On the Dominican Calendar, today is the day we celebrate Blessed Ceslaus, OP.
The exhibition of the works of art of the renowned Dominican artist, fr Kim En Joogn titled, “Schegge di Luce” will hold at the Pontifical Urbaniana University in Rome from 12 July to 29 September 2017.
The Master of the Order, fr Bruno Cadore has appointed fr Juan Luis Mediavilla García as the Syndic of the Order. He is a son of the Province of Hispania and he succeeds fr Hilario Provecho who has just concluded his term.
The visit of frs Bruno and Vivian was brief but a very special occasion for us here in Tehran. It was repeatedly said to me afterwards that their presence was a wonderful reminder that we are not forgotten but are part of a greater family of brothers and sisters who remember us and pray for us. On the first evening, we went to visit a small group of the Chaldean/Assyrian community who had gathered for Mass with Archbishop Ramsi, a bishop who had studied with the Dominicans in Iraq. We joined them for tea afterwards and fr Bruno spoke to the people about his meeting with the Christian community in Iraq. Fr Bruno spoke in French which was then translated into Assyrian or modern Aramaic.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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-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.”