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July 15, 2015

Photos of the Week

Peace Dominicans
Congregation celebrates Sister Bea’s first profession

Sister Beata (Bea) Tiboldi, a native of Hungary, professed first vows amid a joyous celebration July 11 in the Akron, Ohio, motherhouse chapel.

Above: Sister Bea professes her vows to Sister Margaret Ormond, OP, prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Sister, associates teach preschoolers about the prairie

The Whistle Stop Child Development Center, located on the campus of the Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids, graduated its first group of Pre-School Naturalists with prairie habitat expertise on July 9. The children, between 4–5 years old, participated in a four-week program coordinated by Whistle Stop educator Barb Groendyk and Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Lucielle Janowiak, OP. Read more, view photos

Above: Grand Rapids Dominican Associate Chris Muldoon shares her knowledge with the children. Photo by Dee Versluis, Dominican Associate with Dominican Sisters ~ Grand Rapids.

Oakford Dominicans
Sisters announce new mission in South Africa

The Oakford Dominican Sisters have opened a new mission house in Bloemfontein, South Africa. Four sisters will comprise the new international community there: Sister Bernadette Zulu (South Africa - Zulu), Sister Pru Cooper (England), Sister Anna-Lucia Wannemacher (Germany), and Sister Eva-Maria Thupatsogong (South Africa – Tswana). The purpose of the ministry is to expand chaplaincy services at a local provincial health and education center, and to develop a student center for faith formation and leadership development.

Above: Sister Pru Cooper, Sister Eva-Maria Thupatsogong, Sister Paula-Mary Van der Walt (congregational prioress), Sister Anna-Lucia Wannemacher, Sister Bernadette Zulu, and Sister Celia Smit (congregational councillor of South Africa)

Racine Dominicans
Getting a feel for the farm at the Eco-Justice Center

Children ages 6 to 14 enjoyed Ecology on the Farm week-long summer camps at the Racine Dominican Sisters’ Eco-Justice Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Campers learned about ecology and sustainability while caring for animals, harvesting crops, exploring nature, and participating in arts, crafts and cooking activities. The older kids had an overnight stay in tents. View more photos on the center’s Facebook page

Iraq Coordinating Committee
Cranes for Iraq: Art project supports Iraqi sisters

“The summer of 2014, and specifically Aug. 6, saw the mass displacement of our Dominican sisters and brothers along with Yazidis, Muslims, and other Christians. We cannot forget them in their suffering nor forget to help them in their time of need.” The Iraq Coordinating Committee (ICC) is offering artwork by Sister Barb Cervenka, OP (Adrian) as a fundraiser to support the sisters in Iraq and their ministries. The committee has also prepared a prayer for use on Aug. 6, and a postcard to be sent to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. Read message from Sister Marcelline Koch, OP, and the ICC | Download prayer (PDF) | Download postcard (PDF)

UN Briefing
A simple call to love

“Within two weeks, the world seemed to turn upside down. Tragedies, challenges, and controversies in the news and in communities around the country have filled our TV screens and our lives with both sadness and hope, and ultimately, with a call to love.” Read article by Dominican Volunteer Kelly Litt

High Schools Preaching Conference
‘Turn up the volume, turn down the noise’

“Turn up the Volume, Turn down the Noise” was created by Michael Petro for the 17th Annual Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference that took place June 26–July 1 at Siena Heights University, Adrian, Michigan. Mr. Petro told the students that in order to “have a deeper relationship with our God, we need to turn down the noise of our lives.” This year’s conference hosted a total of 97 students, and 24 mentors, with an additional 25 presenters. Read article by Gina Fleming, OP

Hope Dominicans
Sister nurse finds herself at home in Appalachia

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dominican Sister of Hope Beth Jaspers entered the Dominican Sisters of the Sick Poor (now Dominican Sisters of Hope) in 1964. Since 1977, she has lived in Norton, Virginia, and has helped to start a number of social services in the Appalachian community. Among them is Remote Area Medical (RAM), a free clinic for those in need, which opens this month. Read article by Gina Ciliberto

Adrian Dominicans
Voices for Earth Justice’s Hope House in the news

A recent article by Dennis Sadowski of Catholic News Service featured Hope House Educational Center, an interfaith program connecting residents with nature in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood. The ministry is sponsored by Voices for Earth Justice in partnership with the Adrian Dominican Sisters (Adrian, Michigan), whose motherhouse is 70 miles southwest of the city. Sister Janet Stankowski, OP, is president of the board of Voices for Earth. Read CNS article

Faith and Film
Inside Out

The new animated film from the Disney/Pixar studio is certainly one of the most original movies I’ve seen in a long time. Rather than deal with sequels and remakes, “Inside Out” examines the emotional world of Riley, an 11-year-old girl. As the title implies, the point of view of the movie is inside Riley, looking out at the world from a place called Headquarters, where her emotions live. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

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Blauvelt sisters host conference

One hundred and twenty members from 13 Dominican congregations joined with the Sisters of Saint Dominic in Blauvelt June 25–29 to discuss the future of Dominican life. The theme for the gatherine was “Evolving Consciousness: Embracing Emergence.”

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‘Growing up in the South with flags and racism’

Sister Judy Morris, OP (Peace) reflects on her high school days in Danville, Kentucky, “a segregated town in a segregated state.” A young associate pastor… challenged students to approach the managers of local restaurants and ask why they did not serve African-Americans. Needless to say, when I followed through with questions, my presence was not appreciated. This was my first, up close and personal experience of racism, and served as a catalyst for my involvement in social justice concerns.”

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Homecoming Farm
in the news

Homecoming Farm and the Dominican Sisters of Amityville were highlighted by the Diocese of Brooklyn’s NET-TV channel, for care of creation, in light of Pope Francis' new encyclical.

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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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