Hlavní body


Sr. Imelda Fernandezová zemřela 21. dubna 2021 a zde je přehled jejího života, který napsala sr. Cristina Antolin Tomasová, generální představená CSD.

Teprve před třemi týdny jsme se v naší Kongregaci Santo Domingo rozloučili s velkou sestrou: Imeldou Fernández Rodríguez, která se po téměř čtyřech letech nemoci vrátila 20. dubna 2021 do domu Otce.
Rodilá Asturijka s velkou vírou, láskou a důvěrou v "santinu", které vždy svěřovala svůj život i své těžkosti, prožila Imelda většinu let zasvěceného života mimo svou rodnou zemi. Byla to žena hluboké modlitby, měla velkorysé srdce, citlivá k potřebám druhých, radostná, prostá, upřímná, blízká, vstřícná. Její sestry dnes cítí prázdnotu, kterou nám zanechala, ale jsme si jisti, že z nebe na nás stále dohlíží.
Mládí strávila v Kolumbii, a když se vrátila do Španělska, s velkým nasazením se věnovala pedagogické činnosti na různých školách. Po mnoho let byla učitelkou noviců a prošlo jí mnoho generací, kterým vštěpovala pilíře dominikánského života, zejména lásku ke slovu.
Poslední roky se bezvýhradně věnovala kongregaci jako generální představená, a to od roku 2005 do roku 2017. Její láska k poslání kongregace a k mladým ženám ve formaci, její velkorysost a obětavost ji vedly k tomu, že se na konci svého druhého mandátu nabídla, že bude pomáhat v domě noviců v Kamerunu, což se jí podařilo jen na krátkou dobu, protože se kvůli choulostivé nemoci musela vrátit do Španělska.
Poslední období bylo pro ni velkým utrpením, ale na rtech měla stále úsměv. Svou nemoc snášela s velkou vírou, odvahou a nadějí a veškerou svou bolest obětovala pro svou kongregaci, což je oběť lásky, která vždy přináší ovoce.
Dnes děkujeme Bohu za její život, za její obětavost. Víme, že již vstala s Kristem, že odpočívá v pokoji a žije navěky. Zůstane přítomna v naší paměti a v našich srdcích.

Dominican Sisters at the United Nations

 On 26 March 2021, the dominican sisters at the United Nations discussed Sustainable Development Goal 5: Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality.

Here is the link to the video. The French and Spanish presentations have English subtitles .

communitas conference

 “Communitas” is an interfaculty conference that brings together experts from across the various disciplines of the PUST to present, debate and deepen our understanding of a topic of crucial importance for our day. In 2018-2019, the topic was “The Common Good or the Throw Away Society. Foundational Reflections and Practical Applications”; in 2019-2020, the conference was due to be on law, but had to be cancelled because of the pandemic. In 2020- 2021, Communitas provides the university with the opportunity to focus on “Preaching and the Arts”. For the first time in the history of this conference, it will be open to the participation of friars, sisters and lay Dominicans in Italy, either as main speakers, respondents or participants.

Preaching is a complex activity, but most would agree that communicating the faith is at its heart. For most of history (even if less so now), the complex activity of artists has been considered, at least in part, as a form of communication. It is not surprising, therefore, that the Order of Preachers has a long association with the arts, seen as an integral part of the order’s central charism of preaching.

In the year of the 800th anniversary of the dies natalis of St Dominic . . . . . . in a world that is becoming more visual, narrative and secularized, . . . where a rational presentation of the faith is increasingly rejected, and, . . . where the arts in the West have become largely separated from the sources of religious inspiration which have fed them until well into the 20th century: the interfaculty conference, Communitas 2021, addresses the topic of “Preaching and the Arts”.

More info

Registration to Communitas 2021 Events

Communitas website

Webinar: Changing the narrative, one story at a time

The Dominican Sisters at the United Nations invite you to join their webinar with panelists from 5 continents on 26 March 2021.
We will engage with stories from our panelists who have found their inner strength to act for themselves and others.
📍 The event will be available in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.
📍 Find out more about the event on this flyer

Two major UN commissions in FEb and MAR

The Commission for Social Development (Online | 8 – 17 Feb 2021)

UN Commission on the Status of Women (Online | 14 – 26 Mar 2021)

Please download the announcement here.

You can find complete information on the CSW65 on the UN website:  English, Français, Español


Report on YSOP 2021

by Sr. Eileen O’Connell OP, Dominican Sisters Cabra

Our sisters in Madrid were to be our hosts for the 2021 YSOP gathering but, as with so much else, COVID-19 intervened. It did not however prevent 40 sisters coming together even while staying apart – by Zoom. The language zones of DSE were represented by sisters of various nationalities and congregations. Our theme was: signs of the times in the distortion of truth. Sr Gemma Morató Sendra OP and Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP offered rich insights.

With Sr Gemma, we considered our current reality. In a post-truth world, emotions and not facts determine what one accepts as truth. Fake news, deliberation distortion of truth to manipulate emotions and beliefs, spreads ever-wider and faster and threatens to undermine  society. Dominicans, with our motto Truth, seem an unlikely fit here. Yet, the concern that moved St Dominic must also drive us to engage fully, asking like him: what will become of this world? How might we do this? Almost counter-intuitively, the shift beyond Bauman’s ‘liquid society’ to ‘gaseous society’ – everything is volatile, transitory, interpersonal links are weak, search for identity is central, fear of insecurity looms large – offers us a space to contribute. We Dominicans, who have given our whole lives to following God, can relate to this ‘gaseous’ world where everything is relative, there are no certainties, the lifelong nature of our commitment is so alien. In the ever-shifting ground of today, we consecrated Dominicans can tell that our life is rooted in something – or in someone: the God of compassion. We can communicate best by showing people our lives. Our communal life can offer a strong witness to God. Many experience loneliness and existential emptiness, exacerbated by society’s focus on individual over community. We can demonstrate the gift of communal life as a remedy to this pain only if we live together well. This calls us to put a new focus on the quality of our communal life. We can be obsessed with, even oppressed by, the busyness of mission and our communal life suffers. If it causes us to weaken or lose the witness of communal life, busyness becomes an unhelpful, unhealthy trap.

Fr Timothy asked what seeking truth means in the fake news context and how we might undertake our mission of truth-telling in a manner that overcomes polarities. Echoing Sr Gemma, he identified relationships and understanding the other as antidotes to fake news and named twin ‘tools’ for uncovering truth: objective study along with conversations that foster friendship. Portrait painters use these to capture and disclose the truth of their subject. Likewise, for Dominicans as truth seekers, we need to combine “intense peering”, the discipline of serious study, with the “exhilaration of conversation”, a deep genuine interest in others. We need Dominican scholars specialised in their field (and enabled and supported to be thus) as much as “charitable” Dominican conversationalists – strong relationship-builders with committed students. Even when seemingly futile, we must reach across divisions and have difficult conversations. Only together can we undertake this act of hope and discover other people’s truth. Jesus uncomfortable engagement with the Samaritan woman becomes real only when his word “penetrates her aggression” to reach her life’s truth.

On Saturday, we met Sr Marie Monnet OP, Justice and Peace Promoter for Europe and the Middle East. Their aims are to inform (with newsletters) and instruct (online programmes). Asking which issues interest us, she encouraged sisters to explore Domuni University and to contact her if willing to teach. We were glad that Sr Margaret Mayce OP, DSIC International Coordinator, was with us. She introduced the 2021 global visioning process – coming together to share hopes and dreams for Dominican life and mission for the next five years and exploring how DSIC can help. She told us again of her commitment to involving young sisters in DSIC and her intention to include them in the 2022 Assembly.

Our thanks especially to Sr Pílar del Barrio OP, DSE Coordinator, and to the DSE Council members for planning and bringing to fruition YSOP21 despite the pandemic. Our thanks too to our translators who ensured language was not a barrier to our communication. It was good to be together. We look forward in hope to YSOP22 and pray that then we can meet safely in person once again.

Sr Eileen O’Connell OP  

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Justice & Peace Webminar


-Experiences of encounter with migrants
         Stephen Cummins (Ireland) and Alessandro Cortessi (Italy)
-Dialogue between cultures
         Claudio Monge (Istanbul)
-Relationship between care of creation and social justice
         Luc-Thomas Somme (Geneve)
-Local and universal dimensions
         Richard Finn (England)
-Openness to neighborhood
         Petro Balog (Ukraine)
                  Time: Jan 21, 2021 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM in Rome

Známky doby v překrucování pravdy

The annual meeting for Young Sisters of the Order of Preachers (YSOP) was held on zoom last weekend (8-10 Jan). There were around 29 participants for each zoom session and translations were offered in Spanish, English and French. We had group sessions and social gathering on zoom that enriched the experience of being together.

Sr Gemma Morató, OP a P. Timothy Radcliffe, OP poskytli vynikající vstup pro reflexi na téma setkání. Jejich prezentační texty lze stáhnout kliknutím na následující odkazy:

Fr. Timothy Radcliffe – Difficult conversations (English) (Español)

Sr Gemma Morató – Fake news (English, Español)

Lumen Dominican centre - spring semester

Registration is now open for a number of online modules at Lumen which might be of interest to sisters in the wider Dominican world.  Please click here to download the brochure!


Yao Agbetse, professor of human rights and
independent expert at the United Nations,
hosted a webinar in French and English.
You can click here and listen to the session
around the theme:

“Monitoring and Evaluation of Human
Rights and International Humanitarian Law
in the Context of Conflict: The Case of the
Central African Republic”


The dominican sisters at Katarinahjemmet Oslo have made short videos of the O-antiphones that can be found on their blogpage.

O-antiphones from Katarinahjemmet

50, 60 a 70 let jubileum

Sestry dominikánky blahoslavené Imeldy oslavily 30. října výročí některých svých sester. Sdílíme jejich radost a blahopřejeme sestře Leonii Dainese, sestře Lině Basso a sestře Matilde Nicoletti, které oslavily padesáté výročí profesního života. Sr. Gabriella De Benetti, Sr. Tarcisia Ceoldo, Sr. Giulia di Raimo a Sr. Camilla Giacometti k jejich šedesátému výročí a Sr Bruna Branca k jejímu sedmdesátému výročí.

Kliknutím sem zobrazíte článek na jejich webové stránce. Zde jsou komentáře sester, které oslavily výročí, přeložené z italštiny.

"Přitažlivost je podobná té, kterou využívá něco krásného, fascinujícího a poutavého." Tak to bylo pro mě. Oslava jubilea znamenala a znamená odevzdat se Lásce s větší intenzitou, protože i po 50 letech zažívám, že je věrný, je jediný, kdo naplňuje můj život důstojně, smysluplně, bezdůvodně, láskou , se vším, co potřebuji, abych si nenechal pro sebe, ale aby jsem ho rozdal dalším bratrům a sestrám. Jak? Se Slovem, s přítomností, se zájmem a péčí, jako to dělá se mnou s darem sebe sama v eucharistii. Mohu se z NÍHO radovat, chválit ho, děkovat mu z celého srdce “. - Sr. Leonia Dainese

"Chvála a čest ti, Pane, za velkou radost z volání a odpověď s vírou, že tě následuji všude ... vždy." Dík! Je to 60 let ... ale připadá mi to jako první den. Pomozte mi být vždy připraveni a věrní, s milostí, která pochází od vás, nekonečná Trojice! “- Sr. Giulia De Raimo

“And on Your Word that I love, believe and hope. I’ll still sing your mercy, I will walk with You, Lord, because You called me and sent me: – Go tell my brothers … Here I am! – Sr. Lina Basso

"S radostí jsem oslavil 60. výročí svého povolání a poděkoval Pánu za milosrdenství použité v těchto letech, kterými bych se mu chtěl líbit." Dostal jsem svíčku jako symbol svého života, aby byla spotřebována před Bohem. K tomuto symbolu jsem přidal svou modlitbu: S pomocí Marie chci, aby můj život byl ano, a to nejen modlitbou, ale i konkrétností mého života “. - Sr. Tarcisia Ceoldo


První sliby

Blahopřejeme sestře Marze a sestře Catharině, které své první profese uskutečnily 16. listopadu 2020. Modleme se za ně a sestry dominikánky v Nizozemsku. Zde je oznámení od koncilu Sestry dominikánské sestry Svaté rodiny Neerbosch, Nizozemsko.

On Monday November 16, 2020 the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of the Holy Family – Neerbosch, celebrated the first profession of two sisters: Sister Marga and Sister Catharina. After a period of orientation they followed a year of noviciate. They studied Dominican life and spirituality and the apostolate of the congregation.

A year in which they could explore whether God was calling them to lead a life as a Dominican Sister. Both Sister Marga and Sister Catharina were confirmed in their choice to take the next step. They requested the Council for permission to take vows. The Council has wholeheartedly agreed to this.

The ceremony took place during the celebration of the Eucharist in our Saint Dominic’s Chapel in Nijmegen.

We trust that we may count on your prayers.

Council of the Congregation Dominican Sisters of the Holy Family Neerbosch, Netherlands


Sub-Commission for Liturgical Music

On 7 November 2020, the Master of the Order has appointed a Sub-Commission for Liturgical Music, whose main responsibility is to provide the Dominican Family resources on the variety of music (chants, responsorials, etc.) that is utilized throughout the world.

We congratulate the members of this sub-commision:

  • Sr. Ragnhild Bjelland OP
  • fr. Thomas Möller, OP
  • fr. Łukasz Miśko, OP
  • Sr. Marie Trainar, OP

One of the tasks the sub-commission is engaged in is to get in touch with sisters who have a university level degree in music. If you are one of them or if you know of any sisters, please get in touch!

Dear sisters, 
I want to inform you that I’ve been nominated, together with two brothers and a nun, in a Sub-Commision of the Liturgical Commission and I look forward to this task.
We will have our own meetings, but will also have joint meetings with Cliop. This is very interesting and a good opportunity to find ways to cooperate in the liturgical and fraternal common life for all Dominicans and the Dominican family.
The socius for Fraternal life sent us an email the other day to explain why this Sub-Commission was formed and what kind of task it is:

The Master has appointed a Sub-Commission for Liturgical Music, whose main responsibility is to provide the Dominican Family resources on the variety of music (chants, responsorials, etc.) that is utilized throughout the world. The principal reason for the appointment  is division labor and ensuring that the Liturgical Commission is able to fulfill its tasks as outlined in the LCO and the ACTA of Bien Hoa. The hope of the Master is that the Sub-Commission can disseminate the traditional and contemporary music that is experienced throughout the world by the Dominican Family. The Curia is often asked if it has resources on traditional and contemporary music, and the answer is simply we do not. We hope to develop a depository of music that can be accessed by the whole Dominican Family.

In this regard, I want your help, both DSI and all the Congregations for the following:
  • Please send me the names and info of sisters who have a degree (university level) in music, we want to create a kind of Catalogue
  • please forward this mail to sisters who may have names 
I’ll come back to you when we know more 
Fraternal greetings 
Sr Ragnhild Marie op

Dsic blog - shared reflections

Please check out the blog page on DSIC website where Dominican sisters from all around the world share their experience of navigating the pandemic.

Link to the blog: https://www.dsiop.org/blog/

Informal zoom course - Aquinas on christ

A 9-week zoom course on what Aquinas (and the church) teaches about Jesus Christ starts on October 16, 2020.

If interested, please email:  MercifulLove1@gmail.com

For more information please visit: English Dominican Congregation of St. Catherine of Siena

“In Communion with the Sacred Universe The Story of An Tairseach.” by Sr. Marian O’Sullivan OP

The virtual launch of  “In Communion with the Sacred Universe The Story of An Tairseach.” by Sr. Marian O’Sullivan OP member of the An Tairseach community, took place on October 10, 2020.

For more information please visit: The Dominican Sisters Cabra

První sliby

3. října 2020 složily sestry Marie Magdaléna a Chiara Mary z anglické dominikánské kongregace sv. Kateřiny ze Sieny své první sliby. Děkujeme Bohu za Jeho povolání a nechť ANO sestry Magdalény a sestry Chiary přineslo dobré ovoce pro svatou církev a bylo zdrojem inspirace. Modleme se za ně a za tři nové kandidáty, kteří právě zahájili svůj noviciát.

Více informací: https://www.stonedominicans.org/news/216-novices-new-and-old-and-vows-being-made

Gratulujeme sestře Helen Alfordové

Sr. Helen Alford, prorektorka Angelicum, která působila jako konzultantka Papežské rady pro spravedlnost a mír, byla jmenována do Papežské akademie sociálních věd 4. září 2020. Sr. Helen Alford aktivně spolupracovala s aktivitami DSI a DSE nabízejícími přednášky v týdnech studia a diskuse.