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Year of the Consecred Life Programme
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 09:41
During his address to the major superiors of male religious orders and congregations who were gathered for their 82nd General Assembly in Rome, Pope Francis announced that the year 2015 will be dedicated to the Consecrated Life.
Since the announcement, the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has been putting together a programme for the celebration. On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord (2 February), the Congregation published a letter to all men and women religious entitled, Rejoice. This is a message from the teachings of the Holy Father.
The Congregation has now released the following programme of activities: 
Thank you note from Sr. Maria Hanna
Monday, 26 January 2015 15:18
24th January 2015
Dear Dominican Sisters and Brothers,
We would like to express our deep thanks for sending delegation of sisters presented by sisters, Marcelline Koch, Dusty Farnan and Arlene Flaherty. And we also thank Brothers Timothy and Brien for their visit to us. We are grateful that they arrived to their homelands safe and sound.
Please read the complete letter here:  Dominican Sisters letter
Our brothers and sisters in Iraq
Monday, 26 January 2015 14:42
A Report of the Visit of Brian Pierce, OP (Province of St Martin de Porres, USA. Former Promoter of the Nuns of the Dominican Order) and Timothy Radcliffe OP (Province of England. Former Master of the Dominican Order)
At the invitation of fr. Amir Jaje OP, the Vicar of the Arabic Vicariate of the Province of France, we made a visit to Iraq, from January 8th to 16th. We are very aware of how superficial is our understanding of this complex and beautiful country and its suffering, but even so we would like to share what we have heard and seen, the hope that our brethren and sisters keep alive, and what we can do to support them. Please forgive any inaccuracies...
Please find the complete information here:  Iraq Report visit jan 2015 Brian Pierce OP
Catholic Charities USA Names Sister Donna Markham OP New President
Tuesday, 13 January 2015 09:05
First Woman Selected to Lead in Organization’s  105-year History
Alexandria, Va. - The Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) Board of Trustees announced today that Sister Donna Markham OP, Ph.D., president of the Behavioral Health Institute for Mercy Health, has been selected as its new president. Sister Donna, the first female president to lead CCUSA in the organization’s 105 -year history, has a doctorate in clinical psychology and a proven track record in organizational leadership. She succeeds Rev. Larry Snyder, who served as CCUSA’s president since 2005, and will officially be seated as CCUSA’s 10 the president on June 1, 2015.
 “After a nationwide search, Sister Donna was selected based on her extensive relevant experience, her demonstrated leadership skills and her deep sense of commitment to the poor,” said Sister Linda Yankoski, chair of CCUSA’s Board of Trustees  and president and CEO of the Holy Family Institute . “She has served national and local nonprofit organizations within the Catholic community at the executive and leadership levels, and brings a breadth of creativity, perspective and experience.” 
News of our Sisters in Iraq
Friday, 09 January 2015 13:07
You are aware by now of a delegation of Sisters from Dominican Sisters Conference, USA who are visiting our Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq since January 6, 2015. The following are « tit bits” of news of their experiences and reflections as they journey with the Sisters and other displaced Christians in Iraq. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
January 6
We landed in Erbil today and our Dominican sisters were waiting for us at the airport.  It was a very emotional reunion a mixture of deep joy and acknowledgment that lives have changed dramatically since we were together last.

The story of how they left Mosul and Karakosh the night of August 6 has only begun to unfold.  The departure of the Christian community under ISIS/IL terrorism was unforeseen so people are still in shock and bewilderment.  I cannot imagine leaving everything behind-livelihoods, and homes the least of it, and moving out within minutes of the terrifying news that something awful was unfolding. 
 Arlene Flaherty OP 
Meeting of Young Dominican Sisters of Europe
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:42
Dusseldorf 2015
From January 2 – 4, The Young Dominican Sisters of Europe gathered in Düsseldorf, Germany together with Sr. Else-Britt Nilsen, Coordinator for Europe, Sr. Marie-Therese Clement, DSI, International Coordinator, and Fr. Vivian Boland, Vicar of the Master of the Order and Socius for Northwestern Europe and Canada. The meeting also benefited from the valuable input of Sr. Pilar del Barrio, who shared her experience as an observer at the UN, as well as the Spanish Dominicans' work of cooperating in the mission.
The theme of the meeting was "The Mercy of God and Yours – Fraternal Support and Correction" explored with the help of Fr. Vivian Boland, as well as exemplified by the sisters’ daily life experience. The meeting was also a venue for the sisters from the different language zones and countries to get to know one another better.
USMID Metting, December 2014
Thursday, 08 January 2015 07:38
The Union of Dominican Sisters of Italy and Malta (USMID) met in Rome for their annual formation workshop from December 27 -30, 2014. The focus was on the Jubilee Celebration of the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Dominican Order and the celebration of the year of Consecrated life. 
Several sisters representing Dominican Congregations in Italy participated in the workshop which dealt with the topic “Government, Spirituality and Liberty.” Fr. Bruno Cadoré made the feature presentation speaking to the topic in light the Order’s Jubilee and the celebration of the year of Consecrated Life, while Sr. Elvige Tamburini, Dominican Sister of the Union of Saint Thomas, presented the same topic but with emphasis upon concrete circumstances in the life of Dominican Sisters of Apostolic Life.
Sr. Maria Hanna, OP has been honoured as Catholic of the Year
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 13:44
Sr. Maria Hanna, an Iraqi Dominican Sister of St Catherine of Siena has been named one of the Outstanding Catholic Leaders of the Year 2014 by Our Sunday Visitors Newsweekly.
This is in recognition of her role in saving many Iraqi Christians and minorities during the darkest days of the ISIS invasion of Iraq.

The rest of the Dominican Family continue to give their support and journey with the Iraqi Sisters in prayer. At the dawn of this New Year a delegation of 3 Sisters from the Dominican Sisters Conference, USA are presently visiting the Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq in solidarity and to aid their efforts. Let us continue to pray for the success of that visit and for continued courage and perseverance.

According to OSV, she has “made a profound difference in the Church and has been an inspiration to others in the Catholic community and beyond”. “After four months of exile, there are no signs of hope that the situation here in Iraq will be resolved peacefully,” writes Dominican Sister Maria Hanna from her place of refuge in Kurdistan. “Unable to think or make decisions,...
IDEO: Workshop in Cairo
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 11:49
IDEO, a center of Islamic study in Cairo sponsored by the Province of France, is inviting brothers and sisters of the Order to a workshop in Cairo this summer to learn about IDEO and to generate interest in Islamic studies. All expenses will be covered except for transportation to Cairo and pocket money. The workshop is offered every two years. This workshop will be for French-speaking brothers and sisters. You can find three documents, two letters explaining the program (French and English) and the registration form.

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 Sr. Marie Therese Clement, OP

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