Aronofsky’s interpretation of the obscure passage Genesis 6:1-4, which immediately precedes the story of Noah and the ark. If you’ve ever wondered how Noah and his small family built such a large ark, Aronofsky suggests that these creatures did a good bit of the work. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

  April 9, 2014 March 19, 2014
March 5, 2014 February 19, 2014 February 5, 2014
January 22, 2014 January 8, 2014 Nov 22, 2013
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, May 7. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, May 2.


Sisters offer reflection booklet

The Catholic Sisters for a Healthy Earth, a coalition of women’s religious communities in Southwestern Wisconsin and Eastern Iowa, including the Sinsinawa Dominicans, have prepared a free 16-page booklet suggesting simple actions to help families reach the goal of sustainable living.

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Houston Dominicans host Earth Day event April 26

Join the Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas as they celebrate Earth Day with prayer and a walk on the Labyrinth at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at their motherhouse.

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Global Sisters Report launches web site

Global Sisters Report, a project of The National Catholic Reporter, has launched a web site. Global Sisters Report is an “independent, non-profit source of news and information about Catholic sisters and the critical issues facing the people they serve.”
(A painting by Dominican Sister Barbara Schwarz, OP accompanies an article by Sister Elizabeth Johnson.)

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Barry University named among Top 10

For the second year in a row, Barry University, led by Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, president, was named among the Top 10 non-profit organizations in Florida run by a woman. The university received this recognition from The Commonwealth Institute of South Florida.

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Mission San Jose Dominicans offer Young Adult Retreat

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, California, are offering a Young Adult Retreat from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 3 at their motherhouse in Fremont.

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Mother’s Day event at Sinsinawa Mound

“A Mother’s Story: Yours, Mine, and Ours,” will be held Saturday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.

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Gender equality: He for She Campaign

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