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Preaching the Blessed Light


“Courage,” the disciples say, “He is calling you!”  This joyous message first given to the blind Batimaeus greatly encourages us friars, who ourselves have heard it as we now preach to others.  The Lord’s voice is clear and resounds in every human person; he cannot be ignored!

We friars pray your time is well spent reading over what we show you here. May it lead you to consider speaking with one of us soon about your future, on which God’s will has already been stamped.  Choose freely what God has chosen for you!

The great courage to be shown as you discern your vocation will be called on every day, but it will be your highest honour and most abundant joy, and so, your salvation for the eternal life.

Fr Paul Rowse, OP

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    Fr. Thomas Azzi is a priest of the Dominican Order. A graduate of the University of Sydney having studied commerce and law, Fr. Thomas joined the Dominican Order in 2007. His formation has seen him assigned to Brisbane, Hong Kong, Adelaide, Melbourne and now Sydney where he was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Anthony Fisher in June, 2014. Fr. Thomas is chaplain to the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) as well as Sancta Sophia College, a residential College of the University of Sydney. He is also the Provincial Promoter of Vocations for the Dominicans.

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  • Language English This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in September 1995. At that time, representatives of 189 governments set forth a series of commitments enshrined in the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. This document is considered to be the most progressive articulation for the advancement of women’s rights. The Platform for Action addresses 12 critical areas of concern that, 20 years later, seem to be more relevant than ever: women and the environment, women in power and decision-making, the girl child, women and the economy, women and poverty, violence against women, human rights of women, education and training of women, institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women, women and health, women and the media, women and armed conflict. The main focus of the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (March 9–20, New York City) will be a review of the progress, or lack thereof, of the Beijing Platform for Action. It will also serve as a moment in which to address the opportunities for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The world today is in many respects far more precarious that it was in 1995. Global climate change has become one of the most urgent issues of our times, and its devastating effects are already impacting populations and ecosystems around the globe. However, the negative impacts of climate change take a disproportionate toll on women. Inequality is another factor that holds much greater prominence today. In fact, the world is more unequal today than it has been at any point since World War II. And once again, women are among those who suffer the most. In his report to the upcoming Commission, the UN Secretary General acknowledges that progress in many of the Beijing Platform’s 12 critical areas has been unacceptably slow, especially among the most marginalized women and girls worldwide. Violence against women and girls remains a global pandemic. Persistent conflicts, the world financial and economic crises, volatile food and energy prices, food insecurity and climate change have intensified inequalities and vulnerability, with specific impacts on women and girls. Women’s Rights are Human Rights At the Beijing Conference in 1995, then First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said, “If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all." The Beijing Platform for Action makes it clear that the full and equal enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms is essential in working towards gender equality. It called on governments to promote and protect the human rights of women, through the full implementation of all human rights instruments, especially the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), to ensure equality and non-discrimination under the law. CEDAWCEDAW, or the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, was adopted by the UN in 1979, and is the most comprehensive international agreement on the basic human rights of women. It is the only international mechanism that comprehensively addresses women’s rights within political, civil, cultural, economic and social life. The treaty has helped overcome barriers to combating discrimination throughout the ratifying countries, by decreasing sex trafficking and domestic abuse, ensuring the right to vote and ability to work. Only seven nations have not ratified CEDAW: the United States, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, Iran, and the two small Pacific Island nations, Palau and Tonga. Perhaps, with some sustained pressure, President Obama will bring the treaty to the Senate for ratification before his term ends. DSI at CSW Once again, we are happy to welcome sisters from Dominican Sisters International to New York for the Commission on the Status of Women. We will be staying at Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, enjoying the gracious hospitality of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, and we will travel into the city each day on Metro North. The sisters who will join us represent the five continental areas of DSI: - Emmanuela Okofor (Nigeria) representing Africa; - Maureen O’ Connell (Australia) representing Asia Pacific; - Sandra Ede (Brazil) representing Latin America/Caribbean; - Marjolein Bruinen (Netherlands) representing Europe; - Bernadine...

  • Language English In view of the Jubilee for the 800th anniversary of the foundation of the Order, different communities and groups belonging to the Dominican family around the world are planning to visit places connected with the life of St Dominic in Spain, France and Italy. For this reason, those responsible for the promotion of the Jubilee in Spain, in collaboration with the Agency IDEATUR, have developed a proposal called "Paths of St Dominic" to help the pilgrims who want to visit the Dominican places. To see the proposed visits click here (text available in English and Spanish). Caminos de Domingo Peregrinaciones 2015-5016. Paths of St Dominic 2015-2016.   (03 March 2015) Article date: Tuesday, March 3, 2015Date overload: Tuesday, March 3, 2015Category Home: Life of the OrderCategory Location: EuropeCategory Tag Topics: Articles on the JubileeRising newsletter: Rising newsletter

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  • Auteur: jl@neomajes.com (Laurence Segbo)

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  • On March 3, the universal Church celebrates the feast of St. Katharine Drexel, a Philadelphia heiress who abandoned her family’s fortune to found an order of sisters dedicated to serving the impoverished African American and American Indian populations of the United States.Katharine was born November 26, 1858, into a wealthy and well-connected banking family. The family's wealth, however, did not prevent them from living out a serious commitment to their faith.  Her mother opened up the family house three times a week to feed and care for the poor, and her father had a deep personal prayer life. Both parents encouraged their daughters to think of the family's wealth not as their own, but as a gift from God which was to be used to help others. During the summer months, Katharine and her sisters would teach catechism classes to the children of the workers on her family’s summer estate. The practice would prepare her for a life of service, with a strong focus on education and attention to the poor and vulnerable. While traveling with her family through the Western U.S., Katharine witnessed the poor living conditions of the Native Americans. Eventually, while still a laywoman, she would give much of her own money to fund the missions and schools in these seriously deprived areas. Eventually, however, the young heiress would give more than just funding to these much-needed missions and schools. She would decide to devote her whole life to the social and spiritual development of black and American Indian communities. The inspiration for this work came to her during a visit to Rome, where she was granted an audience with Pope Leo XIII. During that time, Katharine had been considering a vocation to cloistered contemplative life as a nun. But when she asked Pope Leo XIII to send missionaries to Wyoming, he told Katharine she should undertake the work herself. In February of 1891, she made her first vows in religious life – formally renouncing her fortune and her personal freedom, for the sake of growing closer to God in solidarity with the victims of injustice.  Although African-Americans had been freed from slavery, they continued to suffer serious abuse, and were often prevented from obtaining even a basic education. Much the same situation held in the case of the native American Indians, who had been forcibly moved into reservations over the course of the 19th century. Katharine founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, for the purpose of living with these communities while helping them acquire education and grow in faith. Between 1891 and 1935 she led her order in the founding and maintenance of almost 60 schools and missions, located primarily in the American West and Southwest. Among the prominent achievements of Drexel and her order is New Orleans' Xavier University, the only historically black Catholic college in the U.S.Katharine was forced into retirement for the last 20 years of her life after she suffered a severe heart attack. Although she was no longer able to...