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Be peace, build peace, preach peace
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 11:04
St. Dominic College, Auckland, NZ
September 25, 2014
 
St. Dominic College is a Catholic high school with strong Dominican identity and practice in Auckland. Margaret Mayce OP  (DSI Delegate in the United Nations)  was invited to talk with the student body at an assembly and throughout the day in classroom settings. The school is operated by a lay staff who also spent another full day with Margaret on staff development.
 
It was a very powerful moment, and I felt that the decorum and graciousness of the students were a wonderful reflection on the educational legacy of the New Zealand Dominicans.
 
"What can you do to be peace, to build peace and to preach peace? ” Margaret asked the students. She encouraged them to see themselves as making a difference in the world. "The world is in our hands, and it is our responsibility to care for it."
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Dominican Sisters International representatives visit Sinsinawa Mound
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 13:48
SINSINAWA, Wis.—The Sinsinawa Dominicans welcomed sisters representing Dominican Sisters International (DSI) to Sinsinawa in Sept. 21-23. DSI International Coordinator Sister Marie Therese Clement and DSI Continental Coordinator for North America Sister Rose Marie Riley gave a talk on the work of DSI. Sr. Marie Therese reflected on the important relationships of Dominican sisters worldwide. She stressed gratitude and prayerful support are part of being family to one another. Sr. Rose Marie spoke about how the funding provided by the participating Congregations is used within the organization. During the visit, a prayer service was held in conjunction with United Nations International Day of Peace. All present prayed for peace in our world and in our hearts.
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Presentation at the UN in Geneva, for the liberation of our towns Christianity
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 08:21

Dominican Iraqi friar, Amir Jaje in public session of the UN in Geneva on 09/16/2014 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 18.09.2014 for the liberation of our towns Christianity:
 
Cry of distress
 
that Iraqi Christians with other minorities, have received, since the takeover of the so-called Islamic state on the northern city of Mosul, a painful blow at the heart of their lives and their presence: from the displacement of more than a hundred and twenty thousand people a Christian, uprooted, forced humiliating, and stole their possessions and their money and their belongings, and the seizure of their homes, no charge, but because they refuse to leave their faith and belief!
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Sisters celebrate 120 years on the Santa Sabina site
Tuesday, 23 September 2014 07:15
On 10th September each year the Sisters of Eastern Australia celebrate the foundation day of their congregation in Maitland in 1867. This year, on this day, they remembered especially a foundation, made from St Mary’s Maitland 120 years ago, at Santa Sabina, Strathfield. Fifty Sisters gathered to celebrate Mass together and gave thanks for the work of the Spirit in and through them over such a long period.
 
After Mass the Sisters, in the presence of the College Executive and the new College Leaders, planted a tree in front of their Administration Centre at Rosary Lodge. This continued a special tradition. When the Sisters first bought the property on what was then referred to as ‘Redmyre Road Boulevarde’, the Maitland Ex-students came to Sydney and planted many trees, some of which still stand tall in the College grounds. The new Jacaranda tree will overlook the orange tree, struck from Dominic’s tree in Rome, which also marks its one hundred and twentieth year. Is this the oldest fruit bearing tree in Australia?
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Introducing the New Website of the Dominican Sisters of Hawthorne
Monday, 22 September 2014 08:30
The Congregation of Saint Rose of Lima was founded in 1900 by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, (Mother Mary Alphonsa). Rose was a convert to Catholicism and in searching for a way to serve God and the poor began the work of caring for incurable cancer patients on the Lower East side of Manhattan, New York.
 
The Hawthorne Sisters are committed to the traditional pillars of Dominican Life: prayer, community life, study and preaching. As consecrated religious, they live their consecration first through the daily Liturgy of the Eucharist, daily liturgical prayer, common apostolate and lifelong study.
 
Like St Dominic who was full of solicitude for all of humanity, Mother Mary Alphonsa was moved with tender compassion for the most neglected and marginalized segment of society in her day, the cancerous poor.
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Jubilee 2016: A Celebration of the Dominican Family
Monday, 22 September 2014 07:58
IBDF Meeting 2014
The International Board of the Dominican Family (IBDF) met on the 13th of September 2014 at Santa Sabina, Rome. This is the umbrella body of the entire Dominican family comprising of delegates and representatives of each branch of the family. It meets annually to discuss common goals and ways of working together as a family.
 
The highlight of this year’s meeting was the upcoming Jubilee of the Order. Fr Franklin Buitrago Rojas, the General Secretary of the Order and also the General Promoter of the Jubilee was at the meeting to intimate the members on the programme of the celebration and the preparations thus far. He stressed that it is a celebration of the entire Dominican family and each branch is to seek out the most suitable way to participate in the celebration. Although he presented the general proposals for the celebration, he emphasized the fact that most of the celebrations will be at the local levels; at the regions, countries, entities, convents etc. He urged the representatives to help promote the Jubilee by spreading information about the activities within their branch of the family. All information concerning the celebrations will be available on the Jubilee website of the Order.
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The powers that be, do they really have a life of their own?
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 08:46

New Zealand, September 10, 2014.-  That is the question NGO Representative Sr. Margaret Mayce, OP (Amityville) asked the Annual General Meeting of the Aotearoa Pax Christi meeting held on 5 September 2014 in Auckland, NZ. Margaret was invited to speak at the meeting as part of her visit as the guest of the Dominican Sisters of New Zealand. Sr. Joan Hardiman, OP, a member of Aotearoa Pax Christi, was our host.

Margaret asked the question: “The powers that be, do they really have a life of their own?” She recalled Fr. Antonio Montesinos, OP, who, spoke out against the forced labor of indigenous people in 16th Century Dominican Republic and Haiti, once known as Hispaniola. “By what right do you enslave these people?” Montesinos asked. "Are they not human beings? Do they not also have a soul?" He preached on behalf of the Dominican Community who could no longer tolerate the abuse and enslavement of the native peoples.
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DSI General Assembly 2013


The New Evangelization and
Our Dominican Mission Today

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