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June 17, 2015

Photos of the Week

Peace Dominicans
Heartland Farm hosts Peace Camp for kids

Heartland Farm, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in Pawnee Rock, Kansas, hosted a day camp for 19 children ages 8 to 11 the week of June 1. This year’s camp theme was “Earth, Air, Fire and Water.” Each day featured activities and games related to one of the elements, and Friday the children were shown the connection of all of them through the “Web of Life.” Four Dominican Sisters of Peace live and work at Heartland Farm: Jane Belanger, OP; Mary Ellen Dater, OP; Marilyn Pierson, OP; and Rene Weeks, OP.

Above: Sister Marilyn Pierson, OP, with campers and staff.

Hope Dominicans
Growing plants, building community at Mariandale

The Dominican Sisters of Hope Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center is a life-sustaining oasis in the community of Ossining, New York, in more ways than one. The simple act of planting seeds in the garden, which includes 17 raised beds, continues to develop relationships among sisters, families, and community members. The campus encompasses 56 acres along the Hudson River. Read article by Sister Bette Ann Jaster, OP (Hope)

Year of Consecrated Life
Dominican sisters join parish celebration

Father Ralph Sommer, pastor of St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, with Sister Margaret Sammon, OP (Amityville)

Dominican Sisters Margaret Mayce, Margaret Galiardi, Jane Doherty, Rita Lombardi, Peggy McVetty, Margaret Sammon, Christine Sammons (Amityville) and Valerie Shaul (Peace) joined parishioners, clergy, and other women religious for a Year of Consecrated Life celebration at St. Bernard's Church in Levittown, New York. In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world, beginning Nov. 30, 2014, and closing Feb. 2, 2016. This recognition of Catholic sisters, brothers, and priests is intended to foster understanding of the lives and ministries of vowed religious in the Church today, and to promote vocations to consecrated life.

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Sisters read to children on Marywood campus

The 4- and 5-year-olds at the Whistle Stop Child Care on the campus of Marywood in Grand Rapids, Michigan, have a special opportunity to spend time with retired sisters who live there. Sister Teresita Garcia, OP (above), a former second grade teacher, enjoys reading to the children as much as they enjoy being read to. Read more

Maryknoll Sisters
Local fairs offer opportunity to promote mission

The Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic were out and about in May and June attending local street fairs in Tarrytown and Ossining, New York. More photos are available on their Facebook page.

Above left: At the Ossining Fair, sister Regina Pellicore helps boys find countries where Maryknoll Sisters serve.

Above right: Sister Marvie Misolas vists with a New York Times photo editor at the Tarrytown Fair. The woman said her first awareness of world issues came from reading Maryknoll Magazine!

Jubilees in June
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

Adrian Dominicans
Sister Carol Coston delivers commencement address

Sister Carol Coston, OP (Adrian), spoke to the graduates of the University of Great Falls, Montana, about her work in permaculture and received the university’s Uncommon Courage Award during commencement exercises in May. She was recognized for her work in the environment, as well as in other social justice causes. “Sister Coston has spent her life’s work on the betterment of others,” the university noted in a press release announcing her selection as commencement speaker. “Her most recent focus has been on protecting the environment through an ethic of living lightly on Earth.” Sister Carol is also the founding director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby based in Washington, D.C., and founding director of Partners for the Common Good, an alternative investment fund for community organizations. Read more

Peace Dominicans
CHA awards highest honor to Sister Peggy Martin

Dominican Sister of Peace Peggy Martin, OP (Peace), received the prestigious Sister Concilia Moran Award at the annual assembly of the Catholic Health Association in Washington, D.C. June 7–9. The award is CHA’s highest honor. Sister Peggy is the senior vice president, Sponsorship and Governance, for Denver-based Catholic Health Initiatives. “She is truly a visionary leader and trail blazer,” said Sister Gemma Doll, OP, councilor for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. “With her colleagues at CHI, she has helped facilitate new concepts, structures and solutions that take Catholic health care in new directions.” Read more

Racine Dominicans
News from the Eco-Justice Center

The Racine Dominicans’ Eco-Justice Center recently received a full-color, four-page spread in Country Woman magazine. The article, titled “Faith in Farming,” was featured in the April/May issue. Read article The Eco-Justice Center also recently named Racine native Allison Thielen as its new executive director. Sister Janet Weyker will continue to live and volunteer at the center.

Global Sisters Report
Sister’s story inspired “Orange is the New Black” character

Sister Ardeth Platte, OP (Grand Rapids) is mentioned briefly in Piper Kerman’s memoir “Orange is the New Black.” Kerman and Platte did yoga together when they were serving prison sentences at a federal correction facility in Danbury, Connecticut. But the character inspired by Sister Ardeth’s story, Sister Jane Ingalls (played by Beth Fowler) has a larger role in the television series based on Kerman’s book. Jamie Manson of Global Sisters Report interviewed both Sister Ardeth and Beth Fowler for a recent article. Read more

Faith and Film
Far from the Madding Crowd

Adapted from the 1870 Thomas Hardy novel, “Far from the Madding Crowd” is the story of Bathsheba Everdene, an independent Victorian-era woman pursued by three suitors. Screenwriter David Nicholls has done a fine job of adapting Hardy’s novel into a two-hour movie. The film is visually beautiful and well-paced. Read review by Tom Condon, OP.

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Sister inspires “A.D.: The Bible Continues” actress

Actress Chipo Chung and Sister Janice McLaughlin, MM, have known each other since Chipo was a toddler living with her mother at a camp for Zimbabwean refugees in Mozambique. Conversations on theology with Sister Janice helped Chipo prepare for her role as Mary Magdalene on the NBC series “A.D.: The Bible Continues.”

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Earth justice: GSR article by Sister Margaret Galiardi

On the eve of the release of Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment, Sister Margaret addresses the issue of “frack sand mining” in Minnesota.

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Peace Dominicans revamp web site

The Dominican Sisters of Peace recently launched a newly designed and revamped website that reflects their mission to build peace in the world and to invite those who share their mission of peace to join them. The site features stories about sisters, associates and ministries, and offers daily scripture readings, weekly blogs and social media links.

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DSC posts June newsletter

The June edition of “In the Loop” is available on the Dominican Sisters’ Conference web site.

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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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