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This holy trio of Dominican nuns shows that God can call any type to the convent

If you ask most people to tell you which of their acquaintances is most likely to become a nun, nine times out of 10 you’ll be directed to the shy, quiet, awkward girl. But anyone who’s spent 10 minutes with a group of nuns will tell you that not every nun is meek and homely—quite the contrary. Convents are filled with beauty queens, actresses, and investment bankers, filled with the shy retiring type, the loud and sassy type, and plenty of “problems like Maria.”

On June 8, the Church celebrates a group of these nuns: Blesseds Diana, Amata, and Cecilia, friends of St. Dominic and among the very first Dominican nuns.

Q & A with Sr. Lorelle Elcock, OP, raising money for Dominican sisters in Iraq

It’s been nearly three years since ISIS captured the Iraqi city of Mosul, causing many of the residents, including — eventually — the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena, to flee. In those three years, the sisters have reimagined many of their ministries to make them work for life in a refugee camp.

Support from the global network for Dominican sisters has helped bring these ministries to fruition. Sr. Lorelle Elcock, prioress of the New York-based Dominican Sisters of Hope, shares what her parish has done to help the Iraqi sisters.

Echoes from the Mission in East Timor: “Where is the road?”

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It has been a long time we received visitors on this island. This year, however, our Lenten season was specially blessed with three visits at the same time; the Mother General of our Congregation and her entourage, the Master of the Order with his entourage and Fr Felicíssimo. With gratitude to God for this time of grace, we share our latest news with you all, especially those who have always shown much interest in knowing what is happening in our little world.

For our visitors during the period, it was a golden opportunity to experience our life and work more closely and to share a little of our daily struggles. It was an opportunity to receive the affection of the children, to know the suffering of our people, to taste the fruits of the season (heat and rain) and to experience the lack of electricity and water. The torrential rains of March are always very strong and they do much damage on our mountainous island. They do not bring flood but mud, the kind of mud that makes driving along the roads a little more risky and uncomfortable.

Sr Stella Storch, OP, helping Tanzanian orphans earn a living

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Sr. Stella Storch, a Dominican Sister of Sinsinawa, learned firsthand in 2000 that Tanzanian orphans whose parents were decimated by AIDS are treated like second-class citizens, left vulnerable to trafficking.

She first learned about the orphans in 1990, when Sr. Hellen Bandiho, a sister of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, came to Wisconsin from Tanzania and told her about the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic.

Three years after she helped found UNANIMA in 2001, a nongovernmental organization at the United Nations, she began “Empowering Women’s Future: AIDS Orphan Sewing Project” in Bukoba, Tanzania.

Get ready to celebrate St. Catherine of Siena with this Novena

In preparation of the feast day of St Catherine of Siena on April 29 we will start a digital novena.
Each day a new prayer will appear on this site.
Please join us on www.op.org/novena or follow us through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram

What is a novena?

A novena is a traditional form of Catholic prayer.
It is an ancient devotion that consists of nine days of prayer.
Novenas are often prayed in preparation for a feast day or for a specific intention.
We pray our novena in preparation of the Feast day of St Catherine.

Dominican Sister tells of experience with refugees

Dominican-Iraqi sister Habiba Bihnam Toma spoke about the time she spent helping refugees after bombings in northern Iraq in 2014.

Toma said she and her fellow sisters did not want to leave Qaraqosh, Iraq until everyone in the village had fled, but upon hearing news that ISIS was on its way, they were forced to retreat.

“A friend called me and tearfully pleaded that the sisters leave quickly,” Toma, who began learning English in the fall, said. “ISIS had already entered…and we were in grave danger.”

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Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking: A Collection of Essays, Marking the Jubilee of the Order

How do friars of the Order of Preachers — an Order founded around study, preaching, prayer and community — best commemorate eight-hundred years of their intellectual and spiritual tradition? Fr. Jay Harrington, OP, Regent of Studies for the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great and Associate Academic Dean at Aquinas Institute of Theology (St. Louis, MO), invites the modern reader to glimpse into the lineage and tradition of the Dominicans through various lenses in his compilation, Christian Faith and the Power of Thinking: A Collection of Essays, Marking the 800th Anniversary of the Founding of the Order of Preachers in 1216.

In addition to his own chapter on the 13th-century Dominican, Augustine of Dacia, OP, Fr. Harrington includes the essays of Dominican friars from the Provinces of St. Albert the Great and St. Martin de Porres: Fr. Charles Dahm, OP; Fr. James Marchionda, OP; Fr. Thomas O’Meara, OP; the late Fr. Paul Philibert, OP; Fr. Scott Steinkerchner, OP; Fr. Benedict Thomas Viviano, OP; Fr. Mark Wedig, OP; and Fr. Richard Woods, OP. The authors treat their subjects with expertise, the fruits of the labor resulting from extensive intellectual work and practical ministerial application, and definitively within the charism of the Dominican Order.

Inquiry for the Process of Canonisation of the Dominican Pope Benedict XIII

After five years of investigations, the diocesan inquiry for the process of beatification and canonisation of the Dominican Pope Benedict XIII will officially be closed on the 24th of February 2017. The closing ceremony will take place at the Lateran Palace with Cardinal Agostino Vallini, the Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome presiding. The members of the Diocesan Tribunal which conducted the investigation will also be present: Monsignor Giuseppe D’Alonzo, Chief Judge, Don George pacifiers, Promoter of Justice, and Marcello Terramani, notary actuary. The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadoré will lead the Dominican contingent at the ceremony.

Pope Benedict XIII (Pier Francesco Orsini) was born in Gravina, Puglia on 2 February 1649/50. The first of six children of Ferdinando III, Duke of Gravina and Giovanna Frangipani of Tolfa, daughter of the Duke of Grumo. He had a strong desire for the religious life from a very young age which his family strongly opposed. At a young age and with the guardian of his mother, he inherited the reign as the Duke of Gravina after his father’s death. Under the pretext of the desire to know other parts of Italy, he travelled to Venice where he met the Dominicans. On 12 August 1668, he received the habit and took the name fra Vincenzo Maria.

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