An article in the Dec. 16, 2013 Houston Chronicle (“Even in retirement, Dominican Sisters continue service”) featured interviews with and photos of sisters living at St. Dominic Villa. Read article
Monthly Archives: January 2014
Sister Sue Tracy, OP (Grand Rapids), a four-time cancer survivor, works part time as an oncology chaplain at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sister Sue believes in the healing power of laughter, and takes this unique calling seriously: she is a certified laughter leader with the World Laughter Tour and a member of the Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor. Read article in FAITH magazine
Sister Sharon Zayac, OP (Springfield), executive director of Jubilee Farm, is serving on an international committee organized to promote the candidacy of President Anote Ton of Kiribati for the Nobel Peace Prize. President Tong is serving his third and final term as leader of Kiribati, one of many small island nations imminently threatened by the effects of global climate change. During his tenure, President Tong has led efforts to draw international attention to global climate change and to convey the urgent need for action. For more information about President Tong and the Nobel Peace Prize campaign, visit www.tongnpp.info.
The Dominican Institute for the Arts (DIA) is a grassroots collaboration of sisters, friars, laity and associates of the Order of Preachers. DIA members include painters, musicians, dancers, sculptors, filmmakers, potters, poets, actors, composers, writers, designers of sacred space, dramatists, and those who appreciate and support the arts. The organization welcomes new members. For more information, visit their new web site at www.diartsop.org or download one or both of the following PDF documents: DIA brochure | DIA membership form
Administrators, teachers, and staff from 19 Dominican schools throughout the country gathered in Lisle, Illinois in October 2013 for the fifth Convocation of Dominican Secondary Schools. The theme of the convocation was “Preaching Human Dignity in our Schools.”
The convocation was organized by the Dominican Association of Secondary Schools (DASS), an organization “dedicated to helping Dominican secondary schools throughout the country promote and maintain their Dominican identity through formation and networking opportunities,” according to DASS president Sister Jane Meyer, OP.
After a welcome by DASS executive director Sister Patricia Brady, OP, the opening prayer highlighted the historical founding of the Dominican Order, and, via a multi-media presentation, proclaimed how “the preaching continues” not only across the globe, but in each of 24 Dominican high schools in the United States today. Sister Mary Paul McCaughey, OP, superintendent of schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, exhorted the group to remember that their “very existence as schools is grounded in reverence for the human person, deeply embedded in the words and actions of Jesus and in the teachings of the Church… As Dominican educators, we always preach the dignity of the human person in the context of prayer, study, community, and service.”
Wednesday morning’s sessions began with prayer provided by the student preachers from Rosary High School in Aurora, Illinois. In the keynote address, Sister Sara Fairbanks, OP, assistant professor of systematic theology at Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida, provided a theological foundation for the study of human dignity. Sister Sara called on the participants to realize that “the foundation of human dignity is our divine origin which we share with all of creation… We are the concrete persons spoken by God.” Fr. Jim Barnett, OP, who has dedicated his life to Gospel preaching, recalled the cost of “speaking our truth about the dignity of each person” as he highlighted the challenges faced by the Dominican friars who first came to the Americas in the 16th century.
Break-out sessions included: “Welcoming Gay and Lesbian Students into our School Communities,” (Sister Jane Meyer, OP and Anne Doyle from St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas), “Training Leaders for a Just World,” (Bobby Lambert from Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights, Illinois) and “Digital Citizenship” (Jeannie Finley from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in LaCanada, California).
The convocation closed with an All Schools’ Eucharistic Liturgy celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the Dominican Order. About 500 people—personnel from the six Dominican high schools in the Chicago area, along with convocation attendees—gathered at the Candida Lund Auditorium of Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois, for the celebratory event. Sister Jamie Phelps, OP called the group to worship, and Fr. Jim Barnett, OP celebrated the liturgy. The campus ministry department of Dominican University coordinated the music, song and liturgical dance. The a capella choir from Trinity High School in River Forest also participated.