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January 7, 2015

Photos of the Week

Sparkill Dominicans
Leadership team visits Dominican sisters in Pakistan

In October and November 2014, the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York, visited the Dominican sisters in Pakistan, in Multan, Loreto and Bahawalpur, where Dominian Convent School is located. In 2008, the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill celebrated 50 years of presence in Pakistan. View more photos

Above: Sister Mary Murray, OP, president of the Sparkill Dominicans, greets two new postulants in Pakistan: Sister Anna Bashir (left) and Sister Mehereen Abas.

Maryknoll Sisters
Congregation installs new leadership team

Sisters Janice McLaughlin and Antoinette Gutzler, the outgoing and incoming presidents of Maryknoll Sisters, each reflected on the past and future of their congregation at a Mass held Jan. 4 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, during which Sister Antoinette, along with Sisters Numeriana Mojado, incoming vice president, Anastasia Lott and Teruko Ito were installed as the new congregational leadership team for Maryknoll Sisters. Read more | View video

Above from left: Sisters Teruko Ito, MM; Antoinette Gutzler, MM, president; Numeriana Mojado, MM, vice president; and Anastasia Lott, MM.

Sinsinawa Dominicans
‘Let’s do something’: Sister Monica responds to need

“No, this project is not my main ministry. No, I didn’t initiate the idea. And no, this is not a second job, to answer a few questions I’ve been asked. This is an urgent, short-term project; a humanitarian response to the outbreak of lethal Ebola.” Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Monica Oboagwina, OP, a native of Nigeria, works for the Amen Foundation in Washington, D.C. Last fall, she volunteered her time to help obtain donations of medical supplies, clothes, food and toys for families in West Africa affected by the Ebola virus. Read more

Above: Sister Monica (right) with volunteers loading the 40-foot container in Washington, D.C.

We have family in Iraq
Delegation of U.S. sisters arrives in northern Iraq

“After four months of exile, there are no signs of hope that the situation here in Iraq will be resolved peacefully,” writes Dominican Sister Maria Hanna from her place of refuge in Kurdistan. “Unable to think or make decisions, everything is vague and we feel as if we have been living a nightmare.” —Sister Maria Hanna (from Our Sunday Visitor)

Three Dominican sisters, Marcelline Koch, OP (Springfield), Durstyne Farnan, OP (Adrian), and Arlene Flaherty, OP (Blauvelt) travelled to northern Iraq on Jan. 5, to visit the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Erbil, Kurdistan. The Global Sisters Report is following their story, and published an article, “We have family in Iraq: A journey in solidarity and love,” on Jan. 4 prior to their trip.

Photos and updates from the trip are being shared on Facebook at

Adrian Dominicans
Iraqi sister earns medical degree at Barry University

Sister Nadiya Shamees’ recent attainment of her master’s in clinical medical science from Barry University will directly benefit her community—the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine—when she serves as a physician’s assistant at her community’s hospital in Iraq. In the presence of about 20 joyful Adrian Dominican Sisters and her 58 cohorts, Sister Nadiya graduated from Barry’s physician’s assistant program during special ceremonies on Dec. 13, 2014. Read story, view photos

UN Briefing
Trafficking in persons: ‘No longer slaves, I call you friends’

Nelson Mandela once said, “To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” We are once again faced with this challenge, as Jan. 11 marks the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the United States and as Pope Francis similarly named Feb. 8 as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. In his recent message for the New Year, Pope Francis wrote against slavery and reminds the world that millions of people are still deprived of their freedoms and rights as they are forced to live in modern day slavery. Read article by Dominican Volunteer Kelly Litt

Mission San Jose Dominicans
‘The Joy of the Gospel,’ Mindfulness Meditation events

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California, are offering the following events beginning this month. Experience the Joy of the Gospel—Join us to pray, read and discuss Pope Francis’ teaching. A series of five presentations Jan. 14, Feb. 4, Mar. 11, Apr. 15, May 6 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. facilitated by Sisters Ingrid Clemmensen, OP and Marcia Krause, OP. Download flyer Mindfulness Meditation: For Healing and Wholeness—10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Jan. 21, April 22, July 15, Oct. 21. Explore ways to train your mind and heart to connect with your true inner self. Each session includes a spiritual focus and practice. Led by Sister Joan Prohaska, OP; Lynette Gullings, RN, and Sister Ingrid Clemmensen, OP. Download flyer

Maryknoll Sisters
Sister Arlene honored for work with deaf in Macau, China

Maryknoll Sister Arlene Trant was honored for her many years of service to the hearing impaired in Macau, China, by the Macao Special Administrative Region at a special ceremony held Dec. 15, 2014 at the Macau Cultural Center. "When I arrived in Macau in 1982, there were very few services for the Deaf,” Sister Arlene recalled recently in an interview with Ponto Final, a daily newspaper of Macau. She was responsible for starting the first sign language classes in Macau. Read more

Sparkill Dominicans
St. John Chrysostom School marks 100 years

On Dec. 12, 2014, Dominican Sisters of Sparkill welcomed guests from St. John Chrysostom parish, Bronx, New York, to Dominican Convent for a celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of St. John’s School. The Dominican Sisters of Sparkill have staffed this school from the start, ministering as teachers and principals there for its entire century of service. The principal of St. John Chrysostom has always been a Dominican Sister from Sparkill. Read story, view photos

Previous updates:

Dec 18, 2014 Dec 5, 2014 Nov 5, 2014
October 22, 2014 October 8, 2014 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

Rosary High School seeks campus minister

Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, is seeking a full time campus minister for the 2015–16
school year.

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Director sought for Dominican Center at Marywood

The Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan, are seeking candidates to fill the full-time position of director of Dominican Center at Marywood. This position will oversee and grow relevant programming and conferencing services at the center.

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Teaching positions at Aquinas Institute

The Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis Missouri, invites applications for a full time position in pastoral theology and a full time position in systematic theology, beginning July 1.

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Trafficking in persons: ‘No longer slaves, I call you friends

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