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August 27, 2014

Photos of the Week

Province of St. Martin de Porres
Renewal of vows, simple profession in Texas

Brother Carl Joseph Paustian, OP (above), renewed his vows for two years at St. Albert the Great Priory and Novitiate in Irving, Texas Aug. 10. Br. Carl Joseph will petition for solemn (permanent) vows with the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Martin de Porres (Southern Province) in two years.

Brother Carl Joseph began his novitiate year in August 2011, and professed simple (temporary) vows for two years in August 2012. For the next year, he will be assigned to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Community in Lubbock, Texas, for a pastoral year. He will work at the Catholic Campus Ministry at Texas Tech University and at St. Elizabeth’s Parish.

On the evening of Aug. 10, the Province of St. Martin de Porres also celebrated the rite of simple profession of Brothers Joseph Paul Albin, OP, and Hugo Rafael Rojas, OP, at Holy Trinity Seminary Chapel in Irving (below).

Dominican Volunteers USA
New class begins year of service with orientation

Eighteen young women and men were commissioned as the newest class of Dominican Volunteers on Aug. 12 after a week-long orientation at Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in Wisconsin. Read article by Michael Chapuran, DVUSA executive director.

Above: This year’s class of Dominican Volunteers with Sisters Marcella Connolly, OP and Mary Kremer, OP. In 1973, Sisters Marcella and Mary founded the Apostolic Volunteers program that grew into DVUSA.

Molloy College
Colloquium draws more than 200 participants

Molloy College, Rockville Centre, New York, was the host site for the 13th Biennial Dominican Colleges & Universities Colloquium in mid-June. More than 200 participants representing 14 Dominican colleges/universities across the country attended the conference. The theme of the event was “Inspiring Compassion, Fostering Engagement.” Sister Dorothy Fitzgibbons, OP, EdD, Molloy’s vice president for mission integration, served as colloquium coordinator. Keynote speakers were Gregory Heille, OP (Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great), professor of homiletics and academic dean at Aquinas Insitute of Theology; Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville), NGO representative at the United Nations for the Dominican Leadership Conference; and Toni Harris, OP (Sinsinawa), international promoter for justice and peace for Dominican Sisters International from 2007 to 2013. The next colloquium will be held at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2016.

Maryknoll Sisters
Centenarian sister ministered in China

Sister Paulita Hoffmann, MM, a missioner to China, who spent time during that country’s early Communist era under house arrest, celebrated her 100th birthday Aug. 13. A private celebration with family and friends was held at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, near Ossining, New York. Read more

Mission San Jose Dominicans
Sister Dulce makes perpetual profession of vows

Sister Dulce Sarai Aguilar Rodriguez (right) made her perpetual profession to Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, on Aug. 9 during a joyous Eucharistic celebration in the motherhouse chapel in Fremont, California. Sister Dulce graduated in June from California State University, Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and will begin teaching fourth grade at Santa Teresita Elementary in East Los Angeles.

Dominican Family Build
Helping to rebuild homes, lives in the Rockaways

During the week of Aug. 17–21, 20 sisters, associates and young people from Amityville, Blauvelt, Sparkill, and Sinsinawa participated in the first Dominican Family Build in the Rockaways, Long Island, New York. Read article by Sister Gina Fleming, OP (Amityville)

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sister Christin Tomy received into the novitiate

At her reception into the congregation of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, two weeks ago, Sister Christin Tomy reflected on the reasons she is saying “yes” to vowed religious life as a Dominican sister.

Houston Dominicans
Sisters recognized for human trafficking efforts

In July, the Dominican Sisters of Houston were recognized for their longstanding commitment to raising awareness of human trafficking. United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), formerly Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition, held a gathering in July to announce a name change and thank volunteers, friends and supporters. The organization presented the sisters with the North Star Award “for your long-standing support in the fight for freedom.” Maria Trujillo, executive director of UAHT, noted that the Dominican Sisters were one of the first groups in Houston to raise awareness about human trafficking in the late 1990s, and the congregation was one of the first members of the Houston Rescue and Restore Coalition.

Above from left: Houston Dominican Sisters Kitty Carter, OP; Jane Abell, OP; and Ceil Roeger, OP at the UAHT event.

Dominicans in Iraq
‘We have family in Iraq’

Aug. 23 Letter from Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena

Aug. 18 “U.S. Dominicans praying, ‘agonizing’ for Iraqi Dominicans, villagers” (NCR Global Sisters Report)

Aug. 14 Master of the Order issues plea for urgent action on Iraq

Ways to help

We continue to share our daily struggle with you, hoping that our cry will reach the world… We entered the third week of displacement. Things are moving very slowly in terms of providing shelter, food, and necessities for the people. There are still people living in the streets… We are speaking about two minorities (Christian and Yezedians), who lost their land, their homes, their belongings, their jobs, their money, some have been separated from their families and loved ones, and all are persecuted because of their religion… It is hard to believe that this is happening in the 21st century.” —from the Aug. 23 letter from the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq

Springfield Dominicans
Literacy center director featured in Chicago Tribune

Sister Kathleen Ryan, OP, director of the Dominican Literacy Center in Aurora, Illinois, was featured in a recent article in the Life & Style section of the Chicago Tribune. Amy Manion, past president of the center's board, had the following to say about Sister Kathy in the article: “There are two kinds of people—battery chargers and battery drainers. Sister Kathleen (Ryan) is a battery charger. She inspires the students and tutors.” Read article

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Diocese of Orlando, Florida, honors Sister Rosemary

Sister Rosemary Hickmann, OP, was honored with the Bishop Norbert M. Dorsey Award Aug. 8 in Orlando. Sister Rosemary served as associate superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Orlando from 1997 to 2011. Read more

Hope Dominicans
Basketball association honors Sister Jean Spena

Dominican Sister of Hope Jean Spena, OP, and Rita Kearney were honored by the Monsignor Donovan Griffin Basketball Association Aug. 14 in Tom’s River, New Jersey. Sister Jean was applauded for more than 40 years of coaching and bringing basketball to the Saint Joseph Grade School Community. Read more

Dominican Retreats Summer 2015
Deepening the Dominican Spirit, Rhineland Mystics

Sister Jeanne Goyette, OP, announces the following summer retreat/pilgrimage opportunities with Sister Mary O’Driscoll, OP, in summer 2015: Deepening the Dominican Spirit (Fanjeaux) June 15–23 for all those involved in Dominican-based ministries, and Rhineland Mystics July 15–23. Fanjeaux brochure | Fanjeaux registration form | Rhineland brochure | Rhineland registration form

Faith and Film

“Boyhood” is the highly acclaimed new film from writer-director Richard Linklater. This is the coming-of-age story of Mason, a Texas boy who we see grow from the age of 6 to going away to college. What makes “Boyhood” unique is that it was actually filmed over a 12-year period using the same actors. In this way, actor Ellar Coltrane, who plays Mason, actually does grow up on camera. Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke play the parents of Mason and Samantha. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

Previous updates:

  August 13, 2014 July 30, 2014
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, Sept. 10. Deadline for submission of articles/photos is Friday, Sept. 5.


Christians in Iraq: Radio interview

Two weeks ago, Dominican Sisters Beth Murphy, OP (Springfield) and Rihab Mousa were interviewed on Chicago's WBEZ-FM for a segment titled “Iraqi Christians Under Attack.” The sisters talked about working with Iraqi refugees and what is happening to Iraq's Christian community.

Listen to interview

Notre Dame preaching conference talks available

Several Dominicans gave keynote addresses and workshops at the “To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization Conference” in late June at the University of Notre Dame. Videos of the presentations are available online.

View talks

Sparkill Dominicans: Pakistani sisters in the news

Pakistani Sisters Catherine Bashir, a teacher, and Violet Sampour, a school nurse, were interviewed this month for an article in the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report.

Read article

Sister co-authors article on retirement

Sister Mary Hopkins, OP (Sinsinawa) and Brother Wayne Fitzpatrick, MM, co-wrote the article “A Lifetime of Transitions” in the summer newsletter of the National Religious Retirement Organization.

Read more

High school welcomes nuns as teachers

Two Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia, Sisters Rita Marie and Marie Monique, will be the first nuns in 20 years to teach at St. Benedict at Auburndale High School in Cordova, Tennessee.

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

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