Friday, October 28, 2016

October Highlights

October was filled with so many treats! As an added bonus during the month we learned a few tricks or techniques for our personal and spiritual growth!  Among the various insights provided to the Collaborative Dominican Community was the opportunity to experience our global Dominican family, grow in relation with our community and the continued invitation to go deeper in our relationship and reliance on God.  

As we conclude our October blog we hope that your month has also been blessed with many memorable experiences.  May this October conclude with many more treats than tricks! 

We had the opportunity to join the Dominican Sisters Conference meeting in St. Louis.  It was wonderful to get to spend time some of the admirable women who are members of the leadership from the various congregations that are part of DSC!  For more information about DSC, please visit

During October 10 – 14, 2016 St. Louis, Missouri was the gathering place for Dominican Nuns, Brothers, Sisters and Laity from all over the world as part of the celebration of the 800 anniversary of the Dominican Order. The jubilee celebration was hosted by the Aquinas Institute of Theology in collaboration with the Dominicans at the Institute for Pastoral Homiletics in Germany and the Institute for Preaching in the Philippines. 

The event included various presentation addressing the Dominican essence and service to our world. The keynote presentation was given by Father Bruno Cadore, OP, Master of the Dominican Presentation and featured presentations included Sr. Sara Boehmer, OP Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Bethany, Theologian and Economist from Waldniel, Germany and Dr. Mary Erika Bolanos, Dominican laywoman and Professor of Theology at the University of Santo Tomas from Manila, Philippines. The event and gathering was a wonderful opportunity to encounter our global Dominican Family!

We had the great privilege to be joined by Sister Honora Werner, OP.  During our conversation, Sister Honora shared the story behind the making of our prayer book, Dominican Praise.

As part of our Dominican formation our directors bring together members of our Dominican Family during a panel discussion.  These events allow us the opportunity to have an in-depth look at the Four Pillars and what they mean to the Dominican essence.  During the month of October we counted with the insight from Dominican Sisters Elyse Marie Ramirez, and  Maureen Geary as well as Dominican Bothers Harry Byrne and Lorenzo Laorden.  Our distinguished guest provided detailed information on the topic of community and its important role! 

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