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The Oakfords Visit the "Women & Spirit" Exhibit

By:  Sr. Anna Oven
On Sunday, August 15th, Sisters Gabriella, Teresita, and I thoroughly enjoyed the national traveling exhibit, “Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America”, hosted at Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.  As we walked through the exhibit for three hours, we experienced a sense of reverence in the telling of the real story of women religious who have played such a key role in the shaping of our nation.  It is a story of schools, hospitals, orphanages, and homeless shelters.  The Sisters made courageous new beginnings with practically nothing, trusting in Divine Providence, and putting themselves to the task which was needed to be done for the needs of the people around them.  One cannot help but be deeply moved by the dedication, self-giving, and at times, the risking of their lives for the Gospel.

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Sr. Jodi Min Hired by St. Mary's College

Sr. Jodi Min has been hired by St. Mary's College in Moraga, California, as the new Assistant Director of Lasallian Mission. Sr. Jodi began her new ministry on August 1st, 2011, and is responsible for Social Justice education and the coordination of Faith, Academic and Service Immersion programs at St. Mary's. The first two immersion programs she will lead are to Salinas, California.     www.stmarys-ca.edu


Sr. Gabi Named a Finalist for Lumen Christi Award

Now in its 34th year, the Lumen Christi Award is presented to an individual who best exemplifies the Light of Christ through his or her service to people in the poorest, most isolated regions of the United States. Oakford Dominican, Sr. Gabriella Williams, is one of six finalists being recognized for superb missionary outreach.  Though nominees became finalists via an online voting poll, there will not be online voting for the final round. As done in years prior, the Lumen Christi award winner will be selected by a panel of national judges, and announced by September.  Congratulations, Sr. Gabi!

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Sr. Alison Speaks at United Nations AIDS Event

More than 3000 people met at the United Nations in New York for the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS from 8-10 June.  Attendees reviewed the progress/challenges of the last 30 years and the future AIDS response.  More than 30 Heads of State, Government and Vice Presidents attended the meeting which included official plenary and five panel sessions and 40 individual side events.  Sr. Alison Munro, Oakford Dominican & Director of the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference AIDS Office, spoke on universal access to treatment for AIDS patients. 

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Detention Center Chaplains Gather for Training

Chaplains serving in six Homeland Security immigration detention centers recently gathered for their annual training meetings at the Notre Dame Retreat Center in Canandaigua, NY.  The group was comprised of staff members from Jesuit Refugee Service, USA and Church World Service – the groups partner to provide chaplains and religious service programs in detention centers throughout the United States.

Among the group were two Dominican Sisters (one was Sr. Lynn Allvin of the Oakford Dominicans), two Jesuit priests, a Lady of Victory Knoll Missionary Sister, a Franciscan Sister, a Catholic deacon, a Presbyterian Minister, a Pastor of the Reformed United Church of Christ, a Muslim and a 7th Day Adventist. It was a richly diverse group!

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