For further information on any of the news items listed here, please contact Alice Black, PhD, OPA, Director of Communications & Mission Advancement, at 614-416-1020.


Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert to Speak at Women of the Church National Conference

women-of-church-logoDominican Sister of Peace Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, will speak at 2016 Women of the Church National Conference.

Responding to Pope Francis’ call for “a more incisive presence” of women in the Church, two Indiana Benedictine institutions are co-hosting “Women of the Church: Strength of the Past. Hope for Tomorrow. A Catholic Leadership Conference.”

The conference seeks to recognize and support the many ways that women participate in the mission of the Catholic Church. Although the conference is more than a year away, the planning committee has already prepared a program of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, liturgies and cultural events.

The conference, which is open to Catholic men and women, will be held October 7-9, 2016. Hosting the event are Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, and the Sisters of Saint Benedict of Ferdinand, IN, where the conference will be held.

The conference will feature three nationally known keynote speakers.

  • Dr. Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, will speak on “Working for a Better World: God, Neighbor, Self.”
  • Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings, director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame and an associate professor of American studies and history, will give a talk on models of Catholic women’s leadership.
  • Dominican Sisters of Peace Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame, will be speaking on “Go and Tell: The Testimony of Women and the Faith of the Church.”

Archbishop Joseph Tobin, CSsR, of Indianapolis, IN, and Bishop Charles Thompson of Evansville, IN, will also participate in the program. Topics for the breakout sessions will include leadership formation, vocational discernment, spirituality, Catholic health care, youth ministry, the Benedictine charism, and cultivating leaders for a multicultural Church.

The conference is designed for both women and men in the Church, including professional lay ecclesial ministers, scholars, teachers, youth and campus ministers, active parish leaders and volunteers, healthcare providers and social workers, religious and those discerning a call.

For the schedule and more information on conference speakers, visit the conference website.

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God’s ways are not our ways

Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP
Blog by Sr. June Fitzgerald, OP

Last weekend I attended a young adult retreat sponsored by the local Diocese. It was held at a beautiful retreat center in a bucolic setting – replete with walking trails with the Stations of the Cross, several grottos and Silence. I would like to say that I was one of the young adults but, I don’t think I qualify in that category anymore. I was there to serve as a companion and Spiritual Director to the retreatants. I was deeply touched and impressed with their witness of faith and their quest to intentionally live lives of meaning and service. Continue reading →

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Attitudes of Gratitude

Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP
Blog by Sr. Barbara Kane, OP

“We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones.” – Colossians 1:3-4

Paul, the great apostle of the Gentiles, used letters to teach the communities that he preached to. We are blessed to have these letters for our instruction as well. Today, Paul begins his letter to the Colossians with this statement of appreciation: Continue reading →

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Listening: The Most Neglected Aspect of Public Life

Reflection by Associate Ron Hustedde, OPA
Reflection by Associate Ron Hustedde, OPA

At a recent gathering of Dominican Sisters and Associates in Springfield, KY, I was amazed at the diversity and abundance of Dominican ministries that are linked with peace-making. The participants also talked about St. Catharine Motherhouse and how it is a sign of peace and welcome. One can viscerally sense the Divine Presence in our gatherings by just walking through St. Catharine’s doors. Continue reading →

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Time for a March on Washington?

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

What is left to say about the slaughter of children, students, movie goers and reporters like 24 year-old Alison Parker, killed while doing an early morning television interview? As with every previous shooting, there will be shock, responses from elected officials expressing “prayers and sympathy,” but no commitment to responsible, common sense legislation. Continue reading →

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