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October 8, 2014

Photos of the Week

St. Mary’s Dominican High School
Sister Pat Harvat coaches faculty flag football team

When the faculty and seniors at St. Mary’s Dominican High School, New Orleans, Louisiana, played their annual flag football game on Sept. 3 in the school’s Siena Center gym, the faculty’s team coach was marking a special anniversary. It was 47 years ago that Adrian Dominican Sister Pat Harvat, vice president of Catholic identity for the school, entered the Adrian Dominican congregation in Michigan. “Through the years I have had many wonderful experiences and challenges. Coaching a faculty flag football team is one of them,” said Sister Pat. Final score: Faculty 24, seniors 12.

Dominican Sisters’ Conference
Congregational leaders meet in San Antonio

Leaders from congregations of Dominican sisters throughout the United States met Oct. 2–6 at Oblate Theological Center in San Antonio, Texas. During this time, they discussed how to continue collaboratively in mission, and meet the critical needs of our times. Leaders also met with representatives from Dominican Women Afire to learn how they can be supportive to this group.

Above (from left): Facilitator Sister Cathy Bertrand, SSND; and sisters representing Dominican Women Afire: Linda Gibler, OP (Houston); Nery Sori, OP (Adrian); Mae-Dung Nguyen, OP (Peace); and Elizabeth O’Donnell, OP, (Mission San Jose). Photo by Sister Pat Farrell, OP (San Rafael)

Climate March
Dominican sisters, volunteers join thousands in New York

On Sunday, Sept. 21, Dominican Sisters of Hope Pat Jelly, OP, Ann Marie Bucher, OP, and Mary Headley, OP joined many other Dominicans, and hundreds of thousands of people in New York City and around the world to take a stand in the People’s Climate March. The march took place before world leaders convened at the UN for the Climate Summit.

Above from left: Sisters Pat Jelly, OP; Ann Marie Bucher, OP and Mary Headley, OP, with Dominican Volunteers Kelly Litt and Rebecca Morgenstern.

UN Briefing by Kelly Litt: People’s Climate March calls for UN action Read article

Global Sisters Report: Why I’m going to the People’s Climate March, by Sister Pat Siemen, OP (Adrian) Read article

Global Sisters Report: Sisters to march in support of climate change solutions Read article

Catholic News Service: Marchers hope grass-roots action shows urgent need for climate solution Read article

Caldwell Dominicans
Congregation welcomes new associates

In September, the Caldwell Dominicans welcomed five new associates in a moving reception held in the Motherhouse Chapel. Laura Entwistle, Gladys Haynes, Ann Marie McCabe, Kaitlyn McFarlane and Kathleen McFarlane each committed herself to be witness to the Lord’s Gospel in the charism of Dominic and Catherine. The Caldwell Dominican Community also had the opportunity to thank Mary Lanni for her many years of service as director of its Dominican Associates Program. Sisters and associates gave a warm welcome to Vilma Mueller, the program's new director, as well.

Above from left: Mary Lanni, OPA; Kathleen McFarlane, OPA; Sister Kathleen Tuite, OP; Kaitlyn McFarlane, OPA; Sister de Montfort Kinchellagh, OP; Ann Marie McCabe, OPA; Sister Elise Redmerski, OP; Gladys Haynes, OPA; Sister Barbara Moore, OP; Laura Entwistle, OPA.

Maryknoll Sisters
Congregation elects new leadership

Four members of Maryknoll Sisters were elected as new leaders of the congregation at its General Assembly, held Sept. 7-21 in Woodcliff, New Jersey. Convened once every six years, the assembly drew together 147 Maryknoll Sisters from 18 different nations. These sisters served as representatives of the 458-member congregation in nominating and voting on new leadership, as well as reaching decisions on key issues about their mission and congregational life. Read more

Above: The new leadership team for the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic will begin their six-year terms in January 2015. From left: Sisters Numeriana Mojado, vice-president; Anastasia Lott, member; Teruko Ito, member; and Antoinette Gutzler, president.

Dominican Sisters International
Representatives visit Sinsinawa, Peace Dominicans

The Sinsinawa Dominicans welcomed sisters representing Dominican Sisters International (DSI) to Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, Sept. 21–23. DSI International Coordinator Sister Marie Therese Clement, OP, and DSI Continental Coordinator for North America Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP gave a talk on the work of DSI. During the visit, a prayer service was held in conjunction with United Nations International Day of Peace. Read more

Above from left: Sinsinawa Dominican Prioress Sister Mary Ellen Gevelinger, DSI Coordinator Sister Marie Therese Clement, and DSI Continental Coordinator for North America Sister Rose Marie Riley.

During a recent visit to the Columbus, Ohio, motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Sister Joan Scanlon, OP, interviewed DSI International Coordinator Sister Marie Therese Clement, OP. Watch video

Dominican Communicators
Communicators attend CWR 20th anniversary conference

Communications personnel for Dominican congregations of women religious throughout the United States attended the 20th annual conference of Communicators for Women Religious Sept. 30–Oct. 3 in Long Beach, California.

Above from left (front row): Susan Palmer, Maryknoll Sisters; Jean Mullooly, Racine Dominicans; Tricia Buxton, Sinsinawa Dominicans; Dawn Pennington and Aaron Tebrinke, Springfield Dominicans; Teresa Schmidt, Mission San Jose Dominicans. Back row from left: Debra DeRupo, Amityville Dominicans; Kate Martin, San Rafael Dominicans; Stacy Spitler, Grand Rapids Dominicans; Alison Faubert, Hope Dominicans; Alicia Skinner, Caldwell Dominicans; Kara Donsky, Sparkill Dominicans; Sister Margaret McCarthy, OP (Mission San Jose).

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center
Retreat center celebrates 75th anniversary

Rosaryville Spirit Life Center in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, recently marked 75 years with an outdoor Mass and celebration. Bishop Robert Muench of the Diocese of Baton Rouge officiated at the Mass. Sisters and staff enjoyed a blessing from the bishop and fellowship afterward. Robert Vicknair, head of maintenance for Rosaryville (left), was also recognized for 35 years of service.

Above (front row) from left: Sisters Mary Noel, OP; Mary Dominic Savio Storge, OP; Jo Ann Cotterman, OP; Mary Ann Culotta, OP; Charlene Moser, OP; Denise Bourgeois, OP; Marjorie Millet, OP; Mary Edmund Gibson, OP. Back row from right: Suzette Callais (executive director) and Mickey Jiror.

DSC Regional Gathering
Dominican sisters and associates meet in Michigan

Fifty Dominican sisters and associates gathered at St. Mary Magdalen Parish in Brighton, Michigan, on Sept. 13. The attendees represented four Dominican congregations who are members of the Dominican Sisters’ Conference (DSC): Adrian, Grand Rapids, Peace, and Racine. The group convened with the purpose of addressing the question “What is Earth asking of the Dominican Order?” (raised at the DSC convocation), to build better relationships for the sake of mission, and to create a greater sense of connectivity to DSC in order to help move the DSC forward. The meeting was sponsored by Great Lakes Dominican Mission Chapter of the Adrian Dominicans.

Dominicans in Iraq
‘We have family in Iraq’

“Every day, many families leave Iraq, without having a specific place to go, to countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey to apply to the UN for immigration. Some have managed to travel directly to France. Of course, among these people are families of our sisters, a fact that causes additional pain as they see the members of their families scattered in different countries throughout the world.” —Read the Oct. 4 letter from the prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Mosul, Iraq.

Adrian Dominicans
Founding director of NETWORK joins Nuns on the Bus

Sister Carol Coston, OP (Adrian), founding director of the NETWORK Catholic Social Justice Lobby, was one of four “Nuns on the Bus” who recently traveled throughout Michigan, spreading awareness of the crucial 2014 mid-term elections to be held Nov. 4. The third annual Nuns on the Bus tour is travelling to 10 states from Sept. 17–Oct. 20. “Getting reconnected with NETWORK in a very tangible way was one of the highlights,” said Sister Carol, who began the Michigan portion of the tour in Kalamazoo. Read more

UN Briefing
People’s Climate March calls for UN action

On Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, history was made as more than 400,000 people marched through the streets of New York City to call for action and justice on climate change. This being the largest climate march in history was meant to make a loud statement to those gathering for the Climate Summit at the UN the following Tuesday. According to People’s Climate March, there were 2,646 People’s Climate events in 162 countries around the world. Read article by Dominican Volunteer Kelly Litt

Maryknoll Sisters
New documentary ‘Trailblazers in Habits’ to air on ABC

Trailblazers in Habits,” a new documentary about the pioneer work of Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious dedicated to foreign mission, will air on ABC-TV affiliates across the nation, beginning Sept. 28. The program, which is available to stations for broadcast through Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27, tells the story, in the sisters’ own words, of the congregation’s work in education, healthcare, and the cause of social justice. Read more

Human Trafficking
Houston Dominicans host Labyrinth Walk for Freedom

September was Human Trafficking Awareness Month in Houston, Texas. What began as Human Trafficking Awareness Week in September 2007 has expanded to a month-long series of events to call attention to and raise awareness about the prevalence of human trafficking. During “Faith and Freedom” week, the Dominican Sisters of Houston hosted a Labyrinth Walk for Freedom on Sept. 16 inviting community members and friends to join them in praying for an end to human trafficking. Read more

Previous updates:

    Sept 10, 2014
August 27, 2014 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



Liturgical calendar available

The 2015 Liturgical Calendar for the Order of Preachers and Necrology for the U.S. Dominican Provinces and the Province of St. Joseph the Worker, Nigeria, is available through the Central Province's New Priory Press.

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Maryknoll Sisters
in the news

The Catholic Sentinel, offical newspaper of the Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon, recently ran an article about three Maryknoll Sisters who made final vows in September.

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Central Province friars launch newsletter

Read the latest issue of DomCentral Quarterly from the Dominican friars, Province of St. Albert the Great.

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Dolan blesses MSMC's Dominican Center

In September, Cardinal Timothy Dolan blessed the newly renovated Dominican Center at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. He also honored the Dominican Sisters of Hope, who founded the college 87 years ago.

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Free monthly film series at Marywood

Associates of the Grand Rapids Dominican Sisters are offering a free monthly film series on Fridays at the Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Dominican priest addresses spirituality of the musician

Father James Moore, OP, a doctoral student in sacred music at Catholic University in Washington, DC, was the keynote speaker at a spiritual retreat for parish musicians, cantors and music ministers Sept. 26–27 in Sioux City, Iowa.

Read news article in Catholic Globe

Mission San Jose vocation retreat

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California, invite young women (college to age 40) to join them Nov. 7–9 for a Religious Life Discernment Retreat.

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News from the Dominican Insitute for the Arts

Read the latest newsletter from the Dominican Institute for the Arts.

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People’s Climate March calls for UN action

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