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Monday, Aug. 6, is the fourth anniversary of the exodus of Christians from Nineveh Plain because of the invasion of ISIS. Recently Sister Nazik Matty, a scripture scholar and member of the leadership team for the Sisters of St. Catharine of Siena, Iraq, presented a paper on the sisters’ experience of return. The paper Cracked_Standing_Nazik_2018 was presented at an annual conference of Catholic laity in Germany.

Nazik’s powerful work can be transformative for Dominicans in the United States. To that end, the Iraq Coordinating Committee has prepared a Reflection Guide for your personal or communal study. The Reflection Guide follows the article in the link.

Should you wish, you are encouraged to make a written response to our Iraqi Dominican family and send it to Sister Kathy Nolan no later than August 30. These comments will be translated into Arabic and carried to Iraq by the delegates. Then, you can look forward to an opportunity to engage with the delegates after their return via a national video conference call. Details of that call will be communicated at a later date.

“Cracked but still Standing” is an invitation to study & contemplative response to our Iraqi Dominican Sisters on the fourth anniversary of their exodus from ISIS, August 6, 2014. Read 1 Peter 3:8-18: Call for Harmony, by Sister Nazik Matty, OP. Consider a discussion of the paper within a circle of your friends and sisters.


Please note: Nazik considers this a work in progress; thus, it is marked as a draft.

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