Title: Seeking Truth, Promoting Justice: Teaching, Learning, and
Engaging the Dominican Mission in a Complex World
Arlene Flaherty, a Dominican Sister from the Blauvelt community in New York, has been a justice promoter and educator for over 25 years. Before joining Catholic Relief Services as Justice and Peace Partnerships Liaison, Arlene was Executive Director of the Intercommunity Center for Justice and Peace, a justice and peace coalition of 40 Catholic faith-based congregations.
She has spent 11 years in Kingston, Jamaica, teaching at the University of the West Indies School of Theology and in doing community organizing among the poor of West Kingston.
Arlene’s work has brought her to Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East. In 1999 she helped lead a delegation to Iraq and documented the impact of sanctions and embargo on Iraqi children. Following her trip to Iraq, Arlene presented those findings to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva. Recently, Arlene has traveled to Syria and Lebanon to document the Iraqi refugee situation there. She has been working for the last six years with Catholic Relief Services, the International Relief and Development Agency of the US Catholic Church. Arlene holds Masters Degrees in Scripture and in Theology and a Doctorate in Ministry.
Summary: For over 800 years, Dominicans have been significant contributors to the shaping of a just and peaceful world order. In Dominican history, scholars and ministerial practitioners have collaborated by bringing the truth of their experience, study, analysis, and ethical assessment to the critical concerns of the day. What meaning does this legacy have for the Dominican Mission and for Dominican Communities of Higher Education in the 21st century?