The Barry University (Miami Shores, Florida) community spent its annual Founders’ Week honoring its founders and deepening understanding of Barry’s mission and core commitments. Established in 2008, Founders’ Week commemorates Barry’s history, mission, Catholic identity, and Dominican heritage. The community remembers its founders: Mother Gerald Barry; Bishop Patrick Barry; Monsignor William Barry; John Thompson, the mayor of Miami Shores from 1943 to 1944; and the Adrian Dominican Sisters, who sponsor Barry. Read more
Monthly Archives: December 2012
By Sean Mundy
On Monday, Nov. 26, seven young adults from the DYA Chicago group entered into an experience not quite knowing what to expect. We knew we were being invited to do service by setting up an overnight shelter for the homeless of Oak Park, Illinois. The site was at the First United Methodist church, which sets up a temporary overnight shelter each night of the week for homeless through an organization called West Suburban Pads. Upon arrival, we started helping set up the sleeping pads for the guests that night.
We made sure the mattress pads had pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels. There were to be about 60 guests that night. After the pads were set up, we assisted the dinner crew in various tasks to ensure that the guests would have enough food and drink. The other volunteers (who seemed to do this regularly) were a well-oiled machine,each providing food and drink and each completing their assigned duties (preparing salad, heating up lasagna, making the vegetables, pouring out the milk, juice, or water into pitchers, etc.). Then the guests began arriving as we brought out the meal. The people we were serving were so appreciative.
I didn’t think “you’re welcome” was an appropriate response for the many thanks that the people we were serving were offering. I just wanted to tell them that I appreciated their company as fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
The night was about much more than a temporary bed, a hot meal, or a game being played. It was about relationships, human dignity, and love. This is certainly not a service trip we are likely to forget. For more information about how to help this amazing organization, visit their web site.
Jacci Brown, master teacher and former Adrian Dominican Sister, was formally welcomed into Associate Life with the Adrian Dominican Sisters on Nov. 12 during a Ritual of Acceptance. After a year of being retired from active ministry, Jacci said she felt the need to be connected again to the kind of community she had experienced in parishes and schools. “It’s in community that we come to know ourselves and we know our God,” she said. Read more
The Dominican Family includes many talented visual, literary and culinary artisans. Why not consider giving a gift from the heart and hands of a Dominican this year? This is a great way to support Dominican ministries while you cross items off your holiday shopping list. Below are some links to get you started.
More ideas are welcome! We will keep this list posted through the end of December, so if you have any links you would like to suggest, please send them to email@example.com. Thank you!
10 ways for Christmas gifts to reflect your values
National Catholic Reporter
Centro Santa Catalina
Centro Santa Catalina was founded by two Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan—Sister Donna Kustusch and Sister Eleanor Stech. In the summer of 2011, the Dominican Sisters of Peace (Columbus, Ohio) adopted the center as a new initiative of the congregation. The current director is Sister Rene Weeks, OP.
Items handmade by women in the Centro Santa Catalina sewing cooperative available for purchase include colorful shawls, blankets, tablecloths, Christmas ornaments and baby clothing.
Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey
Monastery of Our Lady of the Rosary Gift Shoppe
Sister Mary Grace Thul, OP
Contemporary religious and liturgical art
Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
Book and Gift Gallery
CON/VIDA (“with life”) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting understanding of the diverse cultures, traditions and history of the Americas expressed through popular art. Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP, Co-Director.
Sister Barbara Schwarz, OP (Amityville)
Ministry of Preaching Through the Arts
Blessing Upon Blessing (2010) and Silver Linings (2012) by Maxine Shonk, OP — The Spirituality Network
The Spirit of St. Dominic by Fabio Giardini, OP — DNS Publications
The Life of Saint Agnes of Montepulciano by Bl. Raymond of Capua — DNS Publications
Drawn by Love: A History of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena (2010) by Marie Therese Hanna, OP — Link to DomLife article
Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt
Charisma Gift Shop
Sister Pauline Blandina, OP (Sparkill)
Sister Joyce Roach, OP (Tacoma)
1111 Rose Lane
Tacoma, WA 98406-1809
Gift subscriptions to the print edition of Dominicana are available for $15 each from the Dominican Province of St. Joseph. Dominicana is a publication of the Dominican Students of the St. Joseph Province, who live and study at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, DC. The blog is updated every weekday, and the journal appears twice a year. For more information, click here.
Sustainable and Environmentally Friendly Christmas Gifts (shared by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, New Jersey)
- Buy Fair Trade products (visit www.serrv.org)
- Buy a living gift: a holly tree, rosemary tree, or plant a tree to honor someone
- Support Heiffer Interational or Habitat for Humanity
- Donate a monetary gift in honor of someone to Food for the Poor, Lamp for Haiti, to feed a family, educate a child or provide medical care
- Offer to car pool, babysit, or grocery shop for someone
- Buy a gift certificate to a local store, restaurant or movie theater
- Give a gift certificate for a service, such as a car wash, oil change, visit to a beauty parlor, massage or yoga session
- Offer to cook dinner or dessert for someone
- Reuse gift bags or wrap your gifts in reuseable cloth bags
The friars at Providence College recently held their own Iron Chef competition, with Fr. Gabriel Pivarnik, OP, the director of the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies, competing against Fr. Justin Brophy, OP, assistant chaplain. The event raised $700 to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy. The friars and their teams served 1,700 student meals in two hours and 30 minutes. Read story, watch video