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July 16, 2014

Photos of the Week

Grand Rapids Dominicans
‘Take me out to the ballgame’… for charity

A group of Grand Rapids (Michigan) Dominican Sisters and employees recently spent some time at the ballpark, enjoying an exhibition softball game between local priests and media to benefit Catholic Charities West Michigan.

Above from left: Sister Maureen Geary, OP (prioress, Grand Rapids Dominicans), Sister Mary Ann Barrett, OP (councilor), and Stacy Spitler, communications director for the Grand Rapids Dominicans.

Caldwell Dominicans
Sisters gather for pre-chapter assembly

More than 100 Caldwell Dominican Sisters and associates met in late June for a two-day pre-chapter assembly. Sisters Eileen Ivory, OP, and Lena Picillo, OP, chaired the event, which was marked by prayerful reflection on the present realities and future discernment for the congregation. As part of the celebration for the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Sister Lena was presented with the Dominican Sisters’ 2014 Peace Award. Read more

Above from left: Small group discussion with Sisters Mary Immaculate McGovern, OP; Judy Rudolph, OP; Kathleen Boyle, OP; and de Montfort Kinchellagh, OP. Above right: Sister Lena Picillo, OP.

Houston Dominicans
Archbishop celebrates anniversary with former teachers

The Dominican Sisters of Houston, Texas, honored The Rev. Joseph Fiorenza (Archbishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Galveston–Houston) on the 60th anniversary of his ordination. The Rev. Joseph celebrated Mass with the sisters, followed by a festive dinner in his honor. He was taught by the Houston Dominicans in elementary and high school at St. Anthony’s in Beaumont, Texas.

Above: Sister Benignus Galiano, OP (Houston), with Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza.

San Rafael Dominicans
Sisters gather for chapter

After a weekend retreat at Santa Sabina Center, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, California, convened June 16–20 for their Chapter of Affairs, themed “Wisdom Stands at the Door and Waits.” Read more

Project OPUS
Dominican historians, scholars meet at McGreal Center

In May, 11 U.S historians and Dominican scholars gathered at the Mary Nona McGreal, OP Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, to plan the writing of “Dominicans on Mission,” the second volume in the series “The Order of Preachers in the United States: A Family History.” Read more

Back row from left: Mary Ewens, OP; Claire Noonan, Karen Kennelly, CSJ; John Vidmar, OP; Diane Kennedy, OP; Jeff Burns, and Janet Welsh, OP. Front row from left: David Wright, Suzanne Noffke, OP; Maggie McGuinness, Liesl Orenic.

UN Briefing
Signs of the Earth’s degradation: Do we care?

I am currently reading a book entitled “Spiritual Ecology: The Cry of the Earth,” a collection of essays edited by Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee. Chief Oren Lyons of the Onondaga Nation reflects on a prophecy of the degradation of Earth. The Onondaga were told that two very important signs would warn them of the extent of this degradation. One would be the acceleration of the winds. The other would be in the way people treated their children. Read article by Sister Margaret Mayce, OP

High Schools Preaching Conference
More than 100 students participate in 16th annual event

A record number of participants—more than 100 students, along with their adult leaders—attended the 16th Annual Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference June 27–July 2 at Siena Heights University and the Adrian Dominican motherhouse campus. Participants represented approximately 30 Dominican and affiliated high schools from across the United States and Puerto Rico. Read more

Nuns in the News
Dominican nuns announce plans to expand monastery

A recent Catholic News Agency article featured the Dominican Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary in Summit, New Jersey (“New Jersey Dominicans launch monastery expansion initiative,” July 9). The Dominican nuns have launched a capital campaign to expand their monastery building. The improvements will also make the chapel more accessible to the public. Read CNA article

Jubilees in July
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

Previous updates:

  July 2, 2014 June 18, 2014
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 30. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, July 25.


Caldwell College now Caldwell University

After 75 years operating as Caldwell College, the institution is now Caldwell University. Caldwell College was founded by the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey, in 1939.

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News from Dominican Sisters’ Conference

Read the latest issue of “In the Loop” from DSC Executive Director Pat Farrell, OP.

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Friars: 14 novices to profess temporary vows

The Dominican Province of St. Joseph has announced that 14 novices have been approved to make their temporary profession of vows on Aug. 15. From Dominican Daily.

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Request for images of poverty

Sister Anna Maria Santiago OP, (Grand Rapids), president of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, is seeking visual images of what poverty looks like and how it is being addressed. These images will be used in her presidential address at the society's 2014 meeting Aug. 15–17 in San Francisco.

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Signs of the Earth’s degradation: Do we care?

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