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May 21, 2014

Photos of the Week

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
Nun Run celebrates 75 years of Dominican presence

On Saturday, May 10, Rosaryville Spirit Life Center, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, held its first annual “Nun Run, a race like NUN other” amid thunderstorms. Heavy rains on Friday increased speculation of cancelling the run and moving the celebration indoors, but miraculously, the deluge stopped for the event and returned after everything was over. Families were invited to participate, with younger children given craft projects, while parents and older siblings chose to run or walk along a 5K or a one-mile route on Rosaryville’s beautiful grounds. The NUN RUN was part of a year-long celebration honoring the Dominican Sisters’ contributions to area churches, schools and hospitals over the past 75 years. The retreat center is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Dominican Volunteers USA
Silent auction raises $24K, honors Georgia sisters

Dominican Volunteers USA held its third annual Silent Auction at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, on April 26. More than $24,000 was raised to support the post-graduate service program sponsored by 18 congregations and provinces in the U.S. Dominican Family. The event was attended by 150 people including the joint boards of DVUSA, friends, family, sisters, friars, with more than 30 alumni and current volunteers present.

Above: The Fourth Annual DVUSA Mission Award was presented to Penn Community, five Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in Atlanta, Georgia, who have opened their hearts and home to Dominican Volunteers for 24 years. Four of the sisters attended the silent auction and received video tributes from volunteer alumni.

Houston Dominicans
Dominican Family ‘walks side by side’ with the sisters

On April 27, the Dominican Sisters of Houston and members of the Dominican Family gathered to celebrate commitment and re-commitments of Dominican Family members. The program, initiated in 2008 by Sister Carol Mayes, OP (Houston), involves a two-year formation process. The group has a mission statement and leadership structure. At the ceremony, 11 people made their First Commitment for one year. Each made a brief comment on which of the Dominican pillars of Prayer, Study, Community and Preaching resonated with them, and how they would live the Dominican life. Read more

Sparkill Dominicans
Sisters host ‘Catch the Fire’ Youth Day

The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, hosted their first youth event at the Dominican Convent on Sunday, April 27. The gathering, titled “Catch the Fire” Youth Day, welcomed nearly 50 seventh and eighth grade children from local parishes in the Rockland County area for an afternoon of conversation, celebration, and mission. Sister Margaret Palliser, OP, who led the committee that organized the event, commented, “We wanted to create an atmosphere where the children could interact informally with the sisters, asking whatever questions they wanted. We were very excited because their conversations revealed that the children were indeed very curious about who sisters are, what they do, and why they choose to become sisters.” Read more

Hope Dominicans
Mount Saint Mary College will miss Sister Catherine

Sister Catherine Walsh, OP, was elected to the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Hope at the congregation’s chapter last month. She will be retiring from her post as professor of Communication Arts and chair of the Division of Arts and Letters at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. Jillian Torre, co-managing editor of the Mount Messenger, penned a farewell. Read letter

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Heritage exhibit opens June 7

Sinsinawa Art Gallery presents the Ninth Annual Sinsinawa Dominican Heritage Exhibit June 7–Aug. 8. This exhibit features art work by Sinsinawa Dominican Sister artists, as well as various works from the motherhouse collection. In addition, this summer’s show will feature delightful interpretations of the life of Father Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, created by first, second, and third graders from Blessed Sacrament School in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sister in the News
Sister feels ‘humbled’ by call to be ‘healing presence’

San Rafael Dominican Sister Mary Kieffer, OP, is vice president of mission integration at St. Rose Dominican Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. She recently talked about her ministry and her vocation to vowed religious life with a reporter from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Read article

Faith and Film
Heaven is for Real

“Heaven Is for Real,” based on the best-selling book of the same name, tells the story of Colton Burpo, son of a Protestant minister, Todd, and his wife, Sonja. This small movie has become a surprise hit. It appeals to both Protestant and Catholic Christians. The movie has the feel of a cable TV movie, made on a modest budget. In a way, this works in the film’s favor: it’s simple and straightforward, without dazzling sets or special effects. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

    May 7, 2014
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, June 4. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, May 30.


Register kids now
for Camp Kateri

Camp Kateri is a week-long day and overnight summer camp at Rosaryville Spirit Life Center (Ponchatoula, Louisiana). Established in the 1960s, the program offers an exciting and enriching summer camp experience for boys and girls ages 7–13.

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Adrian Sisters host Come and See

The Adrian Dominican Sisters (Adrian, Michigan) are offering a Come and See event June 6–8. Learn more about the Adrian Dominican Sisters and God’s call in your life.

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Latest news from SHOP

Sister Historians of the Order of Preachers (SHOP) have published their latest newsletter.

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Audio recordings of Dominican poets

Fr. Matthew Powell, OP (St. Joseph Province), associate professor in the Department of Theatre, Dance and Film at Providence College, has assembled an anthology of poems by Dominican friars, sisters and laity. He has made a few audio recordings of poems from the collection available, in advance of the book’s release. From Dominican Daily.

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Sister Mary Alice
in Huffington Post

Sister Mary Alice Hannan, OP (Hope) shared the commencement stage with former New York Yankees player Tino Martinez May 17 at Fordham University. Both were recipients of honorary doctorates. Sister Mary Alice served as executive director of Part of the Solution in the Bronx, and founded Desda's Gate, a shelter for homeless women and children.

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Grand Rapids Dominicans offer Come and See

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan, invite single Catholic women to learn more about the life of a Dominican sister on June 1 from 9:14 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Mentoring and motivating future leaders at the UN

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