Wisdom House Retreat Center and the Center for Catholic Studies at Fairfield University are co-sponsoring “Vatican II: An Unexpected Revolution” Sept. 28–29. at Wisdom House in Litchfield, Connecticut. The program begins with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday and concludes at 2:30 pm Saturday. The program will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council by exploring its purpose and legacy. Presenters include Maureen Sullivan, OP, PhD; Paul Lakeland, PhD; and the Most Rev. Peter A. Rosazza, D.D. For more information, call 860-567-3163 or visit www.wisdomhouse.org.
Monthly Archives: August 2012
The Archdiocese of New Orleans and the congregations of women religious serving there—including the Adrian Dominican Sisters—are offering women a home where they can discern God’s call in their lives. Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans blessed the Magnificat House of Discernment for Women on Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Read more
“Trailblazers in Habits,” a 90-minute film documenting the pioneer work of Maryknoll Sisters, the first U.S.-based congregation of Catholic women religious dedicated to foreign mission, will have its New York premiere on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012, at 2 p.m. at the SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd St., New York, NY.
An intimate portrait of the Maryknoll Sisters’ ground-breaking endeavors in Hong Kong and elsewhere throughout the world, “Trailblazers in Habits” tells the story, in the sisters’ own words, of the congregation’s work in education, healthcare, and the cause of social justice. A moving and absorbing chronicle that spans 100 years and several continents, the film celebrates the intelligence and tenacity, the love, compassion and generosity of these early feminists. The premiere coincides with the Maryknoll Sisters’ Centennial year.
Production of the film was almost entirely funded by donations from the thousands who attended Maryknoll schools around the world. Maryknollers wanted a way to tell the full story of the sisters’ contributions to their communities, from the building of schools and hospitals around the world to helping lay the foundation of Hong Kong’s social welfare system.
Award-winning director Nancy Tong, an alumna of Maryknoll School, Hong Kong, is contributing all the proceeds from the film to the Maryknoll Sisters. She and some of the sisters will be present at the premiere for the Q&A session.
For more information on the film, visit www.trailblazersinhabits.net.
by Alison Faubert
“I never would have guessed when I entered religious life that I would be doing this,” smiles Nancy Murray, OP, about her 12-years-and-counting run in a one-woman show, “Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times.” While on the surface it may seem somewhat unusual for a nun to be an actress, it actually makes a lot of sense when you consider the family she comes from. Four of her siblings also act—most famously her brother Bill, the Oscar-nominated star of “Lost in Translation” and dozens of other movies. “He said one day: ‘People have been sending me all these articles about you,’ and I said: “Great! All these years they’ve been sending them to me about you’.”
Sister Nancy will perform the two-hour show as a fundraiser for the Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center in Ossining, New York, on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 12:30 p.m. She wrote the show at the behest of a panel for the Dominican Leadership Conference (DLC) in 2000. Based on recent translations of 400 letters in which the 14th century Italian saint debated political and church issues of the day with princes, cardinals and popes, it shows Catherine as a precocious but rebellious child in a large Tuscan family who grew up to be a “radical feminist” with lots of spunk and humor, says Sister Nancy.
Catherine wielded extraordinary influence for a woman of her time, and is credited with helping to influence Pope Gregory XI to bring the Papacy back from Avignon to Rome and to reform the clergy. Catherine, who died at 33, is a Doctor of the Church and, with St. Dominic, considered a co-founder of the Dominican Order. “She was strong and feisty,” Sister Nancy says, “but her affection was irresistible.”
And why does Sister Nancy call her “a woman for our times”? Parallels abound, says Sister Nancy, between St. Catherine’s 14th century world and ours—including a health scourge (the plague then, AIDS now), wars, a failure to take care of the poor and, of course, troubles within the church.
Catherine, in Sister Nancy’s words, “will ever be the voice of the humble, the one who speaks truth to power.” And playing her onstage so many times has inevitably affected Sister Nancy: “I can’t keep doing her lines without saying ‘I’ve got to write to the government’” to protest or to plead for something she believes in—such as helping the poor. When she is not onstage, Sister Nancy works in a shelter in Chicago, doing the women’s laundry, or with migrant children.
While she isn’t planning to doff St. Catherine’s habit just yet, Sister Nancy is starting to branch out a bit. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur have asked her to tell the story of Sister Dorothy Stang—an advocate of the rural poor in the Brazilian rainforest who was murdered by two ranchers for her convictions—and she is working on a script for a play about Karen Klimczak, the Sister of St. Joseph who worked tirelessly on behalf of ex-prisoners—and who was murdered on Good Friday, 2006, by a parolee.
“People love stories,” observes Sister Nancy, “and these are stories they need to hear.”
“St. Catherine of Siena: A Woman for Our Times” will be performed at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, a sponsored ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, in Ossining, New York, on Sunday, Oct. 14. Tickets are $35 for a matinee and lunch. There will be two seatings, first seating 11:30 lunch and 12:30 matinee, second seating 12:30 matinee and 2:30 lunch. Call (914) 941-4455 for more information or reservations or visit www.mariandale.org.
Alison Faubert is communications director for the Dominican Sisters of Hope
The Dominican Family Justice and Peace Commission in Mexico wrote a letter to the Dominican family in the United States, seeking solidarity with their Caravan for Peace, which began Aug. 12 and continues through Sept. 12. Participants in the caravan are family members of victims of violence in Mexico. The caravan will be hosted by U.S. Dominicans at several locations throughout the U.S. More photos and information about the caravan will be posted in the Sept. 12 DomLife update.
August 17, 2012
To: Dominican Family USA
Re: Mexican Caravan for Peace in the USA
From: Dominican Family Justice and Peace Commission in Mexico
Our dear sisters and brothers in St. Dominic,
We write you from Mexico seeking your solidarity with the Mexico/United States CARAVAN FOR PEACE which has just begun this week. The caravan will travel Aug. 12–Sept. 12, 2012 and traverse the U.S. from San Diego across the Mexican US border and then continue north and east to Washington D.C. It is already on the road. See details below and please join us!
The participants in this caravan are primarily family members of the victims of violence. Javier Sicilia is leading the group of parents, siblings and friends of the disappeared and assassinated in Mexico. His son was killed in Cuernavaca in March 2011. Additionally activists in Mexico and the United States are with the caravan organizing the logistical needs. Global Exchange from California is a key organizer from the U.S. and will have staff members with the caravan. Follow the caravan at www.caravanforpeace.org
The caravan will engage the public in dialogues on bi-national drug policies, money laundering, the sale of arms from the U.S. to Mexico and the awareness of the thousands of victims from the “war on drugs.” Mexican Dominicans participated widely in 2011 in two caravans within Mexico. Fray Miguel Concha, OP; Bishop Raul Vera OP; Sr. Aline Ussel, OP; Fr. Gonzalo Ituarte, and many other Dominican laity, sisters and friars journeyed north and south in Mexico in solidarity with the families of the victims. These caravans of compassion gave voice to the cries and agony of the distraught family members and raised awareness of the impunity in the acts of violence.
Your participation now as Dominicans in the United States is strongly encouraged. As Dominicans in Mexico, we invite, encourage you, to reach out to your neighbor Mexico and stand with us for justice. The staff at Global Exchange have been key in organizing this caravan in the U.S. Visit their web site for the route details, and ways you can participate. Those in the caravan from Mexico need housing, meals, places to speak, publicity, musicians, artists and financial support. As Dominicans in Mexico, we encourage you to make the Dominican family presence known in this significant caravan for peace and dignity.
Jesus calls us in the Parable of the Good Samaritan to reach out to our neighbor, to take time and be a healing presence to those in need. Stand for justice on these key issues around drugs and arms sales. Together we can work binationally for systemic changes on these key issues. Come join us on this caravan for peace and nonviolence. Help spread the word of this event through your technology communication networks.
We ask you to keep those participating in the caravan in your prayers these next weeks. If you would like to participate, please contact Kathy Long, OP.
Thank you and peace!
Your sisters and brothers In St. Dominic,
Dominican Family Peace and Justice Commission Mexico,
Miguel Concha, OP, Friars, Director of Fr. Vittoria Center of Human Rights
Daniel and Bet Barrios, Dominican Laity
Alejandra del Cueto, Dominican Laity
Maria Mapelli, Dominican Laity
Dorys Gilma, Dominicans of the Presentation
Magdalena Flores, Dominicans of Christian Doctrine
Susana Carillo, Dominicans of St. Thomas
Fide Luna, Associate with Dominicans of Incarnate Word
Marisol Lopez, Dominican Youth Movement
Luz del Carmen Dominguez, Dominicans Queen of the Rosary/ Mission San Jose
Kathy Long, OP, Dominicans of Sinsinawa, WI USA