I just discovered that the Dominican Sisters of Hope redesigned their website yesterday. It is very fresh and inviting, and they are to be congratulated! As I clicked through the pages, I came across a perfect reflection for us as we begin Lent from the poetry of Connie Kelly, OP. It is entitled,“Ashes Must Be Stirred.”
Why does the Lenten Season begin on the Aventine Hill?
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 12:42
The Roman Church begins its celebration of Lent each year in the Basilica of St. Sabina on the Aventine Hill. The fact that this season starts here and that the sprinkling of ashes happens in a Dominican Church is more than a simple coincidence.
One of the paradoxes of history is that when the Dominicans received from Pope Honorius III the Basilica of St. Sabina in Rome during the thirteenth century, probably the tradition of Station Masses was no longer in use. Yet eight hundred years later it is in now in their church that the Pope receives the ashes. I am convinced that this is no mere accident. With this powerful sign of our desire to do Penance, a way of life begins each year: not only for the Order of Preachers, but for the whole Church. Together we make a common journey towards the Risen Crist. It is only in this perspective of a shared life, where we direct our attention to the spiritual and human needs of others, that our concern about prayer, fasting, and asceticism makes any sense...
Bearing witness, being church: Dominican sisters in Iraq
Monday, 09 February 2015 14:29
Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq
In the middle of makeshift refugee camps, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena are trying to make life work.
They get up every morning for prayer, and then they spend the rest of the day visiting the thousands of Iraqi refugees living in the abandoned malls and unfinished construction sites of Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. The sisters would like to open schools for the children, but for now they’re making do with a Montessori kindergarten that’s run out of an apartment.
Happy Celebration of the day set aside to celebrate the gift of Consecrated Life to the Church.
May our zeal for the Church’s mission and our desire as Dominican women to journey together in solidarity with the most vulnerable find favour with the Lord.
May we be strengthened and encouraged by the moments of joy that we experience in our collaboration with one another and our unreserved engagement in the preaching mission of the Dominican Family.
May the Lord bless each one of us with peace, courage and good health to finding new and innovative ways of bearing witness to the Gospel together.
Sr. M. Therese Clement OP
International Coordinator, DSI
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:
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.
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...
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.