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July 29, 2015

Photos of the Week

High Schools Preaching Conference
Students issue statement supporting sisters in Iraq

“The participants of the 2015 Dominican High Schools Preaching Conference stand in support of our Dominican family in Iraq and the surrounding countries. As a sign of our solidarity with our family members and all who minister to those affected by violence, we will continue to hold them in prayer and raise awareness to the best of our abilities. May no one ever feel that they are forgotten by God because of the actions or inactions of humans. As long as there are Dominicans, when moments of despair and violence seem overwhelming, you will be held in prayer.” Read article by Sister Mary Soher, OP

Dominican Institute for the Arts
19th annual gathering held at Heartland Farm

Dominican artists from 15 U.S. congregations and the English Province met July 21–25 at the Heartland Spirituality Center in Great Bend, Kansas, for the 19th Annual Gathering of the Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA). This year’s theme was “Catching the Spirit, Creating the Dream.” An article and photos from the event are available on the DIA web site

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)

Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Iraq
Letter from Sister Maria Hanna

“As we approach the first anniversary of our displacement, we look back and recall the past 12 months… This memory impels us to pray to the Lord so that we might be enlightened to understand His will for our lives during this crisis… Remembering last August, the words of the Psalm 124: 2-3 come to our mind: ‘If the LORD had not been on our side when people attacked us, they would have swallowed us alive.’ It was really a dark night when we left, not knowing what to take with us or what to leave behind.” Read more

Adrian Dominicans
Sister Luchy becomes U.S. citizen

Less than a week after the United States celebrated its 239th birthday on the Fourth of July, Sister Nery “Luchy” Sori, OP, became one of its newest citizens. Sister Luchy was one of 89 people to take the Oath of Allegiance in a July 9 Naturalization Ceremony in the Federal District Court in Detroit, Michigan. She had passed her citizenship test on July 6. Sister Luchy applied for citizenship in November 2014 after moving to Adrian, Michigan from New Orleans, where she had been engaged in Hispanic ministry. She is a native of the Dominican Republic. Read more

Jubilee 2015
Springfield, Grand Rapids sisters celebrate anniversaries

Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, and Grand Rapids, Michigan, recently celebrated anniversaries of profession as vowed women religious. Stories and photos of this year’s Jubliarians are posted on the congregations’ web sites. Grand Rapids Jubilarians | Springfield Jubilarians

Global Sisters Report
‘Let us play: Reflections on holiness and humor’

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Christin Tomy appreciates and embraces the lighter side of religious life. She writes about the “saving grace” of levity in a July 17 article in Global Sisters Report. Read article

Global Sisters Report
Religious life from a volunteer perspective

Dominican Volunteer Mary Clare Mazzocchi recently finished her one-year commission at Immaculate Conception Academy in San Francisco. The school is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose. Her final article in GSR’s “Notes from the Field” summer blog project, she writes about her experience living with the sisters at Immaculate Conception Priory. Read article

Hope Dominicans
Sister Margaret Mary honored for over 40 years of service

In June, Dominican Sister of Hope Margaret Mary Rottinghaus, OP, was honored by Saint Rosalie’s Parish in Hampton Bays, New York, for more than 40 years of service as a home health nurse and most recently as a parish volunteer. In 1961, the Dominican Sisters Family Health Service in Hampton Bays had four sisters on the nursing staff; today, the staff of 100 people serves 700 people in the area. Read article by Gina Ciliberto

Sinsinawa Dominicans
Fr. Mazzuchelli Memorial Mass is Aug. 23

The annual Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Memorial Mass and dinner will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23, at St. Patrick Church in Benton, Wisconsin. Father Mazzuchelli is known in Iowa and Wisconsin for establishing at least 35 parish communities, designing and building at least 24 churches, and founding the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters. He was declared “Venerable” by Pope John Paul II, the first step to sainthood. The day’s events also include a tour of St. Augustine Church in New Diggings, Wisconsin, and Father Mazzuchelli’s home and grave site in Benton. The public is invited. For more information, call 608-965-4517.

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July In the Loop

The July issue of In the Loop newsletter is available from the Dominican Sisters’ Conference.

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Raffle supports DSC

Tickets are on sale now for the Dominican Sisters’ Conference annual raffle. Grand prize is a Kindle Fire HD 6. First prize is a Fitbit Flex. Second and third prizes are a $100 VISA gift card. Drawing will take place at the DSC Convocation in October.

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DSPT names new president

The Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California, has named a new president: Fr. Peter Rogers, OP.

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Sister principal honored

Caldwell Dominican Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan was honored at a parish liturgy in anticipation of her retirement after 25 years as principal at Our Lady of the Lake School in Verona, New Jersey.

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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. 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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