Tuesday, June 5 marks the annual commemoration of World Environment Day. This is one of the primary ways in which the United Nations fosters worldwide awareness of the state of our environment, in the hope of enhancing political attention and action.
Monthly Archives: May 2012
Sister Diana Momeka, OP, of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, of Mosul, Iraq, was chosen by her classmates at Chicago Theological Union (CTU) to give the graduate commencement address during the May 17 commencement ceremony, held in K.A.M. Isaiah Israel Temple, the oldest Jewish temple in Chicago. Sister Diana earned a Doctor of Ministry degree. Read more
Sisters celebrate associate commitments May 20
In a Eucharistic celebration on Sunday, May 20 at Sacred Heart Chapel in Springfield, Illinois, 22 candidates formalized their relationship with the Dominican Family by making a public commitment to witness Gospel values as Dominican Associates. In doing so, they join more than three hundred women and men in the United States and Peru who accompany the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois on a life-long journey of prayer, study and preaching. This year’s Dominican Associates hail from Illinois, Arkansas and Mississippi.
The Springfield Dominicans have been welcoming Dominican Associates into their family since 1990. Candidates engage in a nine-month formation program in which they learn about and discuss such topics as Catholic Social Teaching, a Call to Prayer and Preaching, Living the Liturgy, St. Dominic and St. Catherine, Mission and Ministry, Living a Balanced Life and the History of the Springfield Dominicans. Associate candidates also discern how they will use their talents, abilities and circumstances to serve God in the best way possible.
Dominican Associates, graced by their membership in the Dominican Family, witness the Gospel daily in their workplaces and relationships. Many say their prayer life has deepened as a result of the formation process. Individuals flourish when surrounded by the love and support of fellow Christians. The Dominican Associate program serves to enhance relationships— not just with the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois, but also with God and God’s people.
For more information about the Dominican Associate program, contact Sister Paul Mary Janssens, OP at 217-787-0481.
Maryknoll On the Hill
Approximately 80 individuals, including priests, brothers, sisters and laypeople joined the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic for this lobbying event on Capitol Hill, which included a briefing at the White House Conference Center on global issues of importance to Maryknollers, including women’s issues, immigration, the environment, and AIDS.
Participants then met with their U.S. Congressional representatives and Senators to express Maryknoll’s concerns for poor and marginalized individuals, for immigration concerns, AIDS, and gaining increased support for economic endeavors that are also ecologically friendly in developing nations.
The Maryknoll Sisters are celebrating their centennial this year. For a complete listing of centennial events, click here.
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s May Gift-Sharing by donating a gift or by purchasing tickets. You have helped through your donations to support the mission of the Dominican Sisters Conference.
Sister Jeanne Goyette, OP, won a bottle of virgin olive oil made from the olive trees at the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose (California) motherhouse and donated by the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, and a set of five books donated from Sor Juana Press, Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan.
Sister Pat Stringer, OP, won a hand-woven neck scarf made by the Dominican Sisters of Racine, Wisconsin, and a framed watercolor by Paulina Bandina, OP, donated by the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill, New York.
Sister Nancy Richter, OP, won a small felted handbag made from sheep’s wool and llama from Jubilee Farm donated by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.
The Caldwell Dominicans (contact Sister Jane Marie) won a handmade lap robe donated by the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma, Washington.
Sister Mary Howard Johnstone, OP, won a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble donated by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Sisters of St. Dominic of Bronx, New York (contact Mary R. Doris) won a photo by Sister Adele Rowland donated by the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, California.
Sister Teresa Disch, OP, won the book “Dominicans at Home in a Young Nation” edited by Sister Mary Nona McGreal, OP and donated by the McGreal Center for Dominican Historical Studies at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois.
Sister Betty Werner, OP, from Pueblo Co won the hand-made bedspread made by Mexican Women in Juarez (donated by Sister Maureen Gallagher, OP).
Sister Marguerite Cool, OP, from Grand Rapids won the book “Hearts of Fire” (donated by the Maryknoll Sisters) and handmade greeting cards made by Sister Orlanda Lebay, OP.
Sister Ann Schmid, OP, from Columbus, Ohio, won a $25 gift certificate (donated by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci) and the book “Drawn by Love” (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian).
Sister Mary Priniski, OP, from Atlanta won a bottle of Virgin Olive Oil made from the trees on the property of the Dominican Sisters of San Jose and donated by them.
Sister Mary Murray, OP, and executive team of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkill won a $35 gift certificate to Barnes & Noble (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Houston).
Anne Daly, mother of Caldwell Dominican Sister Pat Daley, won a 17” square handmade table topper (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Hope).
Sister Mary Frances Willcoxson, OP, won a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville).
Sister Patrice Werner, OP of Caldwell, NJ, won a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt).
Sister Mary O’Hara, OP of Merrillville, IN, won a handmade baby afghan donated by Marcine Klemm, OP of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian.
Sister Valerie Shaul, OP of Columbus, OH won a copy of the book “On the Threshold of the Future” (donated by the Maryknoll Sisters)
and handmade cards created by Orlanda Lebay, OP of Grand Rapids.
Sister Laura Goedken, OP of Davenport, IA, won a copy of the book “View from the Ruin” and a $25 gift certificate (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell).
Sister Mary Jane Lubinski, OP of Detroit, MI, won a $50 gift card to Applebee’s (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Grand Rapids).
Therese Brady of Oak Lawn, IL, won handmade pottery by Mary Fran Gorman, OP, of Jubilee Farm (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield).
Sister Nathalie Meyer, OP of Grand Rapids, MI, won a hand-quilted Joy to the World Banner made by Donna Brunell, OP (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Hope).
Patricia Heriford of Lansing, Michigan, won the Kindle donated by Sister Judith Benkert, OP, of the Dominican West Chapter of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian.
The Dominican Sisters of St. James Convent in Grand Rapids, Michigan, won a $50 gift certificate to Amazon.com (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Peace).
Sister Jane Marie of Caldwell, New Jersey, won a hand-woven neck scarf (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Racine), and a set of books from Sor Juana Press (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian).
Sister Cathleen Ryan of New Britain, Connecticut, won a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Amityville).
Sister Sharon Casey of Tacoma, Washington, won a CD of classical piano music by Sister Magdalena Ezoe (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian) and the book “Samuel Mazzuchelli: American Dominican” (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa).
Sister Joan Klimski of College Point, New York, won a handmade lap robe (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma).
Sister Janetta McAlevey of Bellerose, New York, won a Surprise Gift Basket of Northwest Products (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma).
Sister Kathleen Walli of Powers, Michigan, won a silver Dominican Cross designed by Anne Lythgoe, OP (donated by the Dominican Sisters Conference).
Ellen Daly of Newtown, Connecticut, won a $25 gift certificate of Mound Bread (donated by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa).
Sister Barbara Leah White of Houston, Texas, won a gift box from the United Nations (donated by Margaret Mayce, OP, Dominican Sisters Conference NGO/UN Representative).