Margaret Palliser, OP, a member of the leadership team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, has written an article on Dominican spirituality (“Praying with the Dominicans: Tap into a spiritual tradition that can enrich your prayer life”) that appears in the March 2011 issue of Catholic Digest. Sister Margaret is also the editor of “Living with Christ.” READ ARTICLE
Monthly Archives: February 2011
Father Eduardo Logiste was ordained as a Dominican priest last July. He currently ministers at St. Peter Catholic Church in Memphis, Tennessee. Memories of childhood poverty, and the vivid realization of life in earthquake-devastated Haiti, where his family still lives, are part of his daily reality. A recent article in the Memphis Commercial Appeal highlighted the work that his parish and others are doing to help the people of Haiti. READ MORE
New Jersey: Caldwell Sisters Join Efforts to Abolish Human Trafficking
“If you think its not happening in a neighborhood near your home, you’re probably wrong.” New Jersey ranks among the top U.S. states for Human Trafficking crimes—the enslavement of men, women and children for sexual and labor exploitation. At a recent National Human Trafficking Awareness Day symposium in Trenton, three Caldwell Dominican Sisters—deMontfort Kinchellagh, OP, Mary John Kearney, OP, and Catherine Reilly, OP—members of the Caldwell Dominican Commission on Global Issues, distributed information and newsletters that evidence the extensive degree to which human trafficking occurs in New Jersey.
As she handed out recent copies of the “Stop Trafficking” newsletter and other resource materials, Sister Catherine urged participants “to get informed, get involved and act.” The Stop Trafficking online newsletter serves as a forum for exchange among religious congregations and their collaborating organizations to promote awareness about human trafficking and also to exchange best practices in advocacy for and empowerment of survivors of human trafficking. The many conference participants who visited the Caldwell display were grateful for the information the sisters offered to them, including resource suggestions for action plans to abolish this 21st century evil.
Wisconsin: Congregations Collaborate to Address Sex Trafficking at Super Bowl
Upon learning their Green Bay Packers would be playing in the Super Bowl, 12 Wisconsin congregations of women religious collaborated in an effort to raise awareness about sex trafficking at the Super Bowl. They sent personalized letters to each of the Packer players, team leaders, team chaplain, Super Bowl Committee members, and Wisconsin bishops, asking each group to use their influence and position to speak out against human trafficking. Sinsinawa Dominicans and Racine Dominicans were among the congregations collaborating in this effort.
After congratulating the players on their victory in the play-offs, the letters to Packer players stated:
As you may know, the Super Bowl is among the very worst venues for human trafficking. The Dallas Examiner noted on Jan. 14: “The Super Bowl is the pinnacle American sporting event, and a surge in prostitution will happen in this year’s host city of Dallas. To meet the demand, many prostitutes will be brought in, including children and teens. Many of these will be forced victims, literally being sex slaves for human traffickers.”
The exploitation of children is a heinous crime, and we implore you as a dad, an uncle, brother or even friend to consider the children you love and how devastated you would feel if one of them was kidnapped and used as a victim of sex crimes. This is happening at an alarming rate and must be stopped.
We are asking you and your teammates to use your position as respected sports figures and seize this critical time surrounding the Super Bowl to advocate publicly for an end to trafficking. It is a scandalous form of modern day slavery that victimizes women, children and men, and is now considered—along with arms and drug dealing—the second largest criminal industry in the world.
Milwaukee’s Channel 12 WISN-TV covered the story: Watch video
Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter
Dallas Cowboy fights Super Bowl human trafficking
Dallas Examiner (Examiner.com)
Jan. 14, 2011
Coalition launches campaign for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (Change.org)
The Coordinating Council for Dominican Sisters International (DSI) has appointed Sister Lucianne Siers, OP (Grand Rapids) to the International Dominican Commission for Justice and Peace (IDCJP) as regional co-promoter for North America. Sister Lucianne will serve a three-year term with her colleague, the Rev. Charles (Chuck) Dahm, OP.
Nominations for a new regional justice co-promoter for North America were solicited from congregational leadership and other justice co-promoters in October 2010. Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP (Springfield), DSI Coordinating Council member for North America, presented the list of nominees along with her recommendation to the DSI Coordinating Council. In February, Sister Lucianne received a letter from Sister Maria Fabiola Velasquez Maya, OP, informing her of the appointment and expressing gratitude for her willingness to serve. Membership on the IDCJP and designation as a regional co-promoter comes as an appointment from the DSI International Coordinator for sisters, and from the Master of the Order for friars.
Sister Lucianne is the director of the Partnership for Global Justice and serves as an NGO representative to the United Nations. She has also served in parish and diocesan ministry. From 1992 to 1998, Sister Lucianne coordinated the program of U.S. volunteers to Central/Eastern Europe through the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. A native of Michigan, she currently resides in South Bronx, New York.
Regional justice co-promoters are responsible for:
- Receiving and sharing justice and peace news and information among the general co-promoters and the provinces and congregations in their region;
- Organizing and/or promoting opportunities for formation regarding justice and peace issues;
- Initiating and/or supporting appropriate action regarding peace and justice issues.
Sister Lucianne replaced Sister Durstyne (Dusty) Farnan, OP (Adrian), who served for six years as regional justice co-promoter for North America. Sister Dusty also received a letter from Sister Maria Fabiola, expressing gratitude to her for her service and also to the Adrian Dominican Sisters for their support and encouragement of her ministry. “We especially appreciate your committed work… You have been collaborative, creative and enthusiastic. You have strengthened the Dominican Order’s structure for justice and peace work.”
Sister Dusty spoke of some of the highlights of her experience: attending the Dominican Order’s 800th anniversary celebration in Fanjeaux, France; the Immigration Conference in Juarez, Mexico; and serving as chair of the Iraq Coordinating Committee. “It has been a privilege and honor to be able to collaborate and work with Dominicans in North America,” she said. “I’ve met Dominicans from around the world as a result of this ministry. Who could ask for more?”
Sister Dusty will continue in her ministry as vocation director for the Adrian Dominican Sisters. “I will continue to follow the events that I have a passion for—Iraq, immigration and Palestine—as a regular citizen of the U.S. There are some things you never separate from, and justice is one of them.”
By Sister Orlanda Leyba, OP (Grand Rapids)
Executive Director Mary Sue Kennedy is fully engaged in “birthing” the Dominican Sisters Conference (DSC) from its new headquarters in Farmington Hills, Michigan. It’s an exciting day for the Dominican family as we continue Dominican collaboration and participations in our shared mission.
Among the first major projects is to engage the Dominican family in the First Annual Gift-Sharing Fundraiser. As was done in the past with the DLC, sisters and associates are asked to donate from their artistic, creative endeavors. During the month of May, we should be showcasing a variety of “gifts” that will be raffled off each day. More specific information will be forthcoming about this project in the near future.
Another project underway is the unique DSC cross and chain that will soon be available for purchase. As part of our collaboration and unique identity in the Dominican family, this sign/symbol will serve to identify us as Dominican sisters and associates who engage in the mission of the holy preaching. On this topic, too, you will hear more in the near future.