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July 30, 2014

Photos of the Week

Dominican Institute for the Arts
Summer gathering celebrates art and spirituality

Dominican artists from as far away as England gathered July 24–26 in Adrian, Michigan, to celebrate and share their artistic gifts, socialize, pray, and reflect together on the gathering’s theme: “Art and Spirituality: Two Sides of the Same Coin.” The program was held at Weber Retreat and Conference Center on the motherhouse grounds of the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Read more

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Seminar: ‘Catholic Religious Life in a New Millennium’

Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters Maureen Geary, OP, Lucianne Siers, OP, and Mary Ann Barrett, OP, were among more than 230 people attending a recent seminar on religious life presented by distinguished theologian and author Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM, at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. The week-long program included presentations and facilitated discussion on the meaning of vowed religious life in today’s world.

Pictured above are some of the 29 members of the Dominican family who attended the seminar at Saint Mary’s.

Province of St. Martin de Porres
Novice brothers to profess simple vows Aug. 10

Joseph Paul Albin and Hugo Rafael Rojas will make temporary profession of two years to the Order of Preachers in the Southern Dominican Province Aug. 10. Joseph Paul and Hugo Rafael began their canonical novitiate year last August at St. Albert the Great Priory in Irving, Texas. At that time, they began a rigorous process of discernment which includes daily praying of the Liturgy of the Hours, personal prayer, study and reflection, accompaniment of the poor, elderly and infirm as well as duties pertaining to the regular life of the community. Read article by Fr. Scott O’Brien, OP

Above from left: Hugo Rafael Rojas and Joseph Paul Albin

Adrian Dominicans
Sister JoAnn reflects on 20 years of ministry to Indians

For 20 years, Sister JoAnn Fleischaker has been actively involved in the lives of Indians (Native Americans) in Northwestern Oklahoma: providing emergency food and clothing when needed; educating young women about how to prevent fetal alcohol syndrome; sponsoring a senior citizen lunch program; tutoring children after school; helping adults studying for their GED; counseling; advocating for families with the Department of Human Services; offering a medical clinic; and occasionally attending religious ceremonies. Read more

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Exhibit showcases work by Iowa natives

Sinsinawa Art Gallery, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, will host “Nature: Water and Wonder” Aug. 12 through Sept. 30, 2014. The show will feature the work of two Iowa natives, glass art by Barb Zehentner McKinlay and photography by Stephanie Funke. An opening reception will be held Friday, Aug. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. Read more

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

Dominican Retreat and Conference Center
Drawing mandalas with Brother Mickey Aug. 15–17

Renowned artist Mickey O’ Neill McGrath, OSFS will present “Drawing Close to God: Creating Prayer Mandalas” Aug. 15–17 at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center in Niskayuna, New York. With Hildegard of Bingen as guide and inspiration, participants will use basic materials and simple shapes to discover inner peace and the presence of God. No prior art talent or experience required. Br. Mickey’s work and ministry have been featured in the St. Anthony Messenger, USA Today, and many Catholic newspaper articles around the country. Several of his covers for America Magazine have been given awards by the Catholic Press Association. He creates art for many of today’s leading Catholic publishers, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information or to register, visit

Faith and Film
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Begin Again

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is a worthy successor to 2011’s “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” “Begin Again” is a memorable independent movie about street musicians in New York, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo. Reviews by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

July 16, 2014 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, Aug. 13. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, Aug. 8.


Dominicans hit the streets in Charlottesville

On Friday, July 11, the Dominican community in Charlottesville, Virginia, led a street-evangelization event in the city’s downtown, gathering together young adults, Dominican friars, and Dominican sisters to sing and talk with passers-by. From Dominican Daily.

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Fr. Timothy Radcliffe in the news

Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former Master of the Dominican Order, spoke July 8 at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. The lecture was featured in an article in The Catholic Transcript Online.

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Rosarian Academy seeks head of school

Rosarian Academy, a pre-K-8 school in West Palm Beach, Florida, founded and sponsored by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, is seeking a permanent Head of School.

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Holy Land Pilgrimage at Weber Center
June 8–13, 2015

Unable to travel in person to the Holy Land? This is an opportunity for you to experience a journey and sacred place without leaving the country. Availability is limited; register early.

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

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