From June 25-30, 2017, 41 Dominican sisters attended the Maryknoll Mission Institute Program “Companionship of Empowerment: Religious Life in the 21st Century” presented by Fr. D Diarmuid O’Murchu, MSC. The Dominican sisters in attendance were: Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt; Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa; Dominican Sisters of Sparkill with their 4 Pakistani sisters attending; Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic.
Sister Tina Heltsley, OP was featured in the San Mateo Daily Journal’s July 13 edition “in an article titled ‘A beacon for community: St. Francis Center offers North Fair Oaks resources.’” Sister Tina “was instrumental in bringing affordable housing, community gardens, and youth programs to the North Fair Oaks neighborhood.” Read article
Columbus, OH – Girls from all around Columbus, OH, joined together at the Martin de Porres Center from July 17 – 20 for a week of exploration at the Girls for Peace summer camp. The Martin de Porres Center is a community outreach ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace.
The 25 girls, ages 8-12, spent the week interacting with each other and various Sisters from Congregation. Through crafts, games, technology and field trips, the campers practiced teamwork and conflict resolution, expanded their own creativity, and learned presentation and public speaking skills. As important, the camp provided an environment for the girls to meet and interact with Catholic Sisters in a way that explored and encouraged religious life.
Submitted by Patricia Dougherty, OP
For twenty-one years, the “Fanjeaux Seminar” has introduced American faculty members, staff, and students from different Dominican institutions of higher education to medieval history and the heritage of St. Dominic and the Dominican Order. In 2017, there were 36 participants from eleven institutions. The 17-day pilgrimage includes separate morning classes for students and for faculty/staff (this year led by Priscilla Woods, OP and Brian Walker, OP) and afternoon excursions for all to heritage sites (such as the cities of Toulouse and Albi, the monastery of Lagrasse, and the mountain of Monsegur and, of course, the village of Fanjeaux and the monastery of the nuns at Prouille).
August 4, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – Dominican artists – visual artists, sculptors and potters, poets, photographers, film-makers, dancers, and other artists – gathered at the Weber Retreat and Conference Center in Adrian July 26-29. The theme for the Gathering, “Response,” reflected the call of the artist to respond to instances of social injustice.