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May 7, 2014

Photos of the Week

Dominican Associates
Congregations celebrate new and renewing associates

On Sunday, April 27, during Easter Vespers, the Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, New York, welcomed three new associates: Elizabeth Keihm, Carmela Lubrano and Frances Notter. The following associates renewed their commitments: Mary Calandrino, Marie Gilmore, Charlotte McWeeney, Nicole Memnon, and Lorraine Schneider (five years); Adelaide Burnett, Nora Hartley, Rita Hynes, and Marie Positano (20 years); Anne Burke (25 years), and Cathleen Quinn (30 years). View video

Six women were formally welcomed into Associate Life with the Adrian Dominican Sisters during the Ritual of Acceptance, held April 27, in St. Catherine Chapel at the motherhouse in Adrian, Michigan. Read more, view photos

On Sunday, May 4, the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois welcomed 21 new Dominican Associates—women and men who have made a personal commitment to accompany the Dominican Sisters of Springfield on a life-long journey of prayer, study and preaching. More than 300 other Springfield Dominican Associates in the United States and Peru share the Dominican spirit and mission of preaching the Word and witnessing Gospel values. Read more, view photo

Hope Dominicans
Congregation elects new leadership

The Dominican Sisters of Hope (Ossining, New York) held their General Chapter April 22–27. The meeting, held once every five years, calls the sisters together to renew relationships, engage in deeper conversations around the congregation’s vision and values, and to discuss the sisters’ legacy and future developments. During Chapter, the congregation also elected a new Leadership Team: Sister Lorelle Elcock, OP was elected to a second term as Prioress. Sister Judith Brunell, OP was elected to a second term as Councilor. Sister Catherine Walsh, OP, Sister Constance Lynn Kelly, OP, and Sister Margaret Anderson, OP, were also elected as Councilors. This team will serve for five years until the next Chapter meeting in 2019.

Above from left: Sisters Margaret Anderson, OP; Constance Lynn Kelly, OP; Catherine Walsh, OP; Judy Brunell, OP and Lorelle Elcock, OP (prioress)

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Mass marks milestone for Marywood Legacy Campaign

To celebrate both achieving their Phase I goal of raising $4 million for the Marywood Legacy Campaign and St. Catherine of Siena’s Feast Day, the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids hosted a special Mass, celebrated by Bishop Emeritus Walter A. Hurley, on April 29 at Dominican Chapel/Marywood located on the Marywood Campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Read more

Above: Bishop Emeritus Walter A. Hurley leading the Mass. At his left is Sister Mary Ann Barrett, OP (Grand Rapids).

Caldwell College
English professor Sister Brigid retires after 43 years

Sister Brigid Brady, OP (Caldwell), a long-time presence in the Caldwell College English Department, will be retiring from teaching this May, having begun her service to the College in 1971. Sister Brigid , along with three other employees, was recognized recently at a campus gathering of faculty and administrators. A specialist in Medieval Literature, Sister Brigid has been highly regarded as a regional presenter on that subject as well as in the area of the history of the English language. Sister Brigid also holds the unique distinction of being the only living Caldwell Dominican sister to be a native of the town of Caldwell, New Jersey.

Summer Camps
Send your kids to camp with the Dominican Sisters

Registration is underway for the following summer programs: WeHaKee Camp for Girls (Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin), Dominican Faith Camp (Springfield Dominicans, Springfield, Illinois), and Ecology Camp at the Farm (Racine Dominicans, Eco-Justice Center, Racine, Wisconsin).

UN Briefing
Mentoring and motivating future leaders at the UN

One of my greatest joys in this position as the Dominican NGO representative at the United Nations is the opportunity to mentor some wonderful young people. Fungai Mboko, a student at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, arrived amidst the cold and snow of January. A native of Zimbabwe, he brought a wonderful mix of high energy, warmth, critical thinking, and great humor to the office. Fungai and the other young people who have graced this office have been a source of great inspiration and hope for me. Read article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP, and Fungai’s reflections on his experience at the UN

Caldwell Dominicans
Sister Pat honored for promoting responsible investing

On April 30, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) and the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment (Tri-Cri) presented Sister Patricia Daly, OP (Caldwell) with the 2014 Joan Bavaria Award at the Ceres conference in Boston. The Joan Bavaria Award “honors unique investor, business, and NGO leaders who are working to transform the capital markets into a system that balances economic prosperity with social and environmental concerns.” Sister Pat has worked in the field of corporate responsibility and socially responsible investing for more than 35 years. Read more

Adrian Dominicans
Sister Maura celebrates 100th birthday

Friends and family, former colleagues, and Adrian Dominican Sisters and associates gathered at the Adrian Dominican motherhouse April 25 to celebrate the 100th birthday of Sister Maura Phillips, OP, who also this year celebrates her 75th Jubilee as an Adrian Dominican Sister. Read more

Racine Dominicans
New Siena Retreat Center in the news

On May 9, the Racine Dominican Sisters will host an invitation-only grand opening of the new Siena Retreat Center, built in 2013 in Racine, Wisconsin. The retreat center is part of the Siena on the Lake project, a joint venture of the Racine Dominican Sisters and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine. The new retreat center was featured in a recent article in the Racine Journal Times newspaper. Read article

Maryknoll Sisters
Congregation president to receive honorary degree

Sister Janice McLaughlin, president of Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, Connecticut, at commencement May 18. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Sister Janice is being honored “for her extraordinary service to the mission of the Maryknoll Sisters, for her passionate commitment to the people of Zimbabwe and her support for education.” Read more

Previous updates:

April 23, 2014 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 21. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, May 16.


Call to Mysticism: Retreat for Dominican Associates

Sister Ann Marie Rimmer, OP (Caldwell) will lead a retreat for Dominican Sisters and Associates May 16–18 at Holy Family Seaside Convent in Ventnor, New Jersey. Call Pat Hannon at 845-268-0601 or email

DVI news

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Dominican Lay Scholars news

Read the latest newsletter from the Dominican Lay Scholars Community.

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Summer rental opportunity July 5–12

The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt are offering Holy Family Convent in Ventnor, New Jersey for a one-week rental July 5–12. The house has 13 bedrooms and seven full bathrooms. Contact Sister Lauria Fitzgerald by phone 718-293-2390 or email.

Maryknoll Mission Institute

Sponsored by the Maryknoll Sisters, the goal of the Maryknoll Mission Institute is to provide continuing education and renewal programs for missioners and others engaged in cross-cultural ministries in their local churches. This summer's programs include “Women Mystics: Drinking from the Well of Women's Spiritual Tradition,” “Feisty Bible Women: Prayer and the Arts,” and “Let's Get Real: Finding & Following God in Our Everyday Lives.”

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Mentoring and motivating future leaders at the UN

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