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July 1, 2015

Photos of the Week

Houston Dominicans
Sisters host interfaith prayer vigil for Charleston victims

The Dominican Sisters of Houston co-hosted an interfaith prayer service June 19 at the Dominican Center for Spirituality in response to the shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) in Houston organized the event. Read story by Ceil Roeger, OP

Caldwell Dominicans
Sisters celebrate transition of leadership

On Sunday, June 28, Mass was celebrated in the motherhouse chapel to mark the transition of leadership for the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. The newly elected Prioress Sister Patrice Werner, Vicaress Sister Elsie Bernauer, and Councilors Eileen Ivory and Patricia Tavis formally accepted their new leadership roles within the context of Mass joyfully celebrated by Rev. Carl Arico and many attendees, including sisters, associates, friends and family members. View more photos from the Mass on the Caldwell Dominicans’ Facebook page

Above: Sister Arlene Antczak, OP, former prioress (far left), and Sister Patrice Werner, OP, prioress, share a moment during the Mass of Transition. Photo by Pushparaj Aitwal.

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Summer fun at Camp WeHaKee

Camp is in session! Founded by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters more than 90 years ago, WeHaKee Camp for Girls was voted “One of the 50 Most Amazing Summer Camps in the United States.” The camp, located on a historic logging camp site in Winter, Wisconsin, is named after Mary WeHaKee La Batte, a young girl raised by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin. View more photos on Camp WeHaKee’s Facebook page

Caldwell University
Students raise $16,000 to support Nepal relief efforts

Caldwell University students have raised more than $16,000 to support relief efforts in the aftermath of the 7.8 earthquake that slammed Nepal on April 25. After the quake hit, students and several alumni from Nepal began fundraising for their “Caldwell University Prays for Nepal” project. Proceeds will benefit the America Nepal Medical Foundation. Caldwell University was founded by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey. Read more

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

Global Sisters Report
Dominican volunteers: Perspectives on ministry

Two recent articles in the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report were written by Dominican volunteers. “Catholic sisters at the UN: Bringing the moral voice to the debate” by Kelly Litt highlights the work of Catholic sisters at the United Nations, including Sister Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville), UN NGO representative for the Dominican Leadership Conference. In “Prayer, common life and San Francisco’s homeless,” Mary Clare Mazzocchi writes about her experience as a volunteer at Immaculate Conception Academy, and her relationship with Mission San Jose Dominican Sister Martha Garcia, who works with the homeless in San Francisco.

Sinsinawa Mound
Learn ancient art form of writing icons July 19–25

Drazen Dupor of Madison, Wisconsin, will lead an Icon Retreat at Sinsinawa Mound July 19–25. Learn about the history of iconography, the origin of icon writing, the first and most famous icon writers and the difference between wooden board and wall icons. Dupor will demonstrate the usage of ancient techniques in present times as you write your own icon. Registration deadline is July 17. For more information, call 608-748-4411 or visit Sinsinawa Mound, the motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque, Iowa.

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Yankee thanks former teacher

New York Yankees broadcaster and former player John Flaherty returned to St. Anthony School in Nanuet to honor Sister Daniel Catherine Connolly, OP (Sparkill) on her retirement. Sister Daniel Catherine taught for 45 years at the elementary school.

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Are you called to be a Dominican sister?

The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Fremont, California, are hosting a discernment weekend for single Catholic women Sept. 11–13.

More info

‘Thank God for priests’

“Why are men becoming priests these days? I don’t think men are joining the priesthood to ensure a happy consensus at the parish festival or to balance power-sharing at the finance council meeting,” writes
John Baptist Hoang, OP, in Dominicana.

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“Power Nun” features Adrian Dominican Sister

Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin, OP (Adrian), president emerita of Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, is featured in “Portraits of Inspiration: The Power Nun,” the first in a series of films produced by Scherley Busch, founder of Florida Women of Achievement.

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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.

More info

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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Giving girls a voice of their own

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