Sr. Gladys Echenique represented the Dominican Sisters of Oakford this year at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. Sr. Gladys joined sisters from Mission San Jose and San Rafael to host a booth of Dominican Women Religious from the West Coast. Sr. Gladys stated after the event, "It was a good experience to be able to be part of the body of Christ among fifty thousand people, especially at this hard time for our brothers and sisters who are refugees, immigrants, and the undocumented. All the liturgies were about these topics. The signs of our time!"
Sr. Dagmar Fasel (German Area), Sr. Anneliese Schäpers (South African), and Sr. Jodi Cecilia Min (United States) represented the Dominican Sisters of Oakford at the closing of the 800th Jubilee of the Dominican Order in Rome, Italy, in January 2017.
The Master of the Order, Fr. Bruno Cadoré first opened the Jubilee of the 800th Anniversary of the Order at the Basilica of Santa Sabina, Rome, on November 7th, 2015. The theme of the 800th Jubilee was “Sent to Preach the Gospel”, a recalling and a renewal of the mission of the Order entrusted to St. Dominic by the Church. The Jubilee year was a period to look back and examine the ways Dominicans have effectively carried out this mission and to examine ways it can continue into the future. Throughout the Jubilee year, Dominican friars, sisters and laity held various events all over the world to celebrate.
Pope Francis met with Dominicans at the close of their 800th anniversary year on August 4th, 2016, the former feast day of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the preaching order. Click the link below to learn more about the inspiring words he spoke to the Dominican Family gathered in Bologna, Italy, for the General Chapter of Dominican Friars.
The Department of Pastoral Care for Migrants and Refugees of the Archdiocese of Johannesburg, and Jesuit Refugee Services and other agencies serving refugees and migrants hosted a roundtable discussion on the issues around migration, and policy and legislative changes to the Refugee Act affecting migrants and refugees in South Africa.