- Oct 19, 2020
During the ISIS occupation of the Nineveh Plains, some 100 places of worship were destroyed, mostly Christian churches. Now, thanks to the support of the pontifical foundation Aid to the Church in Need, about 1,000 Christian families have returned to their homes. Among those seeking to go home are a group of nuns forced to flee the area they had called home for over a century.
Although the University of Virginia campus had not started its fall semester and new and returning students had not moved in August 12 when a white supremacist rally was taking place in Charlottesville, there were still some students on campus as well as faculty and staff, and about 250 of them gathered for a prayer vigil and rosary for peace August 13 at St. Thomas Aquinas, the university’s parish church.
A person who decides to enter religious life faces many obstacles, but one of the most daunting and least considered initially is student debt. When vocations go up, it becomes too difficult for a community to pay off all student loans, so those entering religious life have had to find ways to pay it off themselves before getting on with their new lives.
Dominican Father Vivian Boland, vicar of the master of the order, told Catholic News Service Jan. 17 that in almost any situation of difficulty or challenge, “there are Dominicans somewhere in the world trying to respond to those questions.”
A young American Dominican tells Kathryn Jean Lopez that World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, in July changed his priesthood: “No matter the circumstances, place of origin, or history, the love of God given to the world through the priesthood transcends all boundaries.”
According to Professor Holly Taylor Coolman, two legitimate values are colliding at Providence College: Concern for preserving its Catholic and Dominican identity, and the need to correct the longstanding exclusion of several marginal groups.