Faits marquants


Sr Imelda Fernandez est décédée le 21 avril 2021 et voici un compte-rendu de sa vie écrit par Sr Cristina Antolin Tomas, Prieure générale, CSD.

Il y a seulement trois semaines, dans notre Congrégation Santo Domingo, nous avons dit au revoir à une grande sœur : Imelda Fernández Rodríguez, qui après presque quatre ans de maladie est retournée à la maison du Père le 20 avril 2021.
Asturienne de naissance, avec une grande foi, un grand amour et une grande confiance dans la "santina" à laquelle elle a toujours confié sa vie et ses difficultés, Imelda a vécu la plupart de ses années de vie consacrée hors de sa terre natale. Elle était une femme de prière profonde, elle avait un cœur généreux, sensible aux besoins des autres, joyeuse, simple, sincère, proche, accueillante. Aujourd'hui, ses sœurs ressentent le vide qu'elle nous laisse, mais nous sommes sûres que, du haut du ciel, elle continue de veiller sur nous.
Elle a passé sa jeunesse en Colombie et, à son retour en Espagne, elle a développé avec beaucoup de dévouement sa vocation d'éducatrice dans diverses écoles. Elle a été maitresse de novices pendant de nombreuses années et de nombreuses générations sont passées par elle et elle a semé en elles les piliers de la vie dominicaine, en particulier l'amour de la Parole.
Ses dernières années ont été marquées par un dévouement inconditionnel à la Congrégation en tant que prieure générale, de 2005 à 2017. Son amour pour la mission de la Congrégation et pour les jeunes soeurs en formation, sa générosité et son dévouement, l'ont amenée à s'offrir, à la fin de son second mandat, pour aider dans la maison du noviciat au Cameroun, une mission qu'elle n'a remplie que pendant une courte période car une maladie délicate l'a fait rentrer en Espagne.
Cette dernière période a été marquée par une grande souffrance, mais elle avait toujours le sourire aux lèvres. Elle a supporté sa maladie avec beaucoup de foi, de courage et d'espoir, offrant toute sa douleur pour sa Congrégation, un sacrifice d'amour qui porte toujours ses fruits.
Aujourd'hui, nous remercions Dieu pour sa vie, pour son dévouement. Nous savons qu'elle est déjà ressuscitée avec le Christ, qu'elle repose en paix et qu'elle vit pour toujours. Elle restera présente dans notre mémoire et dans nos cœurs.

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

Les signes des temps dans la déformation de la vérité

La réunion annuelle des Jeunes Sœurs de l'Ordre des Prêcheurs (YSOP) s'est tenue sur zoom le week-end dernier (8-10 janvier). Il y avait environ 29 participants pour chaque session de zoom et des traductions ont été proposées en espagnol, en anglais et en français. Nous avons eu des sessions de groupe et des rencontres sociales sur le zoom qui ont enrichi l'expérience d'être ensemble et de partager nos réflexions.

Sr Gemma Morató, OP et le Père Timothy Radcliffe, OP ont apporté une excellente contribution à la réflexion sur le thème de la réunion. Leurs textes de présentation peuvent être téléchargés en cliquant sur les liens suivants :

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

Jubilé des 50, 60 et 70 ans

Les sœurs dominicaines de la Bienheureuse Imelda ont célébré l'anniversaire de certaines de leurs sœurs le 30 octobre. Nous partageons leur joie et nous félicitons Sœur Leonia Dainese, Sœur Lina Basso et Sr. Matilde Nicoletti qui ont célébré leur cinquantième anniversaire de vie professée. S. Gabriella De Benetti, S. Tarcisia Ceoldo, S. Giulia di Raimo et S. Camilla Giacometti pour leur soixantième anniversaire et S. Bruna Branca pour son soixante-dixième anniversaire.

Cliquez ici pour lire l'article sur leur site web. Voici les commentaires des sœurs qui ont célébré l'anniversaire, traduits de l'italien.

"L'attraction est similaire à celle exercée par quelque chose de beau, de fascinant, d'engageant. C'était donc le cas pour moi. Célébrer le jubilé a signifié et signifie me redonner à l'Amour avec plus d'intensité parce que je fais l'expérience, même après 50 ans, qu'Il est fidèle, qu'Il est le seul qui remplit ma vie de dignité, de sens, de gratuité, d'amour, de tout le bien dont j'ai besoin, non pour le garder pour moi, mais pour le distribuer à d'autres frères et sœurs. Comment ? Avec la Parole, avec la Présence, avec l'Intérêt et le Soin, comme Il le fait avec moi avec le Don de Lui-même dans l'Eucharistie. Je ne peux que me réjouir en LUI, le louer, le remercier de tout mon cœur". - Sœur Leonia Dainese

"Louange et honneur à Toi, Seigneur, pour la grande joie de l'appel, et réponse avec foi, à te suivre partout ... toujours. Merci ! Cela fait 60 ans... mais c'est comme si c'était le premier jour. Aide-moi à être toujours prêt et fidèle, avec la grâce qui vient de Toi, Trinité infinie ! " - Soeur 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

"C'est avec joie que j'ai célébré mon 60e anniversaire de profession, en remerciant le Seigneur pour la miséricorde dont il a fait preuve au cours de ces années et dont j'aurais aimé lui faire plaisir. On m'a donné une bougie comme symbole de ma vie, afin qu'elle soit consommée devant Dieu. À ce symbole, j'ai ajouté ma prière : Avec l'aide de Marie, je veux que ma vie soit un oui, non seulement par la prière, mais aussi dans le concret de ma vie". - Sœur Tarcisia Ceoldo


Premiers vœux

Nous félicitons Sœur Marga et Sœur Catharina qui ont fait leurs premières professions le 16 novembre 2020. Prions pour elles et pour les sœurs dominicaines des Pays-Bas. Voici la notification du Conseil de la Congrégation des Sœurs Dominicaines de la Sainte Famille de Neerbosch, Pays-Bas.

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

Premiers vœux

Le 3 octobre 2020, les sœurs Marie-Madeleine et Chiara Mary de la congrégation dominicaine anglaise de Sainte-Catherine de Sienne ont fait leurs premiers vœux. Nous remercions Dieu pour son appel et que le OUI de Sœur Madeleine et de Sœur Chiara porte de bons fruits pour la Sainte Eglise et soit une source d'inspiration. Prions pour elles et pour les trois nouvelles candidates qui viennent de commencer leur noviciat.

Plus d'informations : https://www.stonedominicans.org/news/216-novices-new-and-old-and-vows-being-made

Félicitations à Soeur Helen Alford

Sœur Helen Alford, vice-recteur de l'Angelicum, qui a été consultante du Conseil pontifical pour la justice et la paix, a été nommée à l'Académie pontificale des sciences sociales le 4 septembre 2020. Sœur Helen Alford a collaboré activement aux activités des DSI et de la DSE en donnant des conférences lors de semaines d'étude et en participant à des discussions.