July 23, 2018, Adrian, Michigan – The second in a series of educational forums on resilient communities is being offered by Adrian Dominican Sisters from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center. Titled “Resiliency in our Midst,” the program includes presentations by Adrian Dominican Sisters Judy Byron, OP, Maurine Barzantni, OP, and Janet Stankowski, OP, on their experiences in serving in resilient communities.
Monthly Archives: July 2018
The Dominican Sisters Conference elected two new members, Sister Corinne Sanders, OP (Adrian) and Sister Pamela Mitchell, OP (Sinsinawa), to the DSC Executive Committee for the next three years, beginning October 2018.
Leave No Trace is an excellent movie directed and written (with Anne Rosellini) by Debra Granik. Granik’s last film was the equally impressive Winter’s Bone from 2010. Even though Leave No Trace takes place in Oregon and Washington and Winter’s Bone in the Missouri Ozarks, both demonstrate Granik’s fondness for rural, wooded places and the people who inhabit them. It’s not often movies feature rural settings and their inhabitants with dignity and respect.
Another similarity between the two movies is the presence of strong young actresses. Winter’s Bone featured an Oscar nominated performance by young newcomer Jennifer Lawrence. Leave No Trace features an amazing performance by a young New Zealand actress named Thomasin McKenzie. Like Jennifer Lawrence, it would be great to see Tomasin McKenzie receive an Oscar nomination next year for her first performance.
Leave No Trace tells the story of Will (Ben Foster, also excellent), a veteran suffering from PTSD. As the movie opens, Will and his teenage daughter Tom (McKenzie), are living in a large, urban park in Portland, Oregon. As a result of his PTSD, Will needs to be in the open, unable to live in a conventional house around other people. Will is distrustful of everyone but Tom. Will and Tom speak of Tom’s mother in a way that makes it sound like she is dead. Father and daughter have a very close relationship, and they rely totally on each other.
Award-winning documentary, South Texas Gentle Men of Steel – Los Padres, is now listed and available on Amazon Prime.
“I invite my Dominican brothers, sisters and friends to visit Amazon Prime and take a look at our documentary,” said Southern Dominican Province Friar Armando P. Ibáñez, O.P., writer-producer-director of the film which has won numerous international film awards, including Best Documentary April 2018, London International Film Festival.
“Our film is dedicated to the Dominican Order in commemoration of our 800th anniversary,” he said.
“Visits and viewing on Amazon Prime will really help us promote the film, as well as support our filmmaking work.”
Please click here to find the documentary on Amazon Prime.
Photo of the Week: Dominican Sisters of Adrian – ‘Sister Emmy Choge, OP, Becomes Naturalized U.S. Citizen’
“About 16 years after coming to the United States on sabbatical, Sister Emmy Chelagat Choge, OP, a native of Kenya, became a U.S. citizen during a formal naturalization ceremony. Accompanied by Adrian Dominican Sisters and Associates, Sister Emmy joined new citizens from throughout the world in taking the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and in receiving the certificate of her citizenship.”