Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Request for Prayers

Sister Kathleen Voss requests prayers for the happy repose of her brother, Timothy Voss, who passed away Thursday in Florida.  

Monday, November 17, 2014

Universre Canticle of Sheila Flynn's women in NYC and prayer requests.

Attached you will find an invitation and announcement about the Universe Canticle done by the women of South Africa with Sheila Flynn OP.( http://mariposamuseum.org/events/?event_id1=22) It will be at a show in New York. You can send her congratulations and remembrances of seeing some of it at Racine at

Request for prayer
One of our members, Nancy McAward OP ,in the infirmary at Columbus has died. She is a good friend of Coleen Gallagher (fobop@aol.com)who has supported Colleen's art through the years. Her funeral is Thursday.

Please continue to prayer

Elizabeth Slenker OP can use prayers as she walks with her sister Mary Ann Love who is undergoing chemo. We pray for Mary Ann and her family.

The Holidays are a difficult time so let us pray for all who mourn especially those who have lost family and friends throughout this year.

Thank you
I will continue to pass on the names of those interested in writing the history of Dominican Artists in the US. If you are interested email me and Janet Welsh OP at jwelshop@dom.edu.  She will be in touch

Barbara Schwarz OP

Friday, September 19, 2014

News of Membership

Nancy Murray OP - hear her about her story and her play on Dorothy Stang in a radio interview

Thoma Swanson OP- speaker at Arts as Preaching Day at Albertus Magnus, New Haven

Requests for prayer:
Jill Poehlman is back in the hospital perhaps in ICU. She needs our prayers.
Cards of support can be sent to her and Mike at 1775 Arlington Lane, Glendale Heights IL 60139

Elizabeth Slenker OP can use prayers as she walks with her sister Mary Ann Love who is undergoing chemo. We pray for Mary Ann and her family.

Good News:
Last year at this time we were praying for Mary Fran Gorman after her car accident and illness. She is in the motherhouse but teaching pottery again. And we saw Mary Boyce who looked great at the gathering!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Liz Sully OP

SinsinOP this morning reported that Liz fractured her pelvis not her hip and is recuperating in hospital. Although a fractured pelvis is not good news, I would think that it is better than a fractured hip.

Prayers for her recovery

Elizabeth Nagel

Monday, June 23, 2014

Again our artists are in the NCR!

This time in the June 6-19 section Mission and Ministry, Rita Schlitz OP and Barbara Chenicek OP from Adrian were given a large article with wonderful pictures to celebrate their 40th anniversary at INAI Studios. Congratulations! Link is below.


And on Global Sisters Reports there are two blogs from Sheila Flynn OP in South Africa on her art and her ministry there! Congratulations Sheila!


Joseph Kilikevice

1:27 PM (13 minutes ago)
to me
Dominican artists,

INAI is Dominican preaching at its best. Barbara Chenicek, OP and Rita Schiltz, OP have expressed in sacred spaces what Vatican II sought to express in its amazing and spirit filled documents, (documents that were greatly influenced by Dominican theologians MD Chenu, Yves Congar and others).  I will never forget the day I entered the newly renovated Dominican Chapel in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Its silent, beauty embraced me as I walked from the transition space at the entrance that guided me to the door that opened onto a journey of letting go into a sacred space of “what was deleted and what was included,” as Barbara and Rita put it.  It was a sacred place where I was being invited to delete things in myself so as to be welcomed and included in a space where I could encounter the holy.  

I began to notice the many details that together took part in the whole composition.  It was the exquisite beauty of unadorned walls that first struck me.  Angles and plaines created both communal liturgical space and private intimate spaces.  I noticed the neutral colors that allowed the brilliant greens in the large tapestry hung to celebrate summer.  Gentle movement of outdoor greens softly filtered through the translucent windows.  And I noticed my tears as I sat in the silence to receive the Word of God. where the place itself was sacred Dominican preaching. 

If you haven’t been to this chapel, it’s well worth your time to make a pilgrimage there.  Well done Rita and Barb.  I look forward to seeing the Great Bend, Kansas chapel at the DIA conference in 2015.

Joe Kilikevice, OP

Monday, June 9, 2014

Preaching thru the Arts

Some recent postings of Membership:

Our Brother Joe Kilikevice OP is featured in an article on his dances of universal peace in the NCR.
Congratulations Joseph!

Barbara Schwarz has had some more postings in Visual Life blog of the Global Sisters Report 
See: http://globalsistersreport.org/spirituality/june-5-2014-4161 and http://globalsistersreport.org/blog/visual-life/june-2-2014-3651
A photo salsify is also on that column and is mine.
Earlier piece was at http://globalsistersreport.org/column/speaking-god/spirituality/jesus-and-women-you-are-set-free-1186

Note the Global Sisters Report is open to your entries.(Sorry guys!) Visual Life is a place to share your photography, artwork and inspirational or thought-provoking quotes with all of us.  We welcome your ideas and images.
Email Tracy Abeln for more information or to share: tabeln@ncronline.org.

See too our Gallery at www.diartsop.org and see new postings of some of our membership!
We are proud of all of our artists.  To have your work posted we need digital copies. We do not have time to do scans and get it all up.

Take a chance and put your self out there.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Be sure to send things to Global Sisters Report

My art piece made it with proper attribution See: http://globalsistersreport.org/spirituality/june-5-2014-4161  Actual piece is brighter and pearlized background.
A photo salsify is also on that column and is mine. Even if they made me Franciscan.

Visual column is unpaid but gives exposure. 

Friday, May 23, 2014

Did you know? Time is moving quickly

Registration for the Adrian Gathering is due on June 15th.

If you are not sure if you have registered contact Elizabeth Slenker OP contact info is on the Gathering Page.

More on Rudolf's dad from the NYtimes

the funeral will be at 11am on Friday morning at the Brompton Oratory. It will be a funeral Mass celebrated in the Tridentine Rite (i.e. all in Latin...)by my brother. I will preach the homily

See http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/23/arts/music/prince-rupert-zu-loewenstein-rolling-stones-money-manager-dies-at-80.html?emc=edit_th_20140523&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=41173408&_r=0
For more on Rudolf's dad.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Rudolf Lowenstein's Father's name

Dear All,

thank you for that. I do appreciate it...

My father always used his name and title - so he was known as Prince Rupert Loewenstein (or if you want the full name, Prince Rupert zu Loewenstein Wertheim Freudenberg).

Given that I am a friar, I usually just keep to fr Rudolf when being formal and (as most of you all know me) Rudolf. The formal side of things I did not really inherit!!!



Note: Funeral is next week. His brother will preside at the Tridentine mass and Rudolf will preach. It was his father's request to have the Tridentine Mass.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Inai Studio

For those of you who missed the wonderful occasion last summer when the Adrian Congregation celebrated the 40th anniversary of INAI Studio, we now have a recording of the presentation given by Sisters Barbara Chenicek and Rita Schiltz posted on our Adrian Dominican Sisters public website. You will find it under the “Publications” tab at this link:


The hour-long visual presentation, “INAI 40—Reflections on a Grace: The Journey of INAI,” depicts four decades of extraordinary design of contemporary sacred space. We delayed in posting it because we needed to do some work to render the beautiful images more true to the originals than the initial recording captured.

Please share the link with family and friends!


Elise D. GarcĂ­a, OP

Monday, April 7, 2014

DIA Member Alyce Van Acker OP has 40 Year Retrospective Show

Adrian Sister Alyce Van Acker OP is a master of Color and a long-time member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts.  This April 2014 she is having a retrospective show called " Sharing Color". ​

Fine Line Creative Arts Center in St. Charles, IL will host a solo spring show in honor of Batavia resident Alyce Van Acker, O.P. The exhibit “Sharing Color” will feature selected paintings from four decades of painting. These will include a variety of sizes and techniques.

Alyce says,“Color – for me- is the most avidly enjoyed and magnetizing element to utilize in painting. Through it, I believe my paintings evoke a tranquil luminosity as they speak of land and atmosphere: air, space, sunlight, water and fog. At the same time, each painting is a metaphor of inner and outer experience.”

Van Acker, who also was Fine Line’s first painting teacher, has taught numerous drawing and painting classes since she started in 1980.

The show will run from April 17 through May 23 in the Kavanagh Gallery at Fine Line, 37W570 Bolcum Road, St. Charles.  An artist’s reception will take place in the gallery from 5:30 to 8p.m.

Friday, May 2.

Monday, March 31, 2014

We all know this year's gathering is in Weber Center in Adrian from July 23-26. This is the last event at Weber Center. I hope you have considered sending in your registration and memberships.

We have happy news to report regarding our gatherings in 2015 and 2016. Through the hard work of Mary Pat Reid and Pat Daly along with the support of local membership we are happy to announce we have sites for those two gatherings. As we had shared many motherhouses have had renovations that preclude our meeting there and this has not been an easy task.

We realize some of you may need to budget for these Gatherings and so are sending you the dates and places now.

Happily both are on the grounds of Dominican Motherhouses:

DIA Gathering 2015 will take place at Heartland Spirituality Center in Great Bend, Kansas. It is a ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace and is located on the grounds of the Great Bend Motherhouse and has the chapel designed by INAI as well as Dominican hospitality.  It will take place Wednesday July 22 through Saturday, July 25, 2015.
DIA Gathering 2016 will take place at the retreat center at Racine, WI from Wednesday July 27 through Saturday, July 30, 2016.

We hope you will mark your calendars for these future gatherings.

I hope you have seen the last email which involved website opportunities for sisters and associates for the sisters grant for ncr. I hope you will take advantage of it.

Congratulations to  Alyce Van Acker OP  who is having a 40 year retrospective this month. We hope to know more soon so we can publicize it. If you are having a show or special event please let us know.

Happy Lent!

Barbara Schwarz OP

Friday, March 28, 2014

NCR expanded coverage for Women religious and associates

I encourage you to consider being part of this project.
As you are all aware, the National Catholic Reporter received a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to expand coverage of women religious, both in the U.S. and internationally. As part of that initiative, a Global Sisters Report website will be launched in April.

Sister Jan Cebula, OSF, the Project Liaison for the website, has contacted us to explore how CWR members can become involved and contribute. As the Global Sisters Report website launch approaches, Sister Jan is reaching out to CWR for the specific needs for the website at this point in time:

Women religious and others associated with women religious who are interested in writing for a blog (short pieces) on a frequent basis. These would be responses to timely events or current issues in the news, written from the writer’s perspective. Persons interested in writing a blog, should contact Sister Jan Cebula, OSF at jcebula@ncronline.org for more information and to submit a writing sample.

Women religious who are interested in writing longer pieces (essay length--800-1000 words) on a regular basis on the following topics: environmental issues, economic inequality/poverty and contemplation. Persons interested should contact Sister Jan Cebula, OSF at jcebula@ncronline.org for more information and to submit a writing sample.

Young women in formation who are interested in writing occasional columns. Persons interested should contact Colleen Dunne at cdunne@ncronline.org and submit a writing sample.

Contributions of inspiring or compelling photographs or visual artwork. For more information, contact Tracy Abeln at tabeln@ncronline.org.

CWR Executive Team: Julie Gilberto Brady, Co-Chair, Eileen Dickerson, Co-chair, Sister Barbara Mullen, CSJ, Treasurer

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Grand Rapids Art Exhibit

Lucianne Siers OP sent this to forward to membership. Even if you can't go the pdf is beautiful. Grandrapids are exhibt_small.pdf    PDf of exhibit.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Have YOU seen us at the Dominican Sister Conference Website?

News of the Dominican Institute for the Arts is getting around. Don't miss your chance as a member to be on the website. Just go to member pages and download the form and send it to us with photos. It really is easy.

Today see us at www.dominicansistersconference.org in the middle of the home page both the gathering info and our OPalette!


Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Springfieldop General Chapter Statement

 I thought the Dominican Institute for the Arts members might find some inspiration in the General Chapter Statement just adopted by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.  The Springfield Dominicans are energized and inspired by this collective wisdom about the unfolding of evolutionary consciousness, and thought you might be too!
Press release attached.  Link to page on website: http://springfieldop.org/news/chapter-statement/  Please see our YouTube video as well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlmtsaOa6Mw&feature=youtu.be
Dawn Boyer, Director of Communications
Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois
1237 W Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Poetry Alive Festival

Since our regular deadline (Feb. 15)  is fast approaching, we've extended our regular deadline to March 3rd.  As you well know December and early-to-mid-January things are pretty much in hibernation mode in general.  So, I figured that we needed to extend our regular deadline to give folks, especially students, time to submit works.  The early deadline still holds at February 1st, in which entrants are charged 50 percent less in fees.    

Attached is a revised flyer.  I'll send you the poetry film flyer in another email, as both files may be too large for our serve to handle.  [To find flyers go to www.poetryalive.org as files are too big to place here]

Please helps us by letting DIA members know of this extension.  Thank you!
fr. Armando

Friday, January 17, 2014

Please pray for:

Rudolf Lowenstein's dad who is sick and out of his country.

Pat Daly and Janice Holkup as they mourn their losses

Add requests in comments below

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Membership Mailing has been done

Look out for Membership forms in your email from diartsop@gmail.com or if you are on the snail mail list it is in the mail. Please complete and send in your forms. Lots of new and exciting initatives for members. Not to mention web presence if you so desire.