Sister Mary Diana Dreger, OP (Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia) earned a medical degree at Vanderbilt University in 2001. She ministers as a primary care physician at St. Thomas Family Health Center South in Nashville, Tennessee. Sister Mary Diana was recently featured in an article in the National Catholic Reporter: “Dominican nun, doctor strives to heal the whole person.” Read story
Monthly Archives: November 2011
A financial report of the UN Secretary General in 2009 stated that 80 percent of all Foreign Direct Investment invested in Africa is in resource-rich countries, and since then, these numbers have remained increasingly concentrated around these areas. While investment in a certain country (especially a lesser-developed one) is certainly to be commended, the manner in which this money is used should also be examined.
During the Columbus Day weekend, the Young Dominican
Mission Team (Michelle Schultz, Dan Cummings, and Sean Mundy) traveled to Columbus, Ohio to participate in Ohio Dominican University’s centennial celebration. Michelle, Dan and Sean are members of Dominican Young Adults USA and have participated in both the high school and college preaching conferences.
With a mixture of personal witness talks, song, fun, and facts about St. Dominic and the mission of the Order, the team conveyed to their audience how important these experiences have been in forming their spirituality and their future connection to the Dominicans. The target audience is young adults, but the presentation is designed to touch a wide variety of people and age groups. The team members each say without reservation that their associations with the Dominican Order have made a tremendous difference in how they live their lives.
Sister Catherine Colby, OP, director of the Center for Dominican Studies at Ohio Dominican University, told the team that a chapter of Dominican Young Adults USA will be up and running at the university by this time next year!
Videos of Young Dominican Mission team presentations are available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/DYACommunications.
New: Vatican Radio interview with Toni Harris, OP
New: DVDs of Montesinos Homily, Webcast Available
- Brian Pierce, OP and Jim Barnett, OP presented a re-enactment of the Montesinos Homily and provided a commentary. It is now available on DVD. Download an order form (PDF)
- The DVD of the Nov. 21 webcast, The 500th Anniversary of Dominican Preaching in the Americas, is now available from The Center Shop in Sparkill, New York through Sister Ann Eigenbauer, OP. Download order form (PDF)
In September 1510, when the Dominicans arrived at Hispaniola, they engaged in pastoral care of the Spaniards and evangelization of the natives. Very soon, the Dominicans became aware of the bad treatment the indigenous peoples received as they were forced to become servants of the Spaniards. Confronted with submission and oppression of the natives, the Dominican community dedicated long hours in meetings to study the problem in depth, until they decided to make a public denouncement of the atrocities.
Call to Preach
As Women and Men of the Order of St. Dominic, we are invited to participate in the request to preach on the fourth Sunday of Advent, 2011 to commemorate the sermon preached by Antonio Montesinos on Espanola:
From the General Chapter of Rome, 2010
The friars prepared the denouncement in the form of a sermon to which they gave long and hard deliberation, with the participation of the whole community. Once they decided on the text and wrote it down, it was signed by each one of the members of the community. Fr. Antonio Montesinos was commissioned by the community to preach this homily during the Advent Liturgy in 1511. We celebrate the 500th Anniversary of this significant preaching presence in the Western Hemisphere this upcoming Advent 2011.
We invite the Dominican Family to find ways to celebrate this preaching presence beginning with the First Sunday of Advent Nov. 27 and throughout the year 2012.
The steering committee for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Dominicans in the Americas has developed prayers for each Sunday of Advent, which begins Nov. 27. The prayers are available in PDF format. Download prayers: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4
Dominicans and International Human Rights
Dominican Province of St. Joseph
Jan. 7, 2012
Fourth Sunday of Advent 2011: Montesino Sermon
Reflection by Mary Pat Dewey, OP
Preaching by Mignonne Konecny, OP
Preaching from a Wooden Bench: the mendicant, contemplative preaching of the first Dominicans in the Americas
Brian Pierce, OP
Stir Up Our Hearts, O God
Martha Alken, OP
The Hispaniola Homily: 1511-2011
Reclaiming the Tradition
Arlene Flaherty, OP, D.Min.
A reflection to aid in preparing to preach in honor of Montesinos
Clare Fichtner, OP
Two hymns to use for the celebration of the 500 years of the Prophetic Preaching in the Americas. We thank the Dominican sisters in Australia for these gifts!
Hymn: Antonio de Montesinos
PDF Text: vv 1-2 John Bell
vv 3-4 Helen Ryan, OP (Australia)
Hymn in Honor of Fray Anton Montesino
Cecily Sheehy, OP (New Zealand)
Any questions on use of this music, please contact Jill Shirvington: email@example.com
Submitted by Brian J. Pierce, OP
The webcast is archived on UStream.
Order a DVD of the webcast
The Dominican Family participated in a webcast Nov. 21. We had 400 connections live from as far as Peru and Australia, and within a week there were 2,000 requests to watch it on a later date. We realize that there is great interest and energy among the Dominican Family to hear about our history and current commitments to justice.
The program focused on past and present issues challenging the Dominican Family in America. The webcast featured the Rev. James Barnett as Fr. Montesinos, along with a panel of preachers (Marcelline Koch, OP, Margaret Mayce, OP and Chuck Dahm, OP), and a presentation by Toni Harris, OP. View video
Remarks on Racism by Sister Marceline Koch, OP
Address to Antonio Montesinos by Sister Joaquina Pacheco Villar
Opportunity to Schedule Play in the Midwest
The Alma College (Alma, Michigan) Drama Department is willing to perform “The Controversy of Valladolid” at your motherhouse or College during the months of January through March, 2012. To schedule this event, contact Dr. Dana Aspinall: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 989-463-7269.
The play takes place after Europeans invaded the land, destroyed the culture, plundered natural resources and subjected thousands of people to servitude, torture and death, the church agonized over its question of the indigenous peoples: Are they human? Are they children of God? Based on a Spanish Papal Tribunal of 1550 this drama reveals the fate of millions of American natives by bringing to light the real-life debates whose outcomes are still felt today.
Movie: Tambien la lluvia (Even the Rain)
The film, “Tambien la lluvia” (Even the Rain) premiered in Traverse City, Michigan, at Michael Moore’s Film Festival. Moore had this to say about it: “Even the Rain is a brilliant movie. At a time when the poor of the world seem to be rising up, I found myself deeply moved and completely enthralled by this film. I encourage everyone in search of a great movie to go see Even the Rain.”
This fictional quest to make a film against all odds, is set against the back drop of the real life “Water Wars,” fought against the privatization of Bolivia’s water supply in the year 2000 and is anchored in the philosophies of historian Howard Zinn, as well as the stories of 16th century priests, Fathers Bartolome de las Casas and Antonio Montesinos, the first radical voices of conscience against an Empire. Read a review of the film by Prakash Anthony Lohale, OP, in Dominican Life | USA.
Call for Artists
Artists of all kinds, musicians, painters, poets, dancers, sculptors, photographers, film makers, playwrights and others are invited to express their ideas in new work that would connect with the current issues of justice particularly focusing on immigration, racism, military spending as well as with the history of the Dominican Order in the Western Hemisphere. Please do not send art work, but only send photographs of art with information regarding the size, medium to Lucianne Siers, OP: Lsiers6720@aol.com, 1533 Parker Street, Bronx, NY 10462.
Anniversary Steering Committee
Toni Harris, OP
Chuck Dahm ,OP
Mary Sue Kennedy, OP
Margaret Mayce, OP
Dusty Farnan, OP
Lucianne Siers, OP
For more information, contact Sister Lucianne Siers at Lsiers6720@aol.com.
Articles of Interest
Juan Manuel Péerez García, OP
Francisco Javier Martínez Real, OP
Brian Pierce, OP
In May 2010, an international panel of younger Dominican sisters addressed prioresses gathered at the Dominican Sisters International (DSI) Assembly in Rome. Their thoughts and feelings inspired the prioresses of the North American congregations to call for a gathering of younger Dominican sisters from their continent.
On Oct. 7, the Feast of the Holy Rosary, more than 30 women from 13 congregations gathered at the motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose in Fremont, California. With the theme of “Walking Together with Realism, Daring and Hope,” they spent the next three days sharing, praying, and learning more about their Dominican identity in a global context. They discussed their hopes and dreams for Dominican religious life and the unique challenges of being the younger members of their congregations.
Sister Lystra Long, a Sinsinawa Dominican originally from Trinidad-Tobago, and Sister Mary Vuong, a Dominican Sister of Peace, both shared how valuable they thought the gathering was. “It means so much to be able to see each other, to hear one another’s voices, and realize how much we have in common, with each other as well as with the older members of our communities,” Sister Mary said.
Sister Margaret Mayce, OP, Dominican NGO representative at the United Nations, and Sister Toni Harris, OP, International Co-Promoter for Justice and Peace, were keynote speakers. Also in attendance were Mary Sue Kennedy, OP, executive director of the Dominican Sisters Conference; Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP, North American Coordinator for DSI; and Sister Maria Fabiola Velasquez Maya, OP, International Coordinator of Dominican Sisters International. Sister Gloria Marie Jones, OP, and the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose were delighted to host.
For many, this was their first trip to California, and time was set aside for exploring in San Francisco. Some of the visitors were able to visit the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael for a tour and dinner on Monday before they returned home with a new perspective, and new friends. All of the participants left determined to continue to share their hopes, dreams and ideas among themselves, and with all of the North American Dominican Congregations. The tremendous energy and spirit of these younger sisters inspired everyone they met, and reminds all Dominicans that we are all walking together with realism, daring and hope.
Story and photos submitted by Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose