SINSINAWA, Wis.— As part of their celebration of the 800th Jubilee of the Order of Preachers, the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa will host a Jubilee lecture by Don Goergen, OP, Ph.D., a Dominican priest, teacher, lecturer and author on Saturday, June 18. Goergen has published many articles and 10 books in the areas of Christology and Christian spirituality. His latest book, St. Dominic: The Story of a Preaching Friar, is now available from Paulist Press and will be the focus of his talk, “The Charism and Legacy of Dominic.” A book signing will be held at 12:30 p.m. with the lecture beginning at 1 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Copies of the book will be available for purchase in the Sinsinawa Book and Gift Gallery before and after the lecture. For more information, contact Sister Priscilla Wood, OP, at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.
The Order of Preachers will celebrate a Jubilee Year with the theme “Sent to preach the Gospel.” This marks the issuing of the Bulls promulgated by Pope Honorius III eight centuries ago, confirming the foundation of the Order, in 1216 and 1217. The Jubilee Year will be celebrated between Nov. 7, 2015 (Feast of All Saints of the Order) and Jan. 21, 2017 (the date of the Bull Gratiarum omnium largitori of Pope Honorius III).
GREAT BEND, KS – The Motherhouse in Great Bend had its own personal and very wonderful celebration for the 800th anniversary of the Dominican Family’s founding. The Dominican men from the Central Province Novitiate in Denver and their Director, Fr. Bob Keller, spent some fun and relaxing time with nearly 50 Great Bend area Dominican Sisters of Peace and Associates. The novices were on their way back home from their 4000+ miles of travel to Dominican sites east of Kansas. They told us what a great experience it was to meet priests, nuns, and sisters of the Family as well as to visit many of the parishes and institutions staffed by Dominicans.
A recent article in the National Catholic Register, “Dominicans at 800 Years Old: Order Committed to Preaching Piety,” highlights what U.S. members of the Order of Preachers have to say about the 800th Jubilee. Read more
NEW ORLEANS, LA — Beginning May 29, 2016, two Dominican priests will walk over 450 miles from St. Anthony of Padua Church in New Orleans to the National Shrine of St. Martin de Porres in Memphis, Tennessee. Fr. Thomas Schaefgen, OP, and Fr. Francis Orozco, OP, are celebrating the 800th anniversary of the approval of the Order of Preachers, also called Dominicans after the founder, St. Dominic de Guzman, by reaching back to the roots of the friars preachers. The Order of Preachers (Dominicans) is a Roman Catholic religious order made up of priests and brothers that was formally approved by Pope Honorius III in 1216 with the mission of “preaching and the salvation of souls.” St. Dominic followed the example of Jesus who moved about preaching the Good News from town to town, rarely staying in one place, and having no place to lay his head. The route that Fr. Thomas and Fr. Francis will travel begins in New Orleans, takes them around Lake Pontchartrain, and then they will head North through Mississippi, ending in Memphis, TN. The pilgrimage will begin on May 29, 2016, and end on June 29, 2016.
Sinsinawa Art Gallery will host the jubilee heritage exhibit, “Preaching through the Arts,” June 4-July 31. This annual summer exhibit will feature artworks by Sinsinawa Dominican sisters from early days to the present as well as sisters from three other Dominican congregations, all in honor of the 800th jubilee year of our Dominican family, the Order of Preachers. For over 800 years, Dominicans have continued to preach the Gospel in word and deed. Today, thousands of sisters, nuns, priests, brothers, associates, and laity minister in more than 100 countries around the world. The arts have been an integral part of the Sinsinawa Dominican congregation’s heritage. For more information, contact Sister Priscilla Wood, OP, at 608-748-4411 or visit our website at www.sinsinawa.org. Sinsinawa Mound, the Motherhouse for the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, is located in southwest Wisconsin on County Road Z, off Highway 11, about five miles northeast of Dubuque.