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June 18, 2014

Photos of the Week

Prayer for Peace in Iraq
(offered by the North American Dominican Justice Promoters)

LCWR joins Iraqi sisters in a call for prayer

International News
Dominican Sisters in Mosul, Iraq

In a recent interview with Marc Lamont Hill on Huffington Post, Sister Donna Markham, OP (Adrian), tells of extreme danger faced by Dominican sisters and brothers and the minority Christian community in Iraq as extremist insurgents invade Iraq. Sister Donna, former prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters, has traveled twice to Iraq. She was also interviewed for an article in the Global Sisters Report (“Iraqi sisters stay as civilians flee Mosul”).

Above: The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq, in 2013

Springfield Dominicans
Sisters, nuns find community in relationship

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, are helping Dominican nuns from Elmira, New York, relocate their monastery to Jubilee Farm in Springfield. On May 31, the Feast of the Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth, Springfield Dominican Sisters M. Loyola Miller, OP; Catherine Stewart, OP; and M. Ancilla Caulfield, OP, visited the nuns in Elmira. The nuns will be living with the sisters in Siena Hall (Springfield motherhouse) as they wait for the completion of their new monastery. In a recent article, the nuns wrote: “The Springfield sisters have brought us the strength, joy and encouragement of Christ just as Mary brought help and support to Elizabeth.” Read more on the web site of the Order of Preachers

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Vietnamese sister professes final vows in Sinsinawa

In May, Sister M. Anne Do Thi Lien, OP (Dominicans of Bui Chu, Vietnam) made her perpetual profession of vows at the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominicans, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. Sister Maria Do Thi Hong, OP, prioress of Bui Chu, traveled from Vietnam to receive Sister Anne’s vows. The Mass and profession were broadcast live over the Internet so that the family and sisters of Sister Anne in Vietnam could share in the celebration. Read article, view photos on Dominican Sisters International web site

Jubilees in June
Sisters celebrate anniversaries of religious life

Dominican sisters across the United States are celebrating anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious this month. Many of the congregations feature stories and photos about their Jubilarians online. We’ve compiled a list of congregations celebrating Jubilees, and links to more information. The list is being updated regularly, so please check back. Read more

UN Briefing
Special rapporteur on Right to Food concludes final term

Olivier de Schutter recently concluded his second and final term as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. Since taking the position in 2008, de Schutter has connected global trends in food systems, and highlighted the systemic challenges therein. With his valuable analyses and contributions, the conversation on food has become a fuller, more integrated one. Read article by Dominican Volunteer Abby McCrary

Sister in the News
Sister helps parents in prison connect with their children

Sister Ruth Poochigian, OP (Sinsinawa) was interviewed for a recent article in the Wisconsin State Journal (Madison), “Program gives prison parents chance to read for children.” Sister Ruth works in prison ministry in Wisconsin, and participates in Reading Connections, a program that gives parents in prison the opportunity to read to their children through the use of video. Read article

Maryknoll Sisters
Sister Joanna helps free unjustly imprisoned man

Sister Joanna Chan, MM, a frequent visitor to Sing Sing Correctional Facility in Ossining, New York, believed inmate Eric Glisson when he told her that he was innocent. Sister Joanna, known as “Grandma” to the prisoners, has volunteered for 12 years at the prison. Chan put Glisson in touch with a lawyer, and Glisson was released in October 2012. The story was featured June 6 on NBC Dateline. Watch video

Dominican Friars, Central Province
Priests honored by Catholic Theological Union

During the May 15 commencement ceremony, Chicago’s Catholic Theological Union (CTU) presented honorary doctorates to two Dominican priests of the Central Province, the Rev. Charles W. Dahm, OP, and the Rev.Thomas F. O’Meara, OP. CTU awarded Fr. Dahm a doctorate in ministry, honoris causa, and Fr. O’Meara a doctorate in theology, honoris causa. Read article on the Central Province web site

Adrian Dominicans
Life Directions celebrates 40 years of mentoring youth

In May, Life Directions, an intergenerational youth mentoring program co-founded by Sister Rosalie Esquerra, OP (Adrian), celebrated 40 years of making a difference in the lives of young people. The mission of Life Directions, founded in 1973 in Detroit, Michigan, is to “motivate young adults, ages 13–35, especially the economically poor and ‘at-risk,’ to mature into responsible, productive adults through self-direction.” Read more

Previous updates:

June 4, 2014 May 21, 2014 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, July 2. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, June 27.


New web site for OPSCC

Dominican Sisters in Committed Collaboration (OPSCC) has launched a new web site.

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Videos on Dominican spirituality

The English Province of the Dominicans recently organized a series of talks with the Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth entitled “Dominican Spirituality: To Learn Christ’s Truth and Pass It On.” From Dominican Daily.

Link to videos

Dominican nuns offer vocation event

The Dominican Nuns of Corpus Christi Monastery in Menlo Park, California, are offering a Vocation Discernment Event on July 12.

More info

Catherine of Siena scholar recognized

Sister Suzanne Noffke, OP (Racine) has been made an honorary associate by the board of directors of the International Center for Catherinian Studies. Sister Suzanne translated into English the complete works of Catherine of Siena (The Dialogue, The Prayers, and approximately 385 letters published in a four-volume series).

Sinsinawa Mound hosts July 4 concert

The annual Patriotic Concert will be held at Sinsinawa Mound (Sinsinawa, Wisconsin) at 2 p.m. Friday, July 4. The theme of the concert is “America: Retrospective Tribute,” honoring Sister Dorothy Hughes, OP (1924–2013), and Wayne Hansen, longtime members and leaders of the Sinsinawa Strings Orchestra. The concert is free and open to the public.

More info

Special rapporteur on Right to Food concludes final term

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