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August 18, 2016, Washington, DC – Faculty members from both Barry University and Siena Heights University have contributed articles to a recent issue of the Journal of Catholic Higher Education. In recognition of the 800th Jubilee Year of the Dominicans, the issue is focused on the Dominican charism.
Scott F. Smith, PhD, and Roxanne S. Davies, PhD, of Barry University, wrote about “Institutionalizing Mission Engagement and Leadership Formation at a Dominican University.” The authors explore ways that Barry has developed a “mission-centered” spirit among students, faculty and staff to keep the Dominican heritage alive.
In her article, “‘What We Have Seen...’: Higher Education in the Dominican Tradition,” Sister Patricia Walter, OP, explores contemplation and the Dominican way of seeing through tradition and the signs of the times. Sister Patricia is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Siena Heights University.
The Journal of Catholic Higher Education, a peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, is “the only international journal dedicated to the distribution of scholarly work and commentary with a focus on contemporary Catholic education in the United States and around the world.”
August 12, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia – Leaders of Catholic Sisters from throughout the United States engaged in a contemplative action for an end to race-based violence in our country. The event began at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. Organized during the Leadership Conference for Women Religious assembly that gathered in Atlanta Aug. 9-13, about 160 women participated in the action.
The group began with a half mile silent procession to the Center for Civil and Human Rights and then spent five minutes in silent prayer and contemplation focusing on repentance for complicity in racism and prayer for peace. The group concluded their contemplative action singing “Let There Be Peace On Earth.”
Earlier this week, the Adrian Dominican Sisters joined with their Black Catholic brothers and sisters – clergy, Sisters, and deacons – in affirming that “Black Lives Matter” and in their message: “Scripture and Catholic social teaching cry out for justice and equality in our relationship with one another.”