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May 28, 2015

Photos of the Week

Maryknoll Sisters
Celebrating the beatification of Archbishop Romero

More than 350 people gathered at the Queen of Apostles Chapel at the Maryknoll Mission Center in Ossining, New York, for a Mass MaY 23 to celebrate the beatification of Oscar Romero, Archbishop of El Salvador. Archbishop Romero was assassinated while celebrating Mass in the hospital Church of the Divine Providence in San Salvador on March 24, 1980. The celebration was presented by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Maryknoll Sisters, Maryknoll Lay Missioners and Maryknoll Affiliates. Read more

Above: Sister Josephine Lucker, MM, who served in El Salvador from 1997 to 2004, reads from II Chronicles 24: 18-21 during the Mass.

Sparkill Dominicans
Sisters welcome three novices in Pakistan

On May 9, the Sparkill congregation in Pakistan gathered to celebrate the reception of three young postulants—Mehreen Abbas, Reema Ashraf and Anna Bashir. “We are very grateful for these courageous young women,” said Sister Eileen Gannon, a member of the congregation’s Leadership Team who recently visited the community in Pakistan and spent time with each woman. “They are a true gift to us, to our greater Dominican Family, and to the people and community that surround them in Pakistan.” Read more

Eastern Province
Eight friars ordained to the priesthood

On May 22, eight friars of the Dominican Province of St. Joseph were ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Charles Brown at the St. Dominic’s Church in Washington, D.C.: Fathers Thomas More Garrett, John Maria Devaney, Boniface Endorf, Gabriel Joseph Torretta, Innocent Vincent Smith, Charles Shonk, Vincent Ferrer John Bagan, and Philip Neri Jordan Reese. Read more

College Preaching Conference
National event celebrates its 13th year

By Gina Fleming, OP

During the week of May 19, 37 students from Dominican universities/colleges or colleges with a Dominican presence gathered at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Michigan for the 13th National “Preaching in Action” Conference. It was a jam-packed week, full of opportunities for study, community, prayer and mission/preaching. Upon leaving, these young people feel part of our Dominican Family and will forever be connected. Read article by Gina Fleming, OP

Adrian Dominicans
Aquinas Institute names preaching studio for sister

Sister Joan Delaplane, OP (Adrian), will be remembered in a special way by preaching students at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri. The Dominican graduate school dedicated its Delaplane Preaching Studio May 11 in the presence of Sister Joan, family and friends, local Adrian Dominican associates, and Aquinas faculty and staff. Funded by a grant from the Lilly Foundation, the Delaplane Preaching Studio offers state-of-the-art cameras—hidden in a room adjoining the studio—to record the preaching of the students in Aquinas’ Doctor of Ministry in Preaching program. Students from across the world can watch the preaching of classmates and offer their critiques. Read more

News from the Vatican
Fr. Timothy Radcliffe appointed as consultor

Pope Francis has appointed Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, OP, former Master of the Dominican Order, as a consultor of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Read CNS article

International News
Dominican Order co-sponsors conference in Toronto

The Toronto, Canda, Catholic Register described “Vatican II and the Promise of Renewal” as “the biggest theological conference in Toronto since 1967.” More than 200 scholars participated in the conference, co-sponsored by the University of St. Michael’s College, the Dominican Order, and the Institute for Research of Vatican II. Theologians Carla Mae Streeter, OP (Racine) and Kathleen McManus, OP (Blauvelt) were among those presenting at the conference. In the article, Fr. Bruno Cadore, Master of the Dominican Order, said “the three days of seminars and debate are exciting.” Read article

Houston Dominicans
Sister honored for 50 years of teaching high school French

On May 1, 600 friends, former students, parents, and family members gathered at Msgr. Kelly Catholic High School in Beaumont, Texas, to honor Sister Emily Bordages, OP (Houston). Sister Emily has taught French for 50 years at the high school. Principal Roger Bemis announced a scholarship that has been established in Sister Emily’s name. Several people gave personal tributes to Sister Emily, including two former students, current faculty, and Sister Jane Meyer, OP (former teacher and principal at Kelly). The Most Reverend Curtis Guillory, SVD, DD, Bishop of the Beaumont Diocese, gave the invocation and a tribute as well.

Siena Heights University
Sister Peg honored with Athena Leadership Award

Sister Peg Albert, OP, Ph.D., president of Siena Heights University, received the 2015 Athena Leadership Award in recognition of her work in helping women to “achieve their full leadership potential.” The award ceremony took place May 12 in the University’s Dominican Hall in the presence of Siena Heights administration, faculty and staff; Adrian Dominican Sisters; and other active members of the Lenawee County, Michigan, community. Sister Peg was named the 10th president of Siena Heights University in 2006. Read more

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Sister Patricia Gallagher to play organ concert June 17

The Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, are hosting their 24th annual summer organ concert series at Sinsinawa Mound. The performances are at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Queen of the Rosary Chapel. This year’s concerts feature organists from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Texas, New York, and Michigan. Concerts are free and open to the public. On June 17, Sister Patricia Gallagher will perform. Sister Patricia has a master of music education in music from Indiana University, Bloomington, and has studied organ with Dr. Robert Rayfield, Dr. Kenneth Sotak, and Dr. Charles Barland. She served as the liturgy and music director at Chicago-area parishes and as campus minister at universities in Florence, Italy; Washington, D.C.; and River Forest, Illinois.

Faith and Film
Mad Max: Fury Road

“Mad Max: Fury Road” is a return to the “Mad Max” franchise that established Australian George Miller as an acclaimed director, and Mel Gibson as an international star. Fury Road is low on plot elements, and is basically one long chase movie. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

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Newsletter: Dominicans at the UN

Read the latest news from DLC/NGO Representative Sister Margaret Mayce, OP, and Dominican Volunteer Kelly Litt.

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Iraqi sister’s testimony makes headlines

Sister Diana Momeka, OP (Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Iraq) testified May 13 at a hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, on the ongoing displacement and persecution of Christians in Iraq.

Help us ‘go back home,’ displaced Iraqi sister urges U.S. Congress” (Catholic News Service story, photo in Global Sisters Report)

“‘Grave, but not without hope’: Iraqi nun’s full testimony to Congress” (National Catholic Register)

Iraqi sister’s plea is for her fellow Christians to be able to go home” (Catholic Standard, Archdiocese of Washington)

News from Fanjeaux

Read the latest news from Sister Historians of the Order of Preachers (SHOP), Fanjeaux, France.

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Register now for
DSC Convocation, Market Place

The Dominican Sisters’ Conference is planning for its second convocation Oct. 1–4 in Wheeling, Illinois, just north of Chicago. Don’t miss the opportunity to offer your services or wares! Tables are available at exceptional prices, and the sisters look forward to spending time in “The Market Place.” Registration materials for convocation attendees and Market Place vendors are available online.

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Dominican Youth Movement

The Dominican Youth Movement USA connects today’s youth and young adults to the Dominican tradition of preaching and the participant’s own call to preach.

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Brochures mark
800th anniversary

The Sinsinawa Dominicans are honoring the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Order in 2016 by making available brochures that describe Dominican values, foundations, and charisms as well as ways to practice Dominic’s way.

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