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: and
A photo salsify is also on that column and is mine.
Earlier piece was at

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:

See too our Gallery at 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:  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.