UN Meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women
Monday, 16 March 2015 09:35
Once again, DSI is well represented at the CSW59 - UN Commission on the Status of Women. This year’s session focused on the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This meeting is in New York from March 9-20, 2015. They are staying at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, enjoying the gracious hospitality of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.
The sisters who are participating on this Meeting represent the five continental areas of DSI, and they are: 1. Emmanuela Okofor (Nigeria) representing the African Continent; 2. Maureen O'Connell (Holy Cross, Cumberland Park) of the Australia , representing the Asia-Pacific Continent; 3. Marjolein Bruinen (Dominicans Sisters of Bethany of Thron) of Netherlands, representing the European Continent; 4. Sandra Ede ( Dominicans of Monteils) of Brazil, representing Latin America and the Caribbean and 5. Bernadine Karge ( Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa) of USA, representing North America.
Sisters Marie Therese Clement, Coordinator of DSI; is also participating on this Meeting together with Sr. Celestina Veloso, Justice Promoter for DSI; and Pat Farrell, executive director of the Dominican Sisters’ Conference (DSC); Margaret Mayce the Delegate of DSI –ONG to the UN.
DSI Mission Brief February 2015
Friday, 06 March 2015 09:29
DSI would like to share with all of you this new format of our newsletter to provide you with event updates without a long delay. DSI intends to publish and send a newsletter monthly.
We would be grateful for your comments and suggestions in an effort to assist us in meeting your needs as well as maintaining the good standard of our publication.
I am looking forward to the opportunity to join Dominican Sisters from ﬁve continents at the The 59th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women at the UN Headquarters in New York, which is happening right now - until March 20th. Margaret Mayce and I hope to update you about the proceedings in our next newsletters. It will surely be a stimulating time of considering a worldwide perspective on the reality that women face today. May our Dominican presence bear fruit. We have a very special piece of good news this month, and that is that we have received funding from the GHR Foundation of a signiﬁcant grant proposal entitled, “From Many Voices, One Future.” These funds will assist Dominican Women Aﬁre!, the Dominican Sisters Conference, and the Sisters of St. Dominic - Blauvelt with some upcoming and collaborative projects over the next three years. We are most grateful to GHR, and will keep all of you posted about how these projects develop.
The blessed Maria Alfonsina Danil Ghattas was born in Jerusalem on the 4th of October 1843 from a family who assured her a good Christian education. She was baptised on the 19th of November in the baptismal fonts and was given the name of Soultaneh Maria.
She received the Sacrament of Confirmation on the 18th of July 1852. Feeling a vocation to the consecrated life, she entered the Institute of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the appearance in 1858 as postulant. On the 30th of June 1860 she took the veil and she received the religious name of Sister Maria Alfonsina; in 1863 she made her profession. She was responsible for teaching catechism in the popular school of Jerusalem, where she was distinguished by her zeal and the quality of her work. In addition, she promoted the Confraternity of the Immaculate Conception (which wouldsubsequently take the name of the Daughters of Mary) and later, that of the Christian mothers.
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.
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:
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.