In evidenza


Suor Imelda Fernandez è morta il 21 aprile 2021 ed ecco una recensione della sua vita scritta da Suor Cristina Antolin Tomas, Priora generale, CSD.

Solo tre settimane fa, nella nostra Congregazione Santo Domingo, abbiamo salutato una grande sorella: Imelda Fernández Rodríguez, che dopo quasi quattro anni di malattia è tornata alla casa del Padre il 20 aprile 2021.
Asturiana di nascita, con grande fede, amore e fiducia nella "santina" a cui ha sempre affidato la sua vita e le sue difficoltà, Imelda ha vissuto la maggior parte dei suoi anni di vita consacrata fuori dalla sua terra natale. Era una donna di profonda preghiera, aveva un cuore generoso, sensibile ai bisogni degli altri, gioiosa, semplice, sincera, vicina, accogliente. Oggi le sue sorelle sentono il vuoto che ci lascia, ma siamo sicuri che dal cielo continua a vegliare su di noi.
Ha trascorso la sua giovinezza in Colombia e quando è tornata in Spagna, ha sviluppato con grande dedizione la sua vocazione di educatrice in varie scuole. È stata maestra di novizie per molti anni e molte generazioni sono passate attraverso di lei e ha seminato in loro i pilastri della vita domenicana, specialmente l'amore della Parola.
I suoi ultimi anni sono stati di dedizione incondizionata alla Congregazione come Priora Generale, dal 2005 al 2017. Il suo amore per la missione della Congregazione e per le giovani in formazione, la sua generosità e dedizione, la portarono ad offrirsi, alla fine del suo secondo mandato, per aiutare nella casa del noviziato in Camerun, missione che compì solo per poco tempo perché una delicata malattia la fece tornare in Spagna.
Quest'ultimo periodo è stato di grande sofferenza, ma aveva sempre il sorriso sulle labbra. Ha sopportato la sua malattia con grande fede, coraggio e speranza, offrendo per la sua Congregazione tutto il suo dolore, un sacrificio d'amore che porta sempre frutto.
Oggi ringraziamo Dio per la sua vita, per la sua dedizione. Sappiamo che è già risorta con Cristo, che riposa in pace e vive per sempre. Rimarrà presente nella nostra memoria e nei nostri cuori.

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

Segni dei tempi nella distorsione della verità

L'incontro annuale delle Giovani Sorelle dell'Ordine dei Predicatori (YSOP) si è tenuto lo scorso fine settimana (8-10 gennaio). Ci sono stati circa 29 partecipanti per ogni sessione di zoom e sono state offerte traduzioni in spagnolo, inglese e francese. Abbiamo avuto sessioni di gruppo e incontri sociali su zoom che hanno arricchito l'esperienza di stare insieme condividendo le nostre riflessioni.

Suor Gemma Morató, OP e Padre Timothy Radcliffe, OP hanno dato un eccellente contributo per la riflessione sul tema dell'incontro. I loro testi di presentazione possono essere scaricati cliccando sui seguenti link:

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 e 70 anni di giubileo

Nella congregazione delle suore imeldine la risposta alla chiamata del Signore ha dato frutti pregiati: lo scorso 30 ottobre, infatti, alcune delle nostre sorelle hanno festeggiato il Giubileo di professione e di vita religiosa. Condividiamo la loro gioia e ci congratuliamo Sr. Leonia Dainese, Sr. Lina Basso e Sr. Matilde Nicoletti hanno celebrato il cinquantesimo anniversario, mentre Sr. Gabriella De Benetti, Sr. Tarcisia Ceoldo, Sr. Giulia di Raimo e Sr. Camilla Giacometti il loro sessantesimo. Per la nostra sorella Bruna Branca, invece, è stato il settantesimo.

Clicca qui per l'articolo sul loro sito web. Ecco i commenti delle suore che hanno celebrato l'anniversario, tradotti dall'italiano.

“L’attrattiva è simile a quella esercitata da qualcosa di bello, affascinante, coinvolgente. Così è stato per me. Celebrare il giubileo ha significato e significa Riconsegnarmi all’Amore con più intensità perché sto sperimentando, ancora dopo 50 anni, che Lui è fedele, è l’Unico che riempie la mia vita di dignità, di significato, di gratuità, di amore, di ogni bene che mi è necessario, non da tenere per me, ma da distribuire agli altri fratelli e sorelle. Come? Con la Parola, con la Presenza, con l’Interesse e la Cura, come fa Lui con me con il Dono di Se Stesso nell’Eucaristia. Non posso che esultare in LUI, lodarLo, ringraziarLo con tutto il cuore”. Sr. Leonia Dainese

“Lode e onore a Te, Signore, per la grande gioia della chiamata, e risposta con fede, di seguirti ovunque...sempre. Grazie! Sono 60 anni…ma sembra il primo giorno. Aiutami ad essere sempre pronta e fedele, con la grazia che viene da Te, Trinità infinita!” Sr. Giulia De Raimo

“E sulla Tua Parola che amo, credo e spero. Ancora canterò la tua misericordia, camminerò con Te, Signore, perché Tu mi hai chiamata e inviata: -Va’ a dire ai miei fratelli… Eccomi!-. Sr. Lina Basso

“With joy I celebrated my 60th anniversary of profession, thanking the Lord for the mercy used in these years that I would like to have been pleasing to him. I was given a candle as a symbol of my life, so that it is consumed before God. To this symbol I added my prayer: With the help of Mary, I want my life to be a yes, not only with prayer , but in the concreteness of my life ". Sr. Tarcisia Ceoldo


Primi voti

Ci congratuliamo con suor Marga e suor Catharina che hanno fatto la loro prima professione il 16 novembre 2020. Preghiamo per loro e per le suore domenicane in Olanda. Ecco la notifica del Consiglio della Congregazione delle Suore Domenicane della Sacra Famiglia Neerbosch, Paesi Bassi.

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:

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:

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

Primi voti

Il 3 ottobre 2020, le sorelle Maria Maddalena e Chiara Maria della Congregazione domenicana inglese di Santa Caterina da Siena hanno emesso i primi voti. Ringraziamo Dio per la sua chiamata e che il sì di suor Maddalena e di suor Chiara porti buoni frutti per la Santa Chiesa e sia fonte di ispirazione. Preghiamo per loro e per le tre nuove candidate che hanno appena iniziato il noviziato.

Maggiori informazioni:

Congratulazioni a suor Helen Alford

Sr. Helen Alford, vice-rettore dell'Angelicum, che è stata consulente del Pontificio Consiglio della Giustizia e della Pace, è stata nominata alla Pontificia Accademia delle Scienze Sociali il 4 settembre 2020. Sr. Helen Alford ha collaborato attivamente con le attività del DSI e del DSE offrendo lezioni durante le settimane di studio e impegnandosi in discussioni.