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April 9, 2015

Photos of the Week

High School Preachers
New York students participate in preaching weekend

In March, 23 students from St. Agnes Academic High School, College Point; St. Frances de Chantel Parish, Wantagh; St. Rafael’s Parish, East Meadow; and St. John the Baptist High School, West Islip, came to St. John the Baptist High School to begin a weekend of prayer, study, and the forming of community. These students were the latest group to attend one of our youth preaching workshops. They learned how to bring to life their baptismal call to “preach the Good News” by using the gifts and talents that have been given to them by our loving God. Read article by Sister Gina Fleming, OP

Grand Rapids Dominicans
Sister Chela at Religious Education Congress

Grand Rapids Dominican Sister Chela Gonzalez, OP, was a cheerful and welcoming presence at this year’s Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles, California. A day earlier, she attended the 15th annual Idaho Catholic Youth Convention in Boise, Idaho, which has grown in attendance from 300 to 1,650 high school students and chaperones. Sister Chela is the director of catechesis for the diocese.

Hope Dominicans
Career advice from Sister Philomena: Listen to God’s call

In today’s world, there’s a lot of pressure to choose a career track. As early as high school, students are expected to know what college they prefer. First jobs are less of a measly start and more of a step in the “right” direction. But what if a desired career path fades or is delayed? According to Dominican Sister of Hope Philomena McCartney, OP, if God is calling you, and you listen, that career or vocation will become a reality. Read article by Gina Ciliberto

Above: Sister Philomena prays with middle-school students before Scholastic Olympics.

Justice Promoters
Group gathers in Chicago for discussion, support

The North American Dominican Justice Promoters gathered at Techny Towers near Chicago March 25–27. This bi-annual gathering is an opportunity for promoter input and discussion on the signs of the times and the subsequent updating of the U.S. Dominican Call to Justice as well as serving as a support to the promoters in their justice work. Read article by Marcelline Koch, OP

Maryknoll Sisters
Sisters join Pax Christi Way of the Cross on Good Friday

Eight Maryknoll Sisters participated in Pax Christi’s Way of the Cross gathering near United Nations headquarters in New York City on Good Friday, April 3. The sisters presented the second station, “Jesus takes up his cross,” with prayers and signs addressing the plight of immigrants and refugees in the United States, especially children. Hundreds of people joined the procession starting at the UN and along Second Avenue to 42nd Street.

Above: Sister Jean Fallon, OP (left, holding sign), Sister Mary Reese, OP (holding sign), Sister Maureen Hanahoe, OP (third from right), and Sister Mary Mullady, OP (at mic) with Pax Christi Metro New York team members.

Peace Dominicans
Congregation opens General Chapter

The Dominican Sisters of Peace opened their second general chapter on April 6 in St. Louis. The meeting includes election of new leadership, and will conclude on April 12. The Dominican Sisters of Peace were established on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2009 in a merger of seven congregations of Dominican sisters. In December 2012, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci also merged with the Dominican Sisters of Peace. For updates from the event, including photos and video, visit the Dominican Sisters of Peace on Facebook.

UN Commission on the Status of Women
Sister Bernadine at the UN CSW

“The United Nations Commission on the Status of Women offered hundreds of choices in this marathon of events scheduled from March 9–20 in New York City. Imagine my amazement when I saw an event entitled: ‘Seeking Justice: Women of African Descent Put the U.S. on Trial for Sexual Assault Crimes Committed Against Them’! Does/did this happen in my country? Who puts the U.S.A. on trial?” Read article by Sister Bernadine Karge, OP (Sinsinawa)

Lay Dominicans
Salt Lake City chapter in the news

A recent article in the Intermountain Catholic, newspaper of the Diocese of Salt Lake City, features the Saint Catherine of Siena Chapter of Western Province Lay Dominicans in Salt Lake City. Lay Dominicans are Catholic men and women who may be single or married with families. They promise to follow The Rule of the Lay Chapters of St. Dominic, and meet in community regularly and participate with the friars, nuns, and sisters, as well as the Church in general, in praying the Liturgy of the Hours. Lay Dominicans discern their vocation, participate in a formation process, and make a life commitment. Read article

Faith and Film

Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the new “Cinderella” has been given a first-rate production on all counts. In Chris Weitz’s screenplay, the human drama is at the heart of the story. With its emphasis on the virtues of courage and kindness that Ella’s dying mother passes on to her, this “Cinderella” resembles a Jane Austen study of virtues. Read review by Tom Condon, OP

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March 25, 2015 March 12, 2015 Feb 25, 2015
Feb 11, 2015 Jan 21, 2015 Jan 7, 2015
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August 27, 2014 August 13, 2014 July 30, 2014
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Sister Dusty and Iraqi sisters: ‘A friendship forged in conflict’

In a recent article in Global Sisters Report, Sister Durstyne Farnan, OP (Adrian) writes about her personal experience in developing longtime relationships and sharing faith with Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, Iraq.

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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.

More info

New web site for Dominicana

The Dominicana journal is published by Eastern Province student friars at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. Blog posts are updated on weekdays, and the print journal, available for a small subscription fee, is published twice a year.

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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.

Learn more

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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Women and the Economy: Incorporating Values and Equality into Economics

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