Submitted by Gina Fleming, O.P. (Director)
A new tradition has begun at our Motherhouse. The vespers service for the month of November is now in the capable hands of our Molloy Chapter of Dominican Young Adults USA.
Doctor Strange is the latest of the Marvel Comics superheroes to appear on screen. It tells the story of Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), a brilliant, but narcissistic, neurosurgeon. Strange is seriously injured in an auto accident. He wants to be able to perform surgery again, but has not gained full use of his hands. Strange will go to any lengths to be able to use his hands again. He finds another man who completely recovered from terrible injuries. This man tells Strange that he went to remote India to receive treatment. Desperate for a cure, Strange follows this lead.
Arrival is the story of a human encounter with extraterrestrial creatures, much like Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Without warning, twelve large objects appear hovering just above ground throughout the world, including Montana in the United States. Of course, military personnel investigate. They bring in scientists to determine who these aliens are, and why they came to earth. In the U.S., Dr. Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a linguist, grieving the death of her daughter to cancer, is summoned from her university position to attempt to communicate with the aliens. In addition, the military brings in mathematician Ian Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) to study the creatures.
The Dominican Sisters of Blauvelt gathered with the local community to stand in solidarity with the North Dakota Standing Rock Water Protectors to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline on Sunday, November 20 at Nyack Memorial Park.
Blauvelt Dominican Sister Ceil Lavan commented, “Having so many join us in our water ritual in solidarity with the Standing Rock Water Protectors warmed my heart on a cold day. The depth of the commitment of the people gathered to stand with the Dakota Sioux against the Dakota Access Pipeline and as New Yorkers against the Spectra AIM and the Pilgrim Pipelines is inspiring and gives me hope.”
“This year marks the sixteenth anniversary of the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which formally recognized the changing nature of warfare and the continued exclusion of women from the peace process. On October 25, the Security Council held an open debate, and the energy in the room was, as Ambassador Power said, ‘palpable.’” Read article by Dominican Volunteer Katherine Maloney
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