Sister Sharon Zayac, OP (Springfield) will lead a retreat, “Evolutionary Consciousness: An Emerging Worldview,” May 15–17 at Siena Center in Racine, Wisconsin. Program description: “We are in the midst of a cosmic shift in understanding who we are as persons, as people of faith, as a human species. What is this newly emerging consciousness? What does it teach us about who we are, how we are related to the whole, and how we image Holy Mystery? Using The Cosmic Story as our context, we will find inspiration and hope as we explore and reflect upon its deeper meaning.” Sister Sharon has a master’s degree in Earth Literacy from Saint-Mary-of-the-Woods College, Indiana, and is the director of Jubilee Farm, her congregation’s 111-acre center for ecology and spirituality.
Monthly Archives: April 2015
We Have Family in Iraq
Sister Marcelline Koch, OP (Springfield) recently had an opportunity to speak to students at Eastern Illinois University about her experience in Iraq. Her visit was featured in an article in the college newspaper. Read article
The Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, will present a free lecture series in May and June. Topics and presenters include “Inventory! What do I Have? What do I Need?” (Sister Dorothy Maxwell, May 13); “Citizens United and We the People” (Sister Cecelia Byrnes, May 20); “The Joy of the Gospel” (Sister Theresa Rickard, May 27); “Exploring the Rich Language and Culture of the Deaf” (Sister Barbara Ann Sgro, June 3); “Poetic Character Sketches” (Sister Miriam Catherine Nevins, June 10); and “Locked Up and Free” (Sister Mary Ann Collins, June 17). For more information, contact Sister Barbara Werner, 845-359-5697 or email email@example.com.
In early May, the Dominican Friars of Toronto will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Vatican II and the 800th Anniversary of the founding of the Order of Preachers. The conference will take place at St. Michael’s College in Toronto, Canada. Carla Mae Streeter, OP (Racine), will offer a paper titled, “Lonergan as Aquinas Scholar: General Empirical Method and Vatican II’s Interfaith Dialogue Challenge.” Sister Carla Mae is professor emerita of systematic theology at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri. Sister Kathleen McManus, OP (Blauvelt), associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland, Oregon, will present “Cross-grained Praxis: Edward Schillebeeckx, Vatican II, and Religious Life in the 21st Century.”
As a member of the Working Group on Girls (WGG), a coalition of over 80 national and international NGOs at the United Nations, I aim to work with and for girls to ensure their rights and voices are included at the United Nations and in international agreements. Within the WGG, I sit on the Advocacy Task Force that works to set up meetings with Missions at the UN. In recent months, I have met with representatives from Cuba, Pakistan, Guatemala, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.” Read article by Dominican Volunteer Kelly Litt